A new av­enue for di­et pill mak­ers? UC San Diego re­searchers un­cov­er root of lep­tin re­sis­tance

Let’s be hon­est, the mar­ket for weight loss drugs has most­ly been bust. While the in­dus­try has moved on from the fen-phen fi­as­co of decades past, new­er di­et pills like Belviq and Qsymia have still failed to de­liv­er big sales. In the back­ground, how­ev­er, sci­en­tists con­tin­ue to un­pack the com­pli­cat­ed in­ter­nal mech­a­nisms that lead to obe­si­ty. And a team of re­searchers in San Diego say they’ve dis­cov­ered some­thing that might give drug­mak­ers re­newed hope.

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