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HUMAN HORMONE MAY SUPPRESS HUNGER.

Byline: The New York Times

A hormone recently discovered in the brains of humans and rats acts as a powerful appetite suppressant in the rodents, scientists are reporting today.

Researchers think that the hormone, urocortin, may be what causes people and animals to lose their appetites when they are under stress or in danger and survival might depend on running away or fighting rather than stopping for a snack.

Urocortin is the third brain hormone reported within the last 15 months to suppress appetite. The others are leptin and glucagon-like factor-1. Drug companies, eager to tap the ever-expanding market of frustrated dieters, are already trying to develop weight-loss drugs that would work by mimicking the effects of urocortin or elevating its levels in the brain. They had begun earlier to develop weight-loss drugs that would mimic the effects of the other two hormones.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Sep 13, 1996
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