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Drug made from capsaicin in chili peppers shown to be effective at fighting obesity

Drug made from capsaicin

Chili peppers have long been thought to have health benefits, and now scientists have wrangled those to fight obesity. Scientists from the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy have developed a new anti-obesity drug, called Metabocin, derived from an active component in chili peppers called capsaicin. The team presented its findings at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior’s ...

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Researchers identify brain area linked to binge eating

Researchers identify brain

Scientists at Rutgers Brain Health Institute have discovered that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called ‘orexin’ neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells, have previously been shown to be important for ...

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