Science Nation - Good Vibrations

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Treating brain disease with some good vibes Columbia University bioengineer Elisa Konofagou is making waves when it comes to researching treatments for degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. These aren't just any waves; they're ultrasound waves. "Ultrasound denotes acoustic wave propagation. If you increase the intensity and pressure of these waves, you can cause biological effects on tissues," says Konofagou. For this and more Science Nation, go to...

Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

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F. X. Pi-Sunyer, MD defines metabolic syndrome and obesity and discusses the design and preliminary results of the Look AHEAD trial involving the importance of life style modification in the prevention of cardiovascular complications in patients with type II diabetes. Current and potential approaches to the therapy of obesity include modulators of the endocannabinoid system, drugs affecting free fatty acid synthesis and metabolism as drugs capable of increasing metabolic expenditure.