Scientists identify stomach’s timekeepers of hunger

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 17:28 in Health & Medicine

The problem with dieting is that it leaves you hungry. But scientists have now identified specific cells in the stomach that are behind the body’s craving for food. In new research that has implications for the treatment of obesity, scientists have shown that these cells release the hormone ghrelin, which in animals causes foraging behavior even when they’re not hungry. The findings could help researchers develop drugs that would curb dieters’ appetites before that first bite.

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