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Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Kerry Grens | Apr 11, 2018
A study of more than 450,000 people finds a certain genetic variant associated with eating more carbs is linked to a thicker waist and higher blood pressure, but less fat.
Ocean Sunfish Could Offer Clues to the “Rise of Slime”
Ashley Yeager | Apr 1, 2018
A controversial hypothesis suggests that jellyfish may one day rule the oceans, and
may tell us if we are approaching a tipping point.
Caloric Restriction Slows Signs of Aging in Humans
Diana Kwon | Mar 26, 2018
Findings from a randomized, controlled trial finds that reducing food intake decreases metabolism and reduces oxidative damage to tissues and cells.
High-Fiber Diet Shifts Gut Microbes, Lowering Blood Sugar in Diabetics
Ashley Yeager | Mar 9, 2018
New findings suggest that promoting the growth of fiber-loving bacteria may help manage type 2 diabetes.
Genomic Particularities Hint at Vampire Bat’s Ability to Live Off Blood
Kerry Grens | Feb 19, 2018
In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.
How Gaining and Losing Weight Affects the Body
Abby Olena | Jan 17, 2018
Millions of measurements from 23 people who consumed extra calories every day for a month reveal changes in proteins, metabolites, and gut microbiota that accompany shifts in body mass.
Primary Cilia in Neurons Linked to Obesity
Abby Olena | Jan 8, 2018
Three studies—one of mice and two of human genetics—describe the role of two proteins, adenylyl cyclase and melanocortin 4 receptor, in the development of obesity and diabetes.
Linoleic Acid Derivatives Potentially Mediate Pain and Itch in the Skin
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2018
Researchers uncover a family of compounds that may be involved in pain transmission.
Investigation Reveals Sexual Assault of Adolescents in Federally Funded Research Study
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 4, 2017
An internal investigation has revealed why the $8.8 million Purdue University study was abruptly terminated earlier this year.
Mitochondrial Networks Explain Why Caloric Restriction Extends Worms’ Lives
Jef Akst | Nov 7, 2017
Maintaining dynamic connections among the body’s mitochondria is required for the health and life-extending benefits of low-calorie diets for nematodes.