In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, a team of scientists led by the Yale School of Medicine, has made a breakthrough discovery of exactly how nicotine suppresses appetite. Read the full story here.
With help from researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa and the University of Hawaii, they discovered that a certain nicotinic receptor in the brain activates a specific pathway in the hypothalamus that helps to regulate food intake. While the study was done on mice, this is a significant finding as this particular receptor differs from other nicotinic receptors known to activate the brain’s “reward” pathways and trigger tobacco craving in smokers.
Future possibilities abound. Based on these new findings, soon there may be medications that activate this area to suppress appetite without also triggering the brain’s reward centers. Studies still must be done on humans, but the scientists are optimistic.
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