What’s Up With Brown Fat?

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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

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

The Microbiome and Diabetes

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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

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

The Microbiome and Prader-Willi Syndrome

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

Obesity Villain b29

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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?

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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!

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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

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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

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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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