Medical research

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. ...

Health

Stress could help activate brown fat

Mild stress stimulates the activity and heat production by brown fat associated with raised cortisol, according to a study published today in Experimental Physiology.

Oncology & Cancer

Thwarting protein production slows cancer cells' malignant march

Protein production or translation is tightly coupled to a highly conserved stress response that cancer cells rely on for survival and proliferation, according to Whitehead Institute researchers. In mouse models of cancer, ...

Medical research

Some fat cells can feel the cold

(Medical Xpress)—To survive in cold environments, mammals burn fat to produce heat. The breakdown of fat helps prevent obesity and related metabolic diseases, such as diabetes. Bruce Spiegelman and his colleagues at Harvard ...

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