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Preventing weight gain, obesity, and ultimately diabetes could be as simple as keeping a nuclear receptor from being activated in a small part of the brain.
Obesity is a chronic metabolic disorder that affects half a billion people worldwide.
For some time scientists have known the hormone leptin has acted in the brain to prevent obesity, but the mystery remains as to whether or not this is a natural weight loss treatment.
Scientists have known for some time that the hormone leptin acts in the brain to prevent obesity, but the specific underlying neurocircuitry has remained a mystery.
Smokers may die young, but they also die thinner than non-smokers.
Obesity among people who eat a high-fat diet may involve injury to neurons, or nerve cells, in a key part of the brain that controls body weight, according to the authors of a new animal study.
Researchers decode an important mechanism through which insulin in the hypothalamus controls the body's energy balance.
New findings by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center suggest that serotonin â€“ a brain chemical known to help regulate emotion, mood and sleep â€“ might also have anti-diabetic properties.
Once hailed as a miracle weight-loss drug, Fen-phen was removed from the market more than a decade ago for inducing life-threatening side effects, including heart valve lesions.
By Abdel-Malek, Zalfa A Knittel, James; Kadekaro, Ana Luisa; Swope, Viki B; Starner, Renny ABSTRACT Cutaneous pigmentation is the major photoprotective mechanism against the carcinogenic and aging effects of UV.