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Irisin Redeemed

By | August 13, 2015

Researchers who first identified irisin quantitate levels of the hormone in human blood and show it is released during exercise.  

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Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat

By | August 7, 2015

Following extreme trauma, patients’ adipose samples have revealed—for the first time in humans—that white fat can be converted into energy-burning brown fat.

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Pioneering Obesity Researcher Dies

By | July 31, 2015

Jules Hirsch, who described the link between body weight and metabolism, has died at age 88.

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Antibiotics and the Gut Microbiome

By | June 30, 2015

Antibiotics given to infant mice may have long-term effects on the animals’ metabolism and gut microbiota. 

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Pregnancy Stress Can Affect Offspring’s Microbiomes

By | June 17, 2015

A study in mice suggests stress during pregnancy can affect offspring's microbiota and brain metabolism.

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Gut Microbes Influence Circadian Clock

By | April 16, 2015

Metabolites produced by gut microbes in mice can affect the animals’ circadian rhythm and metabolism. 

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Metabolic Memory

By | April 8, 2015

Drosophila develop preferences for healthy foods that can be disrupted by overfeeding, a study suggests.

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Fat Injection Slims Obese Mice

By | April 7, 2015

Transplanting energy-burning brown fat can prevent excess weight gain in a mouse model of obesity.

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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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As the Brain Ages

By | March 1, 2015

See human brains age in week-by-week time lapse images that divulge the existence of tiny strokes that damage white matter.

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