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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 14, 2014
Low doses of antibiotics early in life lead to adult obesity in mice, a study shows.