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HUMAN HORMONE MAY SUPPRESS HUNGER.



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A hormone recently discovered in the brains of humans and rats acts as a powerful appetite suppressant Appetite suppressant
Drug that decreases feelings of hunger. Most work by increasing levels of serotonin or catecholamine, chemicals in the brain that control appetite.
 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 brain hormone
n.
Any of various hormones produced in the hypothalamic region of the brain, especially those acting on the pituitary gland to release other hormones.
 reported within the last 15 months to suppress appetite. The others are leptin Leptin
A protein hormone that affects feeding behavior and hunger in humans. At present it is thought that obesity in humans may result in part from insensitivity to 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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Date:Sep 13, 1996
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