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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Lipid Droplets Are Intracellular Bacteria-Fighting Machines
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Exercising Before Eating Burns More Fat: Study
Exercising Before Eating Burns More Fat: Study
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Judge Says FDA Can Stop Clinic from Selling Stem Cell Treatments
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The decision may facilitate the agency cracking down more effectively on the unproven interventions these companies sell.
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A new study reveals an unexpected role for the immune cells and a previously unknown mechanism for the wasting syndrome.
Fat Tissue Can Help Cancer Cells Proliferate, Metastasize
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Infographic: How Fat Cells Influence Tumor Growth
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Infographic: The Omentum’s Role in Health and Disease
Infographic: The Omentum’s Role in Health and Disease
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Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2018 issue of The Scientist.
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.
Microglia Cause Cognitive Decline in Obese Mice
Microglia Cause Cognitive Decline in Obese Mice
Diana Kwon | Sep 10, 2018
The brain’s immune cells gobble up synapses in the hippocampi of rodents fed high-fat or high-sugar diets.
Image of the Day: Fat Friendly
Image of the Day: Fat Friendly
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 13, 2018
The oldest-known ice mummy consumed high amounts of fat.
Amazonians Offer Clues to Human Childhood Development
Amazonians Offer Clues to Human Childhood Development
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A study of Shuar children in Ecuador provides a window into how the human body responds to infection in the sorts of conditions that shaped our species’ evolution.
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
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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.  
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FDA Goes After Two Stem Cell Clinics
FDA Goes After Two Stem Cell Clinics
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The agency raided one that was using a stem cell-smallpox vaccine combo, and sent a warning to another to obey best practices.
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.
Year in Review: Hot Topics
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Inside a Lab Mouse’s High-Fat Diet
Inside a Lab Mouse’s High-Fat Diet
Kate Yandell | Nov 23, 2015
Researchers should pay closer attention to the diets they use to study obesity in mice, experts advise.