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Eating when full: A battle between two brain signals
Why do we keep eating when we're full? Scientists uncover a fight for control between two small adjacent brain areas plus involvement of the opioid system. (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover what drives inflammation in IBD
The identification of a protein that regulates the mechanism behind gut inflammation in IBD should lead to better diagnosis and personalized treatments. (Medical News Today)

How the smell of disease can affect healthy people
Disease can affect an individual's bodily odor. New research investigates to what extent this change in smell may impact groups that share a living space. (Medical News Today)

Key molecule explains why bones weaken with age
New research reveals the molecular dynamic that explains why bones become more frail as we age. The findings may improve treatments for osteoporosis. (Medical News Today)

Study overturns what we know about kidney stones
New research uses cutting-edge technology to study kidney stones. The findings change what we know about their nature, composition, and behavior. (Medical News Today)

Weight loss surgery: How taste influences success
How does a person's taste in foods following weight loss surgery influence how successful the procedure is? A new study may have answered this question. (Medical News Today)

Brain cell identified as 'mediator of disease'
The findings could help us devise new treatments for a range of diseases that affect the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Scientists reveal how to boost radiotherapy
Scientists reveal that targeting a pathway in cancer cells that controls the motion of their mitochondria could make them more yielding to radiotherapy. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: New target found for drug-resistant tumors
Scientists have uncovered a previously uncharted mechanism of cell growth that helps several cancers resist rapamycin and similar drugs. (Medical News Today)

Do bacteria cause stomach cancer?
Infections with one type of bacteria increase the risk for stomach cancer. Now, specialists have identified exactly which bacterial strain may be at fault. (Medical News Today)

Scientists find that hundreds of gut bacteria are electric
A new study has made a surprising discovery: numerous gut bacteria of many kinds are able to generate electricity. This may open up novel research avenues. (Medical News Today)

Blocking this protein may keep obesity, diabetes at bay
Deleting the RNA-silencing protein Ago2 in mice's livers changed the animals' energy metabolism and prevented obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: Discovery of new factor may improve therapy
Researchers have found a previously unknown mechanism in the development of breast cancer, involving an enzyme that plays a key role in lactation. (Medical News Today)

What allows C. difficile to survive so well in the gut?
Clostridium difficile causes infections that are hard to treat and that may have negative outcomes for health. What lends this bacterium its resilience? (Medical News Today)

Fasting-induced anti-aging molecule keeps blood vessels young
A ketone molecule produced by the body during calorie restriction keeps blood vessels young, staving off age-related chronic disease. (Medical News Today)

What makes aggressive brain cancer 'immortal?'
Aggressive brain cancer cells are able to prolong their own lifespans indefinitely. How does this happen, and what strategy might curb this mechanism? (Medical News Today)

Blocking ovarian cancer's energy supply helps curb spread
New research reveals that, to fuel tumor invasion of nearby tissue, ovarian cancer cells recruit supporting cells to supply energy from glycogen. (Medical News Today)

New multiple sclerosis culprit identified
It is still unknown what causes multiple sclerosis, but new research identifies another potential culprit in the immune system: memory B cells. (Medical News Today)

Why does hormone therapy worsen some prostate cancers?
Some prostate cancers resist androgen-targeting therapy and continue to spread because the treatment alters the environment of tumor cells, a study shows. (Medical News Today)

How uncontrolled inflammation leads to brain cell loss
New research finds the mechanisms that may drive inflammation in the brain, leading to the loss of neurons with age. Can brain aging be reversed, however? (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: How does tau disrupt brain cells?
Tangles of tau protein are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Now, scientists have uncovered a new mechanism through which tau disrupts brain cells. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's: Modified protein works like a drug
Scientists have modified the Nurr1 protein so that it could soon be used as a drug to fight off Parkinson's. The protein helps dopamine neurons survive. (Medical News Today)

How gut bacteria may help you diet and stay healthy
In a new study on mice, Swiss researchers show how gut bacteria influence the immune system, with implications for health and weight loss. (Medical News Today)

Ovarian cancer: Scientists find a way to launch dual attack
Antibody immunotherapy for solid tumors has shown limited success. Now, one that attacks two targets in ovarian cancer cells promises to improve prospects. (Medical News Today)

One in five human genes are not 'real'
A new study suggests that the human genome has at least 2,000 fewer protein-encoding genes than previously believed. The findings could change biomedicine. (Medical News Today)

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