Friday, 29 December 2017

NTU scientists develop patch that helps burn fats

Prof Chen Peng (left) and Asst Prof Xu Chenjie with the new microneedle fat burning patch. (Photo: Nanyang Technological University and channelnewsasia)

In a press release, NTU said the scientists have developed a patch which delivers drugs that are known to turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat, via micro-needles.

NTU said the patch reduced weight gain in mice on a high fat diet and their fat mass by more than 30% over four weeks.

The treated mice also had significantly lower blood cholesterol and fatty acids levels compared to the untreated mice.

NTU said the new type of skin patch contains hundreds of micro-needles, each thinner than a human hair, which are loaded with the drug Beta-3 adrenergic receptor agonist or another drug called thyroid hormone T3.

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Environment: Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Source: channelnewsasia

The palm-fringed Kuta beach in Bali has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.

Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents.

Indonesia is the world's second biggest contributor to marine debris after China.


Forum: Cut down on announcements at MRT stations and in trains too

Airport's move to make the airport a more quiet and pleasant place (Changi Airport to end final boarding announcements; Dec 27) is a good one that SMRT and SBS Transit should follow.

There are far too many announcements at MRT stations and in trains.

Almost all passengers do not pay heed to these announcements, as they are far too busy with their mobile phones.

Like Changi Airport, the train operators should make announcements only when there is an urgent need to do so.

Without the frequent announcements at MRT stations and in trains, passengers can enjoy a quieter ride and even talk to their friends without interruption.

Moiz Tyebally