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image: Irisin Skepticism Goes Way Back

Irisin Skepticism Goes Way Back

By | March 18, 2015

Post-publication peer reviewers had questioned data about the supposed fat-browning enzyme from the get-go.

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image: Drug Stimulates Brown Fat

Drug Stimulates Brown Fat

By | January 28, 2015

A small study finds that an approved medication increases metabolic rate and the activity of thermogenic brown fat in men.

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image: Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat

Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat

By | January 15, 2015

Insulin and leptin act on specialized neurons in the mouse hypothalamus to promote conversion of white to beige fat.

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image: Drug Spurs Digestion

Drug Spurs Digestion

By | January 6, 2015

A new drug shows promise as a weight-loss solution in mice, prompting the animals to burn calories in the absence of a meal.

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image: Week in Review: July 28–August 1

Week in Review: July 28–August 1

By | August 1, 2014

See-through organs and animals; distinguishing white from brown and beige fat cells; chipping away at genetic mosaicism; catching up with the blogger behind Street Anatomy

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image: Markers Distinguish “Good” from “Bad” Fat

Markers Distinguish “Good” from “Bad” Fat

By | July 30, 2014

Researchers have identified three fat cell-specific surface markers that distinguish white from brown and beige adipocytes.

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image: Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia

Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia

By | July 22, 2014

Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.

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image: Activating Beige Fat

Activating Beige Fat

By | June 5, 2014

An innate immune pathway stimulates the activity of heat-producing adipose tissue in mice.

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image: Shivering Akin to Exercising

Shivering Akin to Exercising

By | February 4, 2014

Working out and shivering in the cold both upregulate hormones and genes involved in brown fat production.

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image: Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells

Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells

By | July 1, 2013

Researchers discover that unlike brown fat cells, white fat cells can directly sense cooling temperatures to switch on genes that control heat production.

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