Report: 'Hunger hormone' could help chemo patients

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February 11, 2012 09:55

 
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NEW YORK - A synthetic version of the "hunger hormone" ghrelin might help limit the loss of appetite that can come with cancer chemotherapy, a small study from Japan suggests.

Ghrelin is a hormone secreted by the gut to boost appetite. Because of that, scientists have been studying it as a target in the obesity war, which has included work on an anti-obesity "vaccine" that inhibits ghrelin. The research, however, has met with little success so far.

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