Regardless of how they truly became obese, their tissues still were stiffened, the investigators found. The researchers also eliminated a common inflammation-related molecule as playing a job. They figured the stiff structure itself appeared to be the relevant factor. To assess that idea further, the study authors also exposed precancerous breast cells to these stiff fibrous networks from obesity-related tissue samples. Cells developing under these circumstances were more likely to become cancerous compared to those grown in non-obesity-related samples completely. Finally, the researchers considered the most obvious question: Would weight loss reduce this stiffening effect? When the researchers positioned obese mice on a diet, the fibrous network thinned out just a little, hinting that weight loss can reverse this cells stiffening, the scholarly study authors described in a journal news release.It’s possible that he was in a vegetative state when the analysis was received at 17 months and again 3.5 years after injury and subsequently regained some aspects of cognitive functioning. Alternatively, the patient might have been aware during prior assessments but unable to produce the required motor response necessary to signal his state of consciousness. If this is the full case, then the clinical medical diagnosis of a vegetative condition was entirely accurate in the sense that no behavioral markers of consciousness were evident. That said, the diagnosis didn’t accurately reflect the patient’s internal state of awareness and degree of cognitive functioning at that time.