Weight-Loss Drugs Shown to be Harmful to Brain

Weight-Loss Drugs Shown to be Harmful to Brain

The Endocannabinoid System is a physiological system that blocks hunger similar to smoking tobacco

A drug from a new class of weight-loss treatments disrupted wiring needed for brain development in young mice, American researchers said, raising concerns about using such medications in children.

Mark Bear and colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the effects of a chemical that suppresses appetite by blocking cannabinoid receptors in the brain, the same brain mechanisms that make people hungry when they smoke marijuana.

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