New culprit identified in metabolic syndrome

Uric acid may play a role in causing metabolic syndrome, according to a study that attempts to settle the question of whether it is a by-product or culprit.

And the evidence is leading towards culprit, according to the Washington University School of Medicine research published in the journal Nature Communications.

"Uric acid may play a direct, causative role in the development of metabolic syndrome," says first author Dr Brian DeBosch. "Our work showed that the gut is an

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