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Fat Saps Muscle

By Tracy Vence | November 1, 2015

The accumulation of fat within skeletal muscle, as happens with obesity, diminishes muscle performance.


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Heady Stuff

By Kate Yandell | November 1, 2015

New research on how fat influences brain neuronal activity

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Leibel on Diets

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2015

Columbia University researcher Rudy Leibel discusses a study that found benefit in a high-fat diet.

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By Jenny Rood | November 1, 2015

Obesity appears linked to the gut microbiome. How and why is still a mystery—but scientists have plenty of ideas.


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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2015

November 2015's selection of notable quotes


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The 6,000-Calorie Diet

By Jef Akst | November 1, 2015

Overeating and inactivity lead to insulin resistance in just days—and oxidative stress is to blame.


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The Evolving Face of Obesity

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2015

Researchers are striving to understand exactly what has made the global population get so fat so fast.

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The Skinny on Fat Cells

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 1, 2015

Bruce Spiegelman has spent his career at the forefront of adipocyte differentiation and metabolism.


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Weight's the Matter?

By Mary Beth Aberlin | November 1, 2015

The causes and consequences of obesity are more complicated than we thought.  


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Breaking the Cancer-Obesity Link

By Stephen D. Hursting, Ciara H. O’Flanagan, and Laura W. Bowers | November 1, 2015

Obese people are at higher risk for developing cancer, have worse prognoses once diagnosed, and are often resistant to chemotherapy regimens. The question is, Why?


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