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Boosting Weight Loss — The drug mirabegron, which is FDA-approved to treat overactive bladder, may also help patients lose weight, according to a new study published in the January 6, 2015 issue of Cell Metabolism. Among the researchers on the study was third-year medical student Peter Kahn. During a multi-year research project conducted in the lab of lead-author Dr. Aaron Cypress, of the Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School, Mr. Kahn was part of the team that reported their findings concerning mirabegron’s performance in boosting the metabolic activity of brown fat in 12 healthy men, thereby increasing the number of calories the men burned by an average of 200 calories--without any additional physical activity. The findings suggest the drug could be a new tool for maintaining body weight and preventing obesity. The paper was covered by several science and technology news websites. Mr. Kahn is a member of Einstein’s class of 2017.