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Birds have a unique way of preventing muscle wasting

Muscle wasting is a major complication associated with cirrhosis and liver failure. Normally the liver functions to convert ammonia into urea. But with liver failure, this process does not work well leading to high levels of circulating ammonia, which is thought to contribute to muscle wasting in mammals. A new study published in the¬†American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology,¬†explored whether birds have the same muscle wasting […]

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