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2012-06-04 19:26:51

Finding could help fight obesity epidemic Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have shown that while a type of "good" fat found in the body can be activated by cold temperatures, it is not able to be activated by the drug ephedrine. The finding, published in today's issue of PNAS USA Early Edition, may lead to drugs or other methods aimed at activating the good fat, known as brown fat. When activated, brown fat burns calories and can help in the battle against obesity. "We propose...

2011-09-21 13:02:18

Molecular pathways could play important role in the fight against obesity and diabetes Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have identified for the first time two molecular pathways that are critical to activating a type of "good" fat found in the body, a discovery that could play an important role in the fight against obesity and diabetes. The fat, called brown fat, actually burns energy rather than storing it, which the more common white fat does. The study, published in the...

2011-08-11 22:07:11

Study at Joslin Diabetes Center and Children's Hospital Boston Finds Boosting Brown Fat Levels May Combat Obesity Epidemic Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center and Children's Hospital Boston have shown that a type of "good" fat known as brown fat occurs in varying amounts in children "“ increasing until puberty and then declining -- and is most active in leaner children. The study used PET imaging data to document children's amounts and activity of brown fat, which, unlike white fat,...

2009-06-11 13:36:46

Previously thought. The results, which suggest a new way to treat obesity, were presented at The Endocrine Society's 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Brown fat burns off calories and generates heat in babies and small mammals. Most of our body fat is white fat, which also provides insulation but stores calories. It becomes "bad" fat when you have too much. The "good" fat"”brown fat"”was considered essentially nonexistent in human adults. "We now know that it is...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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