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Obesity treatment using stem cells is the topic of 2013's most-visited news release on EurekAlert!
Date:2/5/2014

ubjects from becoming obese, and regulated how much fat the body stored. The tenth release covers a follow-up study of gastric band recipients and indicates that this type of weight-loss surgery provides long-lasting and safe results. That finding appeared in the Annals of Surgery and was authored by Monash University researchers.

Diverse, cutting-edge research featured in 2013's top 10 most-viewed news releases

The remainder of news releases that received the most visits in 2013 describes research from a wide range of science topics. Here is a breakdown:

A news release from the University of California Santa Barbara describing the cause behind the droop in LED (light-emitting diode) bulb efficiency came in second on 2013's list. In an experiment, researchers found that LED bulbs lagged in efficiency when subjected to higher electrical currents. Now that the cause is known, new LED designs taking it into account will make these highly efficient bulbs an even more viable replacement for older incandescent and fluorescent lighting.

The first ever known mutation of a receptor that completely blocks estrogen in a female patient was the topic of the third most-viewed news release. Reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, the finding is medically unique, having only been seen before in a male subject.

Coming in at No. 4 is a release about a study claiming that 40 years' worth of research performed through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey is "fatally flawed." In their paper, the authors stated that the measurement methods i.e., the reliance on self-reported calorie intake and use -- used for the survey's data collection resulted in skewed and thus invalid information.

Man's best friend has the ability to visually recognize other dogs in images shown to them alongside images of humans and other species of animals, a study reports in the fifth most-visited news release. The r
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