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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
Selene Meza-Perez and Troy D. Randall | Oct 1, 2018 | 9 min read
Hanging in front of the abdomen like an apron, the depot of visceral fat known as the omentum helps regulate immune responses.
Olfaction Determines Weight in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jul 5, 2017 | 3 min read
Animals lacking a sense of smell stayed thinner than their smelling counterparts, despite eating the same amount.
Caloric Restriction Turns White Fat Brown
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 25, 2016 | 4 min read
Limiting food intake leads to the conversion of white fat cells into more metabolically active brown fat cells through an immune response, a mouse study shows.
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Kerry Grens | Nov 16, 2015 | 1 min read
In mice lacking intestinal microbiota, white fat turns brown and obesity is prevented.
Shingo Kajimura: Fishing for Answers
Karen Zusi | Nov 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 39
The Skinny on Fat Cells
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 1, 2015 | 8 min read
Bruce Spiegelman has spent his career at the forefront of adipocyte differentiation and metabolism.
Warming Up to Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Oct 8, 2015 | 6 min read
Scientists know how to turn on these fat-combusting cells. Can these energy burners be used to combat obesity?
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Irisin Redeemed
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 13, 2015 | 3 min read
Researchers who first identified irisin quantitate levels of the hormone in human blood and show it is released during exercise.  
Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Aug 7, 2015 | 2 min read
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.
The Dark Side of Light
Kerry Grens | May 14, 2015 | 1 min read
Artificially extended days cause mice to gain fat and alter the function of their brown fat, a study shows.
Fat Injection Slims Obese Mice
Kerry Grens | Apr 7, 2015 | 1 min read
Transplanting energy-burning brown fat can prevent excess weight gain in a mouse model of obesity.
Irisin Skepticism Goes Way Back
Kerry Grens | Mar 18, 2015 | 2 min read
Post-publication peer reviewers had questioned data about the supposed fat-browning enzyme from the get-go.
Drug Stimulates Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Jan 28, 2015 | 1 min read
A small study finds that an approved medication increases metabolic rate and the activity of thermogenic brown fat in men.
Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 15, 2015 | 4 min read
Insulin and leptin act on specialized neurons in the mouse hypothalamus to promote conversion of white to beige fat.
Drug Spurs Digestion
Jef Akst | Jan 6, 2015 | 1 min read
A new drug shows promise as a weight-loss solution in mice, prompting the animals to burn calories in the absence of a meal.
Week in Review: July 28–August 1
Tracy Vence | Aug 1, 2014 | 3 min read
See-through organs and animals; distinguishing white from brown and beige fat cells; chipping away at genetic mosaicism; catching up with the blogger behind Street Anatomy
Markers Distinguish “Good” from “Bad” Fat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 30, 2014 | 3 min read
Researchers have identified three fat cell-specific surface markers that distinguish white from brown and beige adipocytes.
Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 22, 2014 | 2 min read
Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.
Activating Beige Fat
Kerry Grens | Jun 5, 2014 | 3 min read
An innate immune pathway stimulates the activity of heat-producing adipose tissue in mice.
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