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May 7th, 2011 at 12:11 am

A Virus Could Help You Lose Weight: Study


A virus to help you lose weight.


How would you like to trick your brain into making you feel less hungry?  Scientists show how a virus could be used to alter your brain so you don’t get as hungry in a new study.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins gave a group of rats a virus which inhibited the neuropeptide Y (NPY) protein in the dorsomedial hypothalamus of the brain, which is linked to appetite and hunger. As a result, the rats exposed to the virus ate and weighed less than the control group.

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