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Somatosensory neuron receptors used to form brown fat, have implications for diabetes and obesity.

Brown or good fat has long been investigated as a treatment for obesity and Type 2 diabetes due to the fact it burns energy faster than white fat, a type … Continue Reading Somatosensory neuron receptors used to form brown fat, have implications for diabetes and obesity.

Study shows that fat cells which amplify nerve signals in response to cold also affect blood sugar.

When exposed to cold, clusters of cells within the body’s white fat become beige, a colour change which reflects the creation of more energy-producing mitochondria, cellular components that enable cells … Continue Reading Study shows that fat cells which amplify nerve signals in response to cold also affect blood sugar.

Neuroimaging shows the effect of hunger on the brain’s response to food cues.

The decision to engage in food-seeking behaviour depends on homeostatic signals relating to energy balance and the presence of competing motivational drives, as well as learned brain cues signaling food … Continue Reading Neuroimaging shows the effect of hunger on the brain’s response to food cues.

Human study shows ‘aggressive drunk’ gene may protect carriers from obesity and associated risks.

It is known that genetics plays a role in obesity, with genes directly causing obesity in disorders such as Bardet-Biedl syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. However, genes and behaviour may both … Continue Reading Human study shows ‘aggressive drunk’ gene may protect carriers from obesity and associated risks.

Neuroimaging shows that response to food cues differ in severely obese women.

Understanding the integrative role of the central nervous system in the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases is of great importance.  It has been hypothesized that flexibility of food reward–related … Continue Reading Neuroimaging shows that response to food cues differ in severely obese women.