Diabetes

Improved diabetes in spite of obesity

Eating too much fat and sugar causes weight gain and reduced health. But why is that, and is there a remedy? In a study published in the journal Cell, Prof. Jens BrĂ¼ning's research group at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism ...

Neuroscience

Enzyme ensures thick insulation

ETH researchers have revealed that Schwann cells in the peripheral nervous system largely produce their own fatty acids in order to create electrical insulation for nerve fibres. This process relies on an enzyme whose absence ...

Overweight & Obesity

In obesity, a micro-RNA causes metabolic problems

Scientists have identified a key molecular player in a chain of events in the body that can lead to fatty liver disease, Type II diabetes and other metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity. By blocking this molecule, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New study may lead to better, safer drug for diabetes

A Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) study published recently in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals that a natural fatty acid can serve as a regulator of blood sugar levels, which may have important applications ...