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In Anorexia Nervosa, Brain Responds Differently to Hunger Signals

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have pinpointed differences in brain function that may help to explain ...

Christchurch campus joins global study into anorexia nervosa genetics

University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), researchers will today launch the New Zealand arm of the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI). ...

Oxytocin Nasal Spray Causes Men to Eat Fewer Calories

San Diego, CA - A synthetic nasal formulation of the hormone oxytocin reduced caloric intake in healthy men, particularly consumption of fatty foods, after a single treatment, a new study finds. The results, to be presented Sunday at The Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego, confirm those of animal studies showing oxytocin reduces food intake. ... Full story

New Support for Parents or Caregivers of Adolescents with Eating Disorders

OTTAWA — A new educational website (www.canped.ca) targets parents or caregivers of children between 9-18 years of age who are suffering from an eating disorder. The website was developed by Dr. Wendy Spettigue, Dr. Mark Norris and their research team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) as part of a nationwide research study. ... Full story

Highly processed foods linked to addictive eating

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan study confirms what has long been suspected: highly processed foods like chocolate, pizza and French fries are among the most addictive. ... Full story

Eating disorders linked with financial difficulties in female students

Experiencing financial difficulties at university may increase the risk of female students developing an eating disorder, according to new research from the University of Southampton and Solent NHS Trust. ... Full story

“Eating addiction”, rather than “food addiction”, better captures addictive-like eating behaviour

In an extensive scientific review published in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, researchers from the EU-funded NeuroFAST project conclude that ‘food addiction’ is a misnomer because of the ambiguous connotation of a substance-related phenomenon. ... Full story

Anorexia / bulimia: a bacterial protein implicated

Eating disorders (ED) such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder affect approximately 5-10% of the general population, but the biological mechanisms involved are unknown. Researchers at Inserm Unit 1073, “Nutrition, inflammation and dysfunction of the gut-brain axis” (Inserm/University of Rouen) have demonstrated the involvement of a protein produced by some intestinal bacteria that may be the source of these disorders. ... Full story

Who are the men and boys suffering from anorexia?

A new study by researchers from the University of Montreal reveals the current state of knowledge about anorexia in men and boys. ... Full story

Spinach extract decreases cravings

A spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases hedonic hunger with up to 95% - and increases weight loss with 43%. This has been shown in a recently published long-term human study at Lund University in Sweden. ... Full story

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