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2011-07-12 12:38:42

New human imaging studies implicate gut hormone in brain reward signals Research to be presented at the upcoming annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior, suggests that ghrelin, a naturally occurring gut hormone, increases our willingness to pay for food, while simultaneously decreasing our willingness to pay for non-food items. Have you ever wondered about why you are willing...

2011-07-12 07:36:16

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A team of scientists has found that addictive drugs may have hijacked the same nerve cells and connections in the brain that serve a powerful, ancient instinct: the appetite for salt. Their rodent research shows how certain genes are regulated in a part of the brain that controls the equilibrium of salt, water, energy, reproduction and other rhythms "“ the hypothalamus. The scientists found that the gene patterns activated by stimulating an instinctive behavior,...

2011-06-21 12:20:34

Scientists find altering hormone levels changes cellular development in the brain In a study that increases the understanding of the link between fetal development and obesity later in life, researchers at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) found altering the levels of two common hormones, insulin and leptin, in utero changes the cellular development in the region of the brain that regulates appetite. Their study using fetal neural stem cells...

2011-06-08 06:52:29

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new molecular imaging agent that specifically targets estrogenic mechanisms in the brain to find out what effect an enzyme, aromatase, has on body mass index (BMI). Aromatase is necessary for the production of estrogen in tissues throughout the body, including the brain. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.5 billion adults are overweight, and in 2010 nearly 43 million children under the age of five were overweight. "We used this imaging agent to...

2011-06-06 20:04:45

Women who have higher levels of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin have fewer symptoms of depression, and this apparent inverse relationship is not related to body mass index (BMI), a new study finds. On Monday the results will be presented at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. "Animal data suggest that leptin may reduce anxiety and improve depression. Our study in women suggests that leptin may indeed have antidepressant qualities," said the study's lead author,...

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2011-05-27 10:31:04

Children who are overweight may not be getting enough sleep at night, according to researchers in New Zealand. Their study, published in the online edition of British Medical Journal, followed 244 children between the ages of three and seven. The results showed that more sleep was linked to a lower weight, which could have important public health consequences, The Telegraph reports. UK experts said there was "no harm" in drawing attention to the link between reduced sleep and ill health. The...

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2011-05-20 06:48:32

A University of Missouri researcher has found that eating a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day. In addition, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) the researchers found that eating a protein-rich breakfast reduces the brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior. "Everyone knows that eating breakfast is important, but many people still don't make it a priority," said Heather...

2011-05-12 00:00:45

Star of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" reveals her weight-loss secret Manhattan Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2011 Tamra Barney, the star of Bravo's hit television show, "The Real Housewives of Orange County" revealed that she has been using the SENSA® Weight-Loss System, a leading weight-loss brand, to help her lose some extra pounds. Tamra says she heard about the product from Patti Stanger, Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker," who has lost 25 pounds since using SENSA®....

2011-05-04 14:40:52

Weizmann Institute scientists have added another piece to the obesity puzzle, showing how and why a certain protein that is active in a small part of the brain contributes to weight gain. This research appeared today in Cell Metabolism. Prof. Ari Elson and his team in the Institute's Molecular Genetics Department made the discovery when working with female mice that were genetically engineered to lack this protein, called protein tyrosine phosphatase epsilon (PTPe, for short). The...

2011-04-26 14:38:00

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- May commemorates National Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month and efforts are already underway to raise awareness of this little-known yet deadly disorder that is the most common genetic cause of obesity in children. Jessica Patay, mother of a young boy with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), decided nine months ago to partner her passion for running with her aspiration to raise awareness of her son's syndrome and funds to help...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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