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

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Whether slow or fast, here's how your metabolism influences how many calories you burn each day

There are some factors you can't change about your metabolism. But there are things you can do to influence how much energy your body uses over the course of the day.

Terezie Tolar-Peterson, Associate Professor of Food Science, Nutrition & Health Promotion, Mississippi State University • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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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

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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

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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

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82% of avocado oil isn’t what the label says

In some cases, avocado oil labeled as "pure" or "extra virgin" contained nearly 100% soybean oil, reserchers found. They also have tips to avoid bad oil.

Diane Nelson-UC Davis • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

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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

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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

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Brown, white and beige: understanding your body's different fat cells could help with weight loss

We all have white and brown fat cells – but recent research shows there's a third type, called "beige" cells.

Trust Diya, Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Staffordshire University • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

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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

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