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Allergy meds slim down obese mice

Animal study shows over-the-counter medications lower weight and treat type 2 diabetes

12:19pm, July 27, 2009

Over-the-counter allergy medications turn obese, diabetic mice into healthy, normal-weight mice, researchers report.

The new research focuses on mast cells, immune system players critical to the inflammatory response involved in allergies.

The study appears along with three other independent studies in the July 26 online Nature Medicine that show a connection between type 2 diabetes and the immune system.

“Certainly the study is very exciting,” says George King of Harvard University’s Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, who was not involved in the research. “

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