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Antibody May Suppress Appetite

There’s a new possibility for suppressing appetite, and hopefully dropping weight. An antibody has been discovered that breaks down and suppresses an appetite stimulant produced by the human body.

Scientists with The Scripps Research Institute say the antibody catalyst, GHR-11E11, increases the metabolic rate in fasting mice and curbed their eating even after the rodents went 24 hours without food.

I’m not sure if this is known to translate in human subjects, but since recent reports from the World Health Organization say about 1 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, anything is worth a shot.

It’s not being touted as a be-all, end-all cure for obesity. It will still take the usual combination of things to lose weight: optimum nutrition, exercise, and psychological components.

November 3rd, 2008

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