It has been established that not all cancer cells are equally aggressive, most can be neutralised with radiation and chemotherapy. Now, a study from researchers at Lund University shows that … Continue Reading Study shows cancer cells can become aggressive and metastasize by storing fat cells.
Obesity has become a major health threat, affecting more than half a billion people worldwide in 2014. In particular, obesity increases the risk for insulin resistance, hypertension, coronary heart disease … Continue Reading Epigenetic modification which raises obesity risk and predicts fatty liver identified.
Twenty-years ago there was a big step forward in the understanding of obesity when researchers discovered that a person’s appetite is controlled by a key molecule called leptin. Leptin is … Continue Reading Glia brain cells implicated in appetite control.
Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, there were over 600 million people classified as obese, making up 13% of the global population. Researchers have long known … Continue Reading Researchers stimulate brown-fat in animals to improve weight-management and glucose control.
With type 1 diabetes too much glucose and fat circulating in the blood help make cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death and disability in people with the disease. While … Continue Reading New pathway and potential treatment identified for unhealthy levels of fat in type 1 diabetes.
The autonomic nervous system, made up of sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, is known to regulate blood glucose levels by directly controlling insulin secretion by the pancreas. Insulin secretion and blood … Continue Reading Hormone inhibits neuronal connections between the brain and pancreas in neurodevelopment.
The molecular intricacies of hunger and satiety, pivotal for understanding metabolic disorders and the problem of obesity, are not yet fully understood by scientists. How much a person eats and … Continue Reading Protein responsible for regulating feeding behaviour in the brain identified.
Brown adipose tissue, brown fat, is a key tissue that controls the energy balance of whole body. Excessive energy is dissipated in the form of heat by brown adipocytes specialized … Continue Reading Study identifies pathway in brown fat responsible for better metabolism.
It is known that cardiac natriuretic peptides (NPs) are hormones produced by the heart to influence blood pressure. When the heart senses elevated pressure, it releases NPs, which go to the … Continue Reading Human study identifies link between heart hormones, obesity, and diabetes.
Current estimates place obesity incidence at more than 600 million individuals worldwide. As a prime risk factor for heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and neurodegeneration, obesity poses a … Continue Reading Researchers identify an epigenetic switch for obesity.
The recent surge in obesity prevalence has been greatly influenced by food intake and diet composition. Energy from food comes in three macronutrient forms- fat, protein, and carbohydrate. Over the … Continue Reading First liver-generated hormone to work with brain to control sugar-intake identified.
Metabolism is the process by which the human body converts caloric intake into energy. A number of factors determine the amount of calories burnt, namely caloric intake, physical activity, as … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown link between stress and fat metabolism.
A fundamental law of genetics states that progenies do not inherit epigenetically-based adaptive, pathological or neural features acquired in response to environmental conditions. However, recent studies seem to contradict this … Continue Reading Researchers map ‘epigenetic inheritability’ in fathers sperm caused by diet.
Obesity increases risk of age-related cognitive decline and is accompanied by peripheral inflammation. Studies in rodent models of obesity have demonstrated that impaired hippocampal function correlates with microglial activation, however, … Continue Reading Study shows obesity causes microglia to start eating neural connections.
A mammals’ body temperature is usually constant, however, when exposed to cold their body temperature drops by few degrees before slowly rising almost back to normal. This adaptive mechanism is … Continue Reading Study shows how gut microbiota regulates weight loss & good fat in the cold.
Obesity is a metabolic disorder resulting from behavioral and heritable causes. Children of obese fathers are at higher risk of developing metabolic disease later in life, independent of the body … Continue Reading Study maps epigenetics of father’s weight passed on by his sperm.