Woman loses ability to feel hungry after stroke damages her brain

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Mind 27 August 2021

By Alice Klein

An illustration of the insula in the brain

An anatomical illustration of the brain’s insula

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A young woman who lost the sensation of hunger after a stroke may help us explain how we regulate food intake, and improve our understanding of one of the most mysterious areas of the brain.

The unique case study of what has happened to her might even help us develop new treatments for obesity.

The 28-year-old Canadian woman was hospitalised after feeling weak on one side of her body and having trouble speaking. Brain imaging showed that she had experienced a stroke in a …

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