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The Lypla1 gene impacts obesity in a sex-specific manner

Susceptibility to obesity, insulin resistance and other cardio-metabolic traits may also be dependent on a person's sex. An international research team of the University of California (UCLA), Helmholtz Zentrum München, a ...

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Cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce brown adipose tissue

ETH Zurich scientists have shown that statins, one of the most commonly prescribed classes of pharmaceuticals, reduce beneficial brown adipose tissue. But this is no reason to demonise these drugs, the researchers insist.

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How brown adipose tissue reacts to a carbohydrate-rich meal

Brown fat consumes energy, which is the reason that it could be important for preventing obesity and diabetes. Working together with an international team, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) were able ...

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Environmental impact passed on to offspring

Anyone with lots of brown adipose tissue, or brown fat, can count themselves lucky: this tissue—which is found in some people under the tongue, around the collarbone and along the spine—helps them to use up excess energy. ...

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Eating activates the functioning of human brown fat

The importance of the human brown adipose tissue (BAT) has become clearer over the past 10 years. Using functional imaging, positron emission tomography (PET) it was possible to show that adult humans have functional BAT. ...

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