Researchers have discovered how a molecule of the immune system hijacks a brain circuit and reduces appetite when you are dealing with a disease.
While loss of appetite during the disease is common, contributing to reducing the strength of a patient and in cancer patients may even shorten the life.
New research suggests potential targets for the treatment of loss of appetite and restore the strength of a patient.
“The treatment of appetite loss will not cure an underlying disease but may help a patient cope,” said study lead author Bruno Conti, a professor at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in California, United United.
“Often, loss of appetite may compromise clinical outcome. A weak person is less likely to be able to cope with chemotherapy, for example,” Conti said.