Brain Network Responsible for Overeating Located
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have identified the exact brain connection responsible for overeating.
Study lead Garret Stuber, PhD, wanted to focus on one single type of cell, located in the part of the brain associated with emotion. Stuber and his team stimulated these cells in the brains of mice, and found the mice would half of their daily intake in about 20 minutes.
"With further study, we could figure out how to regulate the activity of cells in a specific region of the brain and develop treatments,” Stuber was quoted as saying.
"Stuber's work drills down to the precise biological mechanisms that drive binge eating and will lead us away from stigmatizing explanations that invoke blame and a lack of willpower,” Cybthia Bulik, Professor of Eating Disorders and UNC, was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to: http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2013/september/BNST
SOURCE: Science, September 2013
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