Could ‘Thunder God Vine’ Extract End Obesity?

Could a Chinese plant make our lifestyle of dieting, exercise, and rampant obesity a thing of the past? Well, a new study says that mice given an extract from the plant—known as “thunder god vine“—ate as much as 80% less than their counterparts and lost 45% of their weight over three weeks, UPI reports. “It could be a powerful way to treat obesity and improve the health of many patients suffering from obesity and associated complications, such as heart disease, fatty liver, and type 2 diabetes,” study author and endocrinologist Umut Ozcan tells Yahoo. He says an extract from the plant called Celastrol boosts the sensitivity of a hormone called leptin, which tells the brain when it’s time to stop eating. On the flip side, people with a resistance to leptin are known to overeat and gain serious weight.

But just boosting leptin levels in obese people didn’t help in earlier trials, leading some to believe that focusing on leptin resistance isn’t an effective treatment, according to a press release from another recent study. “There has been an enormous amount of effort to treat obesity by breaking down leptin resistance, but these efforts have failed,” says Ozcan. “The message from this study is that there is still hope for making leptin work.” But he cautions that the thunder god vine is packed with “other compounds” that “could be dangerous for humans to consume,” so further research is needed. If it works, Celastrol could shake up the multi-billion-dollar industry of weight-loss supplements and products

Gotu Kola Extract

Gotu Kola Extract

Security dominates as U.K. voters head to the polls

U.K. voters face a tough choice Thursday, with national security a major concern following the country’s third terrorattack in three months. The race has gottentighter over the past few weeks, with Prime Minister Theresa May’s initial double-digit lead over left-wing Labour Party candidate Jeremy Corbyn shrinking. A Trump-like upset for underdog Corbyn would guarantee rocky U.K.-U.S. relations. Corbyn has pledged to confront President Trump, while May has committed herself to keeping the “special relationship” between the longtime allies.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump

Firing James Comey: Was it President Trump’s greatest miscalculation?

“WASHINGTON — In the annals of political theater, there may be little precedent for James Comey’s scheduled appearance before a Senate committee Thursday. For the first time, the former FBI director is expected to speak publicly about his conversations with President Trump before he was abruptly fired in the midst of an investigation into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

But Comey’s career has been shaped by unusual public dramas, in which he has been cast as a central and often controversial figure.

Until disclosures last month that Comey had maintained a file of memos detailing his communications with Trump, including a February meeting in which the president allegedly pressed the then-director to shut down the bureau’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the former director had been at the center of firestorm for his pre-election handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. And well before that, however, Comey staked out unusually public positions on a range of hot-button issues that have characterized a historic and contentious tenure in public service.

Here are some highlights:

The hospital testimony
Apple as public enemy
Hillary Clinton email controversy
FBI and Russia ‘coordination’

Firing James Comey: Was it President Trump’s greatest miscalculation?