Researchers work on injection to reduce belly fat

October 23, 2012 12:41:05 PM PDT
A vaccine that helped mice reduce belly fat could have a human application in the future.

Researchers at Ohio State University used heat-generating cells injected in to the bellies of mice to turn bad fat cells in to energy-burning fat. The mice lost about 20 percent of their belly fat after 80 days of treatment.

Health officials say belly fat is a particular problem because it's linked to more serious health problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.