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Blocking brain enzyme helped mice stay slim

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Blocking a single brain enzyme helped short-circuit a key hunger signal in mice and made them eat less, lose weight and have better blood sugar control, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

While much more research lies ahead, they said the finding may lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes in humans.

"We believe we have identified an important drug development target that could potentially turn into a metabolic triple play: appetite control, weight loss and blood sugar management," said Tony Means of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, whose study appears in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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I've read about this study. I'm always a little leary of using this sort of thing on humans but I guess you have to weigh the risks of obesity against the risks of the using the drugs.
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