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Skin Graft-based Gene Therapy Treats Diabetes in Mice
Shawna Williams | Aug 4, 2017
A small patch of engineered cells makes an enzyme that stimulates insulin release.
Study: Microglia Tied to Weight Gain in Mice
Aggie Mika | Jul 5, 2017
Just by activating these immune cells in the brain, scientists could make mice eat more and burn fewer calories.
Running on Empty
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2017
Regularly taking breaks from eating—for hours or days—can trigger changes both expected, such as in metabolic dynamics and inflammation, and surprising, as in immune system function and cancer progression.
Fat’s Influence on Cancer
Jef Akst | Apr 3, 2017
Researchers at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting discuss the roles of adipose tissue and inflammation in the growth and spread of tumors.
Study: Toddlers of Obese Parents More Susceptible to Developmental Delays
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 4, 2017
Children born to obese parents are at increased risk of failing motor development and cognitive tests, according to an NIH-led study.
Why Obese Mice Prefer To Sit Around All Day
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 3, 2017
A study links excess body weight in the rodents with dopamine receptor inactivity and reduced movement.
Study: Rat Moms’ Diets Affect Offspring Obesity Risk
Jef Akst | Dec 15, 2016
Female rats fed a typical Western diet had offspring that were at higher risk of obesity than moms fed low-fat, high-grain meals.
Altered Microbiome Contributes to Exaggerated Post-Diet Weight Regain in Mice
Tracy Vence | Nov 24, 2016
Obesity-associated microbiome composition can persist after weight loss, affecting the exchange of metabolites between a mouse and its resident bugs, researchers report.
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.
Neural Circuit Plays Role in Overeating
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 8, 2016
Activating serotonin receptors halts a binge-like eating behavior in mice, researchers report.