Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health
Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health
Paul Cohen of the Rockefeller University describes his study of thousands of people, finding that the energy-burning tissue is tied to a lower risk of for several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health
Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health

Paul Cohen of the Rockefeller University describes his study of thousands of people, finding that the energy-burning tissue is tied to a lower risk of for several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Paul Cohen of the Rockefeller University describes his study of thousands of people, finding that the energy-burning tissue is tied to a lower risk of for several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

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Belly Fat Has a Role to Play in Fighting Infections
Belly Fat Has a Role to Play in Fighting Infections
Selene Meza-Perez, Troy D. Randall | Oct 1, 2018
Hanging in front of the abdomen like an apron, the depot of visceral fat known as the omentum helps regulate immune responses.
FDA Goes After Two Stem Cell Clinics
FDA Goes After Two Stem Cell Clinics
Kerry Grens | Aug 29, 2017
The agency raided one that was using a stem cell-smallpox vaccine combo, and sent a warning to another to obey best practices.
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Kerry Grens | Nov 16, 2015
In mice lacking intestinal microbiota, white fat turns brown and obesity is prevented.
Adding Padding
Adding Padding
Karen Zusi | Nov 1, 2015
Adipogenesis in mice has alternating genetic requirements throughout the animals’ lives.
Breaking the Cancer-Obesity Link
Breaking the Cancer-Obesity Link
Laura W. Bowers, Stephen D. Hursting, Ciara H. O’Flanagan | Nov 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?
A Complex Disorder
A Complex Disorder
Stephen D. Hursting, Ciara H. O’Flanagan, Laura W. Bowers | Oct 31, 2015
Factors that likely contribute to obesity include disruptions to intercellular signaling, increased inflammation, and changes to the gut microbiome.
 
Warming Up to Brown Fat
Warming Up to Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Oct 8, 2015
Scientists know how to turn on these fat-combusting cells. Can these energy burners be used to combat obesity?
Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat
Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Aug 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.
Bone Marrow Makes New Fat Cells
Bone Marrow Makes New Fat Cells
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 16, 2015
The origins of adipocytes have been hotly debated, but a human study supports the idea that the bone marrow takes part. 
The Dark Side of Light
The Dark Side of Light
Kerry Grens | May 14, 2015
Artificially extended days cause mice to gain fat and alter the function of their brown fat, a study shows.
Fat Injection Slims Obese Mice
Fat Injection Slims Obese Mice
Kerry Grens | Apr 7, 2015
Transplanting energy-burning brown fat can prevent excess weight gain in a mouse model of obesity.
Drug Stimulates Brown Fat
Drug Stimulates Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Jan 28, 2015
A small study finds that an approved medication increases metabolic rate and the activity of thermogenic brown fat in men.
Fat to the Rescue
Fat to the Rescue
Jenny Rood | Jan 5, 2015
Adipocytes under the skin help fight infections by producing an antimicrobial agent.
Week in Review: October 6–10
Week in Review: October 6–10
Jef Akst | Oct 10, 2014
Nobel Prizes awarded; transgenerational effects of mitochondrial mutations; fat-targeted gene knockdown; Ebola updates in Spain and U.S.
Week in Review: June 2–6
Week in Review: June 2–6
Tracy Vence | Jun 5, 2014
The malnourished microbiome; innate immunity and beige fat; tools for stem cell self-renewal; predicting tomorrow’s PIs; MERS update
Activating Beige Fat
Activating Beige Fat
Kerry Grens | Jun 5, 2014
An innate immune pathway stimulates the activity of heat-producing adipose tissue in mice.
Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells
Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells
Dan Cossins | Jul 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.
Adipose Tissue Metabolism in the Obese
Adipose Tissue Metabolism in the Obese
Justin Odegaard and Ajay Chawla | Dec 12, 2012
Fat cells behave differently in obese individuals, causing inflammation and insulin resitance.
Normal Fat Tissue Metabolism
Normal Fat Tissue Metabolism
Justin Odegaard and Ajay Chawla | Dec 5, 2012
Adipose tissue plays an immune role in individuals of normal wieght.