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2011-02-28 10:10:00

Evidence that brain's reward/motivation circuits are linked to compulsive overeating A brain imaging study at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory reveals a subtle difference between ordinary obese subjects and those who compulsively overeat, or binge: In binge eaters but not ordinary obese subjects, the mere sight or smell of favorite foods triggers a spike in dopamine "” a brain chemical linked to reward and motivation. The findings "” published...

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2009-01-20 14:11:21

New research may be able to explain why men are more capable of watching what they eat than women. Women's brains are at fault, researchers said in their report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "There is something going on in the female," lead researcher Gene-Jack Wang, of Brookhaven National Laboratory, told the Associated Press. "The signal is so much different." He and his colleagues compared the results of positron emission tomography (PET) brain scans from...

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2008-01-09 14:55:00

Brain-imaging study may explain why some continue to eat, despite full stomachs UPTON, NY -- Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have found new clues to why some people overeat and gain weight while others don't. Examining how the human brain responds to "satiety" messages delivered when the stomach is in various stages of fullness, the scientists have identified brain circuits that motivate the desire to overeat. Treatments that target these circuits...


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