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A compound given as a dietary supplement to overweight but otherwise healthy people in a clinical trial caused many of the patients to lose weight, according to research by Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University.

Obesity increases the release of tumour-promoting molecules from fat tissue and is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study, ‘Obese adipose tissue extracellular vesicles raise breast cancer cell malignancy’, published in Endocrine-Related Cancer.