what's that smell?

A hormone that suppresses appetite has been made into a nasal spray which, in a preliminary test in 15 people, safely entered the bloodstream and appeared to reduce hunger pangs.

The hormone in the spray, PYY (for Peptide YY 3-36), is what makes people feel full after a meal. It is made in the small intestine in response to food and then carried by the bloodstream to the brain, where it switches off the urge to eat. Obese people seem to make less of the hormone than lean people.

I dunno, I can think of a whole lot of other appetite-suppressants that can be administered nasally...

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2 Responses:

  1. What good could this spray possibly serve in society?

    The appropriate response to the researchers pishing their lives on this is, as usual, "Oh, so you've already cured cancer then, eh?"

  2. deeptape says:

    I dunno, I can think of a whole lot of other appetite-suppressants that can be administered nasally...

    Like hotdogs? Or maybe french fries?