“He eats like a pig!” (thanks to ghrelin research, that's not so bad now)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 18:42 in Health & Medicine

It used to be that 'eating like a pig' was an insult. A new scientific finding may put that old saying to rest. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute have successfully suppressed the appetite of pigs by removing the blood vessel that allows secretion of that pesky ghrelin hormone. “There's no major surgery," says Aravind Arepally, M.D., of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, using a new-ish procedure called GACE (gastric artery chemical embolization). In this procedure, blood vessels connecting the stomach and the fundus are disintegrated by a chemical known as sodium morrhuate. The removal of this blood vessel interferes with the creation of ghrelin since, without a constant blood supply, the fundus can no longer produce the appetite-inspiring hormone. Read More...

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