SPOKANE, Wash. — Researchers at Washington State University have found that alcohol consumption may increase the spread of melanoma and hasten death. Promotion of fat loss in the alcohol-drinking mice may also indicate opportunities for further research related to the potential for inducing fat loss in obese people without inducing loss in muscle protein.

The findings of Gary G. Meadows, Ph.D., Director of the Cancer Prevention & Research Center at WSU and Dorothy O. Kennedy Distinguished Professor, have been published in the May issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the official journal of the Research Society on Alcoholism and the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism. The study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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