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2012-01-24 22:02:49

Brown adipose tissue (often known as brown fat) is a specialized tissue that burns calories to generate body heat in rodents and newborn humans, neither of which shiver. Recently, adult humans have also been found to possess brown fat. This fact piqued the interest of researchers seeking to combat the obesity epidemic, the thought being that if they could develop ways to increase the amount of brown fat a person has that person will become slimmer. One hitch to this idea is it has never...

2012-01-12 21:43:00

Why do we like fatty foods so much? We can blame our taste buds. Our tongues apparently recognize and have an affinity for fat, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They have found that variations in a gene can make people more or less sensitive to the taste of fat. The study is the first to identify a human receptor that can taste fat and suggests that some people may be more sensitive to the presence of fat in foods. The study is available...

2012-01-05 11:06:23

Is obesity in infants “programmed” in the womb? Previously, researchers assumed that consumption of “bad” fats during pregnancy contribute to excessive infant adipose tissue growth and that “good” Omega 3 fatty acids prevent expansive adipose tissue development. An intervention study run by the Technische Universität München (TUM) showed no evidence to support this “perinatal programming” theory. Expectant mothers...

2011-11-02 21:54:09

The toxic byproducts produced by the breakdown of unsaturated fats lead to a higher likelihood of severe inflammation, cell death and multi-system organ failure among acute pancreatitis patients who are obese, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Their findings, published online today in Science Translational Medicine, provide new insight into how fat can induce complications after sudden inflammatory, non-infectious illnesses. Doctors have observed that...

2011-10-31 07:00:00

Homeopathic fat-release system eHCG and Human Growth Hormone eHGH will now be available through Vitamin Wagon. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011 Vitamin Wagon has added AnuMed's popular eHGH (Human Growth Hormone) to its already popular homeopathic fat-release formula, e-HCG. The eHGH (Human Growth Hormone) is a natural aid which helps to reduce wrinkles, enhance energy level, reduce fat, increase lean body mass, heighten sexual potency, sharpen the memory, improve sleep and...

2011-10-11 12:41:22

Activating a specialized type of fat, known as brown adipose tissue, may help combat obesity as well as result in better glucose control for type 2 diabetes, according to new research conducted by scientists at the UC Metabolic Diseases Institute. The current UC study suggests that activating brown adipose tissue through targeted inhibition of the cannabinoid receptor 1, also known as CB1, could effectively reduce body weight and blood glucose by increasing calorie burning in brown adipose...

2011-10-04 12:06:03

Breakthrough finding sheds light on fundamental biological process A team of scientists at the Gladstone Institutes and Yale University have begun to unravel the complex process by which cells take in and store microscopic fat molecules, suggesting new directions for further research into solutions for obesity and its related conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. In a paper being published today in Cell Metabolism, Gladstone Senior Investigator...

Fat Tax For Denmark, More Countries To Follow?
2011-10-03 10:47:40

Denmark -  known for its propensity for fatty, rich foods - will now require its residents to pay a bit more for the privilege of tucking into chips and fried foods. A so-called “fat tax” has been enacted by Denmark´s outgoing government in a bid to limit the population´s intake of fatty foods, The Guardian is reporting. Everything from milk to oils, meats and pre-cooked foods such as pizzas will be targeted with the additional revenue to be used for funding...

2011-09-29 23:03:00

A major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other health- and life-threatening conditions, obesity is epidemic in the United States and other developed nations where it's fueled in large part by excessive consumption of a fat-rich "Western diet." But not all fats are equal. Animal-derived saturated fats like lard and butter are strongly linked to adverse health effects, but unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from plants and cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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