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A new player in appetite control

Brain cells that provide structural support also influence feeding behavior, study shows. ...

Study Finds New Approach to Block Binge Eating

(Boston)—A new therapeutic target for the treatment of compulsive binge eating has been identified by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine ...

Abnormalities found in ‘insight’ areas of the brain in anorexia

Abnormalities in brain regions involved in forming insight may help explain why some people with anorexia nervosa have trouble recognizing their dangerous, dysfunctional eating habits. ... Full story

Soy-based protein boosts hunger hormone and stimulates appetite

Researchers have discovered a protein that stimulates secretion of ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone produced in the stomach. When fed to mice, the protein, called soy-ghretropin, ... Full story

Vitamin D status in young Swedish women with anorexia nervosa during intensive weight gain therapy

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is associated with reduced bone mass and an increased fracture risk. The aim was to evaluate the vitamin D status and the association with body mass index (BMI), fat mass and bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with severe AN during a prospective intervention study of intensive nutrition therapy. ... Full story

“Hunger” neurons in the brain are regulated by protein activated during fasting

New study sheds light on control mechanisms for neurons involved in hunger, obesity and anorexia ... Full story

Binge-eating disorder patients respond well to major forms of treatment

Psychological and medication treatment options are available to help patients with binge-eating disorder (BED) to achieve abstinence and improve other symptoms. ... Full story

Study reveals high rate of disordered eating in young Australian women

Up to one-third of young Australian women experience episodes of binge or overeating, with socially disadvantaged women at greater than average risk. ... Full story

With Food, Similar Substitutes Are Less Satisfying

Sometimes the one thing we want isn’t available and we have to settle for second best—instead of picking the closest substitute, new research suggests we’d be better off picking a not-so-similar alternative. ... Full story

Hormones that are released during hunger affect decision making

Never make a decision when you are hungry. The hormone ghrelin - that is released before meals and known to increase appetite - has a negative effect on both decision making and impulse control. ... Full story

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