Brown fat may protect against chronic diseases

Brown fat may protect against a variety of disease, including type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease, a new study of 50,000 people shows.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

Without vitamin D, zebrafish pack on fat

Vitamin D deficiency resulted in stunted growth and additional fat reserves in zebrafish, research shows.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Sept. 30, 2020 ~4 min

Better robot batteries get inspiration from body fat

Batteries that can conform to the shape of a robot's body double as protection and far more efficient energy storage could pave the way for new bots.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Fat-burning neurons in mice grow with leptin

Evidence that fat-burning neurons can grow in response to leptin suggests a potential way to promote weight loss, say researchers.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Key signals kickstart fat-burning in mice

Researchers have found signals that start the process of turning fat into heat in mice. It could pave the way for activating the same signals in humans.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~5 min

To feel better, replace sitting with sleep or light activity

"With everything happening right now, this is one thing we can control or manage and it has the potential to help our mental health."

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~5 min

Body fat reveals immune differences between the sexes

Why do people of different sexes vary in their susceptibility to various diseases? New research points to body fat and the immune system.

Andrew Trounson-Melbourne • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~7 min

The fat around arteries seems to have an important job

The fat around our arteries, PVAT, may have an important role in letting the blood vessels "stress relax."

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 21, 2020 ~4 min

More than a week of keto might not be good for you

In the short-term, a keto diet may offer health benefits. But after about a week, it can lead to negative health effects, a new study with mice shows.

Yale • futurity
Jan. 27, 2020 ~4 min

Cutting tongue fat can improve sleep apnea

Tongue fat is a risk factor for sleep apnea and losing tongue fat reduces the severity apnea, researchers have discovered.

Lauren Ingeno-Penn • futurity
Jan. 10, 2020 ~6 min