New treatment for obesity?

March 4, 2008 8:50:25 AM PST
Doctors may be close to developing a new method of treating obesity. They say preventing the stomach from expanding while eating could be the key.

Scientists in Great Britain have pinpointed two cell proteins which relax the stomach so it can enlarge to make room for food. Researchers say it may be possible to develop a drug which blocks stomach relaxation and reduces a person's ability and desire to eat too much.

The study is published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Right now two surgical procedures, stomach stapling and gastric banding, are used to reduce the stomach's volume to treat obesity.