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2012-07-31 12:45:40

New research in the FASEB Journals demonstrates that blocking the delta opioid receptor in mice created resistance to weight gain and stimulated gene expression promoting non-shivering thermogenesis Imagine eating all of the sugar and fat that you want without gaining a pound. Thanks to new research published in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), the day may come when this is not too far from reality. That's because researchers from the United States and Europe have found that...

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...

2011-12-13 15:00:20

Ability of Brown Fat to Burn Calories Linked to Immune Cells, Say UCSF Researchers Throughout the interior spaces of humans and other warm-blooded creatures is a special type of tissue known as brown fat, which may hold the secret to diets and weight-loss programs of the future. Unlike ordinary “white” fat, in which the body stores excess calories, brown fat can burn calories to heat up the body. It´s one of the things that helps keep wild critters warm on cold nights....

2009-07-07 14:44:13

Have you ever covered yourself with a blanket to stave off the shivers? A new study shows that a blanket can also help alleviate shivering in patients who have been cooled to prevent brain damage.Patients with brain injuries or dangerously high fevers are often cooled to reduce their core body temperature to prevent further damage and aid healing. Unfortunately, cooling induces a natural and familiar response - shivering. This shivering counteracts efforts to keep the patient's temperature...

2009-01-14 13:31:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A surge of arctic air forecast to arrive in Pennsylvania on Thursday will bring hazardous wind chills that could lead to serious health problems, the Health Department warned today. Temperatures across Pennsylvania are expected to range from the single digits to minus 10 tomorrow, with wind chills forecasted to drop to 5 to 30 below zero. "Taking preventive action can help you reduce the risk of hypothermia, which is a very real threat...

2009-01-14 15:56:27

Sub-zero U.S. temperatures can put people at risk for hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, federal health officials said. Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that when exposed to cold temperatures, the body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced, which can result in hypothermia. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. Hypothermia occurs most commonly at very cold...