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Appetite hormone found

15th October 2007

A study by UK scientists claims to have identified the brain circuits that control how much we eat.

Researchers from University College London and King’s College London say the breakthrough could aid development of new obesity drugs.

Publishing the findings in Nature, the team used brain scans to show the appetite-regulating hormone peptide YY (PYY) produces a more complex pattern of activity in the brain than thought. It targets not only the primitive areas controlling basic hunger urges, but also the pleasure and reward centres.

 

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