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Brain Cells That Regulate Eating Habits in Mice May Have the Same Function in Humans

The Impact of Brain Neurons on Hunger

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Researchers have discovered that a specific group of brain cells in mice appears to be responsible for triggering hunger based on the animals’ typical meal times. The neurons’ activity can be reset by modifying feeding patterns.

If these findings can be applied to humans, they might provide insight into why we often experience hunger around our usual meal times, regardless of the size of our previous meal. Previously, it was believed that hunger gradually develops as energy resources deplete…

Article amended on 22 November 2023

The headline of this article has been changed to better reflect the findings of the research.

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