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Researchers Find Leptin Link To Brain Function

For nearly a decade, scientists have known that leptin plays an important fat-burning role in humans. But the map of leptin's path through the body--the key to understanding how and why the hormone works--is still incomplete. Now a small but critical section of that map is charted, based on new research. The research team found that leptin triggers production of the active form of the aMSH peptide in the hypothalamus, the small area in the base of the brain that controls hunger and...

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