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Heat May Melt Away White Fat
Local heat therapy induces browning of adipose tissue in mice and humans, a study finds, suggesting it could help treat obesity—though some experts have reservations.
Heat May Melt Away White Fat
Heat May Melt Away White Fat

Local heat therapy induces browning of adipose tissue in mice and humans, a study finds, suggesting it could help treat obesity—though some experts have reservations.

Local heat therapy induces browning of adipose tissue in mice and humans, a study finds, suggesting it could help treat obesity—though some experts have reservations.

White Fat
brown fat, metabolism, cardiovascular disease, cardiometabolic disease, genetics & genomics, immunology, Q&A, adipose tissue, obesity
Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health
Amanda Heidt | Jan 12, 2021
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.
Belly Fat Has a Role to Play in Fighting Infections
Selene Meza-Perez and 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.
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.
Neuronal Connection Between Fat and the Brain Visualized
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 24, 2015
Researchers pinpoint the neurons within white fat tissue that mediate brain-bound leptin signaling and eventual fat breakdown.
Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Aug 7, 2015
Following extreme trauma, patients’ adipose samples have revealed—for the first time in humans—that white fat can be converted into energy-burning brown fat.
Week in Review: July 28–August 1
Tracy Vence | Aug 1, 2014
See-through organs and animals; distinguishing white from brown and beige fat cells; chipping away at genetic mosaicism; catching up with the blogger behind Street Anatomy
Markers Distinguish “Good” from “Bad” Fat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 30, 2014
Researchers have identified three fat cell-specific surface markers that distinguish white from brown and beige adipocytes.
Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 22, 2014
Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.
Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells
Dan Cossins | Jul 1, 2013
Researchers discover that unlike brown fat cells, white fat cells can directly sense cooling temperatures to switch on genes that control heat production.