obesity
Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity
Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2015
Microbes identified in a city’s sewage treatment plants correlate with the population’s obesity rate, a study shows.
Oocytes and Obesity
Oocytes and Obesity
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 10, 2015
Eggs from excessively overweight mothers suffer mitochondrial damage that can be averted with pharmacological intervention, a mouse study finds. 
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.
Gene x Environment x Time
Gene x Environment x Time
Molly Sharlach | Jan 5, 2015
A common genetic variant increases the risk of obesity only in people born after 1942, a study shows.
Obesity Linked to Shorter Life
Obesity Linked to Shorter Life
Jef Akst | Dec 5, 2014
Excess body weight can decrease one’s life expectancy by nearly 10 years, according to a new modeling study.
Next Generation: Fat-Targeted Gene Knockdown
Next Generation: Fat-Targeted Gene Knockdown
Molly Sharlach | Oct 5, 2014
A small peptide helps a silencing construct home in on the adipocytes of obese mice.
Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity
Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2014
Taking multiple courses of common antibiotics before the age of 2 may increase a child’s risk of obesity.
Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity
Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 14, 2014
Low doses of antibiotics early in life lead to adult obesity in mice, a study shows.