What’s Up With Brown Fat?


Recent research may help develop pharmaceuticals that activate “brown fat” — thus making a difference for people suffering from diabetes and obesity.

The Life and Times of Brown Fat


Do children have more brown fat because they are thin, or are they thin because they have more brown fat?

The Microbiome and Diabetes


Studies show that people who live together and/or are related have very similar microbiomes. What does this mean for people who struggle with diabetes?

Another Look at Contagious Obesity


Studies show that people who are related and/or live together share large swaths of their microbial populations.

The Microbiome and Prader-Willi Syndrome


Researchers are trying out genetic manipulation, appetite-curbing drugs, cognitive therapy, electric stimulation of the brain, and more, to combat PWS.

Obesity Villain b29


Prof. Liping Zhao isolated a strain of enterobacter cloacae called b29 and introduced it into the bodies of sterile mice. Here’s what happened.

Prebiotics — Too Good to Be True?


Prof. of Microbiology Liping Zhao investigates the interactions between host genetics, diet and the microbiome, using himself as a subject.

The Microbiota Don’t Like Antibiotics — Of Course!


Trillions of microbiota live mostly in the colon and display intriguing connections with obesity or the lack of it.

Psychiatric Disorders, Weight Loss, and Weight Loss Surgery


After the weight loss surgery, even when the patient seems to be doing fine, the psychological benefits may alternately spike, drop or disappear.

Weight Loss and Psychiatric Disorders


Research shows that despite their long-term success with weight loss, the patients’ mental health on average deteriorated past even their pre-surgery level.

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