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.
Olfaction Determines Weight in Mice
Olfaction Determines Weight in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jul 5, 2017
Animals lacking a sense of smell stayed thinner than their smelling counterparts, despite eating the same amount.
Caloric Restriction Turns White Fat Brown
Caloric Restriction Turns White Fat Brown
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 25, 2016
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
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Kerry Grens | Nov 16, 2015
In mice lacking intestinal microbiota, white fat turns brown and obesity is prevented.
Shingo Kajimura: Fishing for Answers
Shingo Kajimura: Fishing for Answers
Karen Zusi | Nov 1, 2015
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 39
The Skinny on Fat Cells
The Skinny on Fat Cells
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 1, 2015
Bruce Spiegelman has spent his career at the forefront of adipocyte differentiation and metabolism.
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?
Irisin Redeemed
Irisin Redeemed
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 13, 2015
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
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.
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.
Irisin Skepticism Goes Way Back
Irisin Skepticism Goes Way Back
Kerry Grens | Mar 18, 2015
Post-publication peer reviewers had questioned data about the supposed fat-browning enzyme from the get-go.
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.
Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat
Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 15, 2015
Insulin and leptin act on specialized neurons in the mouse hypothalamus to promote conversion of white to beige fat.
Drug Spurs Digestion
Drug Spurs Digestion
Jef Akst | Jan 6, 2015
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
Week in Review: July 28–August 1
Tracy Vence | Aug 1, 2014
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
Markers Distinguish “Good” from “Bad” Fat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 30, 2014
Researchers have identified three fat cell-specific surface markers that distinguish white from brown and beige adipocytes.
Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia
Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 22, 2014
Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.
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.