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How Bulgy Bears Keep Diabetes at Bay
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 8, 2014
A genetic switch in hibernating bears keeps the animals from becoming insulin-resistant.
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2014
Sex on Earth, Wild Connection, The Classification of Sex
Activating Beige Fat
Kerry Grens | Jun 5, 2014
An innate immune pathway stimulates the activity of heat-producing adipose tissue in mice.
Kerry Grens | Jun 2, 2014
The hormone leptin, which signals fullness to animals, acts not only through neurons but through glia, too.
The Obesity Burden
Jef Akst | May 29, 2014
A global study of obesity reveals that an increasing number of people around the world are overweight.
Obesity Complicates Colorectal Cancer
Tracy Vence | Apr 9, 2014
Study finds that prediagnosis obesity is predictive of poor prognosis, even among patients who have a molecular marker associated with better disease outcome.
Shivering Akin to Exercising
Kerry Grens | Feb 4, 2014
Working out and shivering in the cold both upregulate hormones and genes involved in brown fat production.
Brain Circuit Toggles Eating
Kerry Grens | Sep 26, 2013
A network of neurons in the hypothalamus can turn feeding behavior on or off with the flip of an optogenetic switch in mice.
Obesity via Microbe Transplants
Ed Yong | Sep 5, 2013
Germ-free mice gain weight when transplanted with gut microbes from obese humans, in a diet-dependent manner.
Obesity-Fighting Drug May Improve Metabolism
Erin Weeks | Sep 3, 2013
Initial tests of a hormone therapy suggest it reduces LDL cholesterol and improves weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes.