An ever-growing epidemic, obesity is a chronic medical condition where excess body fat has accumulated to the point it may cause a multitude of health disorders. Several studies have also … Continue Reading Visceral fat delivers a signal to the brain that impairs cognition.
Used to evaluate whether a person is at a healthy weight or not, regardless or appearances, Body Mass Index (BMI) is a value derived from the weight and height of … Continue Reading New regulation for infant growth identified.
In cancer, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process where tumors assume a mesenchymal cell phenotype to enhance metastasis, invasiveness, and elevated resistance to cell death. Now, researchers from the University … Continue Reading Breast cancer cells coaxed into turning into fat cells.
Obesity is a global health problem that poses a major risk factor for life-threatening diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegeneration. Recent studies have identified specific loci associated with … Continue Reading Study maps a molecular link between insulin-sensitivity and obesity.
Body mass index (BMI) is an important risk factor for breast cancer development and invasiveness. After menopause, women have an increased risk of developing breast cancer with increased BMI, while … Continue Reading New MRI technique links saturated fats to breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
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.
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.
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.
A primary function of cytokines is to initiate immune responses; however, it has become increasingly apparent that they play major roles in the regulation of energy homeostasis, implicating them in … Continue Reading Sensor protein shown to have dual role in immune-system and metabolism.
White adipose tissue, or fat tissue, serves as a storage depot for energy-rich triglycerides. In times of need this lipid storage can be released as part of an adaptive response … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown neural mechanism responsible for fat breakdown.
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and … Continue Reading Researchers link obesity to a faulty immune system in animal model.
Triglycerides, like cholesterol, are lipids. They come from fats carried by food or produced by the human body. Depending on the cause, the accumulation of triglycerides in blood is associated … Continue Reading Researchers use precision medicine to reduce the amount of fat in patient’s blood.
While all red and white blood cells derive from stem cells in the bone marrow, the scientific community has been divided as to whether bone marrow cells are also able … Continue Reading Long-term study uncovers previously unknown mechanism of the formation of fat tissue in humans.
Metabolism experts are increasingly convinced that obesity and many of the pathogenic changes it entails, such as Metabolic Syndrome and type 2 diabetes, are a result of chronic inflammatory processes … Continue Reading Researchers identify enzyme in animal model responsible for metabolism disorders due to obesity.