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German hospital finds rare 'obesity mutation'

16 January 2015 - 06:48 AM

The Local said:

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Doctors at the University Clinic in Ulm have discovered a new disease causing obesity while studying an extremely overweight three-year-old.

The child weighed more than 40 kilos, almost three times as much as a normal three-year-old, and could not stop eating and gaining weight. Researchers found that the “satiety hormone” that tells the body to stop eating was inactive, meaning the child was always hungry.

But in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, they described how they were able to bring their patient's eating and weight under control within days by giving the child an artificial form of the hormone leptin. Leptin is produced in fatty tissues and acts on the brain to stop it feeling hungry.

“When the body's energy reserves are full, lots of leptin is produced and the appetite is restrained”, the clinic said in a statement.

If the hormone isn't released when someone has eaten enough, their brain doesn't get the signal to stop and they may continue eating. In the child's case, it was producing enough leptin – but the doctors found that due to a genetic mutation, its leptin receptors couldn't be activated by the natural hormones produced by its body.

“The body was acting as if it was lacking this hormone, but it couldn't be measured with usual methods as the blood concentrations were normal”, head researcher Martin Wabitsch said. “We expect that this isn't a one-off case. We've already identified other patients with this diagnosis”, he added.

(full article)

Sucks to be someone with that mutation :(

German government to issue jihadi ID cards

16 January 2015 - 06:29 AM

Or in other words, take away the IDs of “people suspected of having terrorist connections” and replace them with ones that brand them as terrorists.

The Local said:

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The cabinet agreed on Wednesday to push for a new law aimed at stopping people from leaving Germany to fight for Islamist movements in the Middle East.

Potential jihadists affected by the law would have their ID card confiscated for up to three years and replaced with a new one that does not allow them to travel outside Germany.

(full article)

I knew the scum that governs us wouldn’t let this opportunity pass and curtail our freedoms some more under the guise of fighting terrorism Posted Image GDR 2.0, here we come. Thanks, Merkel, the SED taught you well!

Ecuador returns German money in oil valley spat

21 December 2014 - 06:47 AM

The Local said:

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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Saturday that Quito would be giving back about $8.5 million donated by Germany last year, in an environmental row.


On Friday, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Ecuador has "ceased cooperation" with Germany on environmental issues.

Correa charged that the German lawmakers "were coming here to supervise what was going on in Yusuni" without government permission, slamming the move as "lack of respect."

(Full article here.)

tl;dr: Ecuador is butthurt over the prospect of possibly having to up their game in regards to environmental safety and no longer being allowed to repeatedly have catastrophic oil spills in this rainforest

This is unacceptable.

19 December 2014 - 07:35 AM


Where are all y’all’s season-adjusted avatars at :nottalking: ? Show some D1Pmas spirit!

Finally got around to edit my avatar in order to fit the season

18 December 2014 - 01:03 PM

On a scale from BBQing in summer to drinking eggnog with Santa, how festive is my avatar now?

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For those of you wondering why I didn’t just put a santa hat on it like I usually do: The truth is that I couldn’t find a hat that fit this blob so I had to think of an alternative and came up with this.