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  1. -06-14-07 First Approved Diet Drug (CBS News)
      "The first over-the-counter weight-loss pill approved by the FDA, Alli works by blocking about one-fourth of consumed fat. The drug's makers don't claim that it's a miracle drug — a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet and regular exercise are necessary companions for it to be effective — but dieters are eager to reap its potential rewards."

      "Alli users must contend with some less-than-glamorous side effects — gas, oily discharge and an inability to control bowel movements — and skeptics of the pill's enduring benefits point out that those aren't the only reasons to think twice before taking the drug." 06-07

  1. African Plant May Reduce Appetite (CBS News)
      "Each year, people spend more than $40 billion on products designed to help them slim down. None of them seem to be working very well."

      "Now along comes hoodia. Never heard of it? Soon it'll be tripping off your tongue, because hoodia is a natural substance that literally takes your appetite away." 11-04

  2. Hoodia May Suppress Hunger (CBS News)
      Hoodia is "very different from diet stimulants like Ephedra and Phenfen that are now banned because of dangerous side effects. Hoodia doesn't stimulate at all. Scientists say it fools the brain by making you think you’re full, even if you've eaten just a morsel." 03-06

  3. Leptin Helps Regulates Body Weight (Colorado State University)
      "Leptin (from the Greek leptos, meaning thin) is a protein hormone with important effects in regulating body weight, metabolism and reproductive function."

      Editor's Note: Leptin levels seem to be affected by sleep. Insufficient sleep seems to increase leptin levels. 9-05

  4. Obesity Drug Based on Genetic Research (ABC News)
      "In the coming year, the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis plans to release what many believe could be one of the first truly effective anti-obesity drugs. Preliminary data from large trials have suggested that weight loss is much greater than with any current drugs on the market."

      "The drug, rimonabant, targets receptors of cannabinoid 1, which stimulates appetite and other cravings (including nicotine) in the brain. By blocking cannabinoid 1's receptors, rimonabant helps people beat their cravings and lose weight." 01-06

  5. Two Substances Which Tell the Body to Stop Eating (BBC News)
      "Scientists have identified two substances which tell the body to stop eating - and say they could be used to create drugs [to] treat obesity."

      "Boosting levels of the PYY3-36 hormone was found to reduce appetite and calorie consumption in both lean and overweight people." 03-07


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