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Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat

By Kerry Grens | 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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Gut Microbiome After Weight-Loss Surgery

By Amanda B. Keener | August 5, 2015

Gastric bypass surgery can have long-term effects on the composition of the gut microbiome, a small study shows.

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Pioneering Obesity Researcher Dies

By Amanda B. Keener | July 31, 2015

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

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Bone Marrow Makes New Fat Cells

By Ashley P. Taylor | July 16, 2015

The origins of adipocytes have been hotly debated, but a human study supports the idea that the bone marrow takes part. 

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The Death Toll Tied to Sweet Drinks

By Kerry Grens | July 1, 2015

Annually, about 184,000 deaths annually are linked to drinking sugary beverages, according to a new study.

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The Dark Side of Light

By Kerry Grens | May 14, 2015

Artificially extended days cause mice to gain fat and alter the function of their brown fat, a study shows.

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The Lasting Effects of Obesity

By Kerry Grens | April 23, 2015

Losing weight does not mitigate the effects of obesity on tumor development in mice.

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Fat Injection Slims Obese Mice

By Kerry Grens | 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 Kerry Grens | March 18, 2015

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

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Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity

By Jef Akst | March 10, 2015

Microbes identified in a city’s sewage treatment plants correlate with the population’s obesity rate, a study shows.

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