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Obesity Complicates Colorectal Cancer

By | April 9, 2014

Study finds that prediagnosis obesity is predictive of poor prognosis, even among patients who have a molecular marker associated with better disease outcome.

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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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Brain Circuit Toggles Eating

By | September 26, 2013

A network of neurons in the hypothalamus can turn feeding behavior on or off with the flip of an optogenetic switch in mice.  

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image: Obesity via Microbe Transplants

Obesity via Microbe Transplants

By | September 5, 2013

Germ-free mice gain weight when transplanted with gut microbes from obese humans, in a diet-dependent manner.

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image: Obesity-Fighting Drug May Improve Metabolism

Obesity-Fighting Drug May Improve Metabolism

By | September 3, 2013

Initial tests of a hormone therapy suggest it reduces LDL cholesterol and improves weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

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image: Gut Microbe Diversity, Weight Linked

Gut Microbe Diversity, Weight Linked

By | August 29, 2013

A genetic mapping study of intestinal bacteria shows that people with fewer and less diverse bacteria are at greater risk of obesity and associated diseases.

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image: Week in Review: August 12–16

Week in Review: August 12–16

By | August 16, 2013

Engineered immune cells attack tumors; a mouth microbe that can cause cancer; HIV may heighten cocaine’s high; craving high-fat foods

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image: Why One Cream Cake Leads to Another

Why One Cream Cake Leads to Another

By | August 15, 2013

Continuously eating fatty foods perturbs communication between the gut and brain, which in turn perpetuates a bad diet.

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image: “Safe” Sugar Levels Harm Mice

“Safe” Sugar Levels Harm Mice

By | August 15, 2013

A high-sugar diet comparable to that consumed by up to a quarter of Americans renders mice less able to compete for territory and reproduce.

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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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