Copper discovered to be key component of burning fat

A fluorescent probe creates a heat map of copper in white fat cells. Higher levels of copper are shown in yellow and red. The left panel shows normal levels of copper from fat cells of control mice, and the right panel shows cells deficient in copper. Credit: Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy and Joseph Cotruvo Jr./UC Berkeley AContinue reading “Copper discovered to be key component of burning fat”

Discovery of fat breakdown trigger opens door for new obesity treatments

While it’s known that the brain is responsible for instructing our fat stores to break down and release energy as we need it, scientists haven’t yet been able to pin down exactly how this process plays out. Leptin, a hormone produced by our fat cells, travels to the brain to regulate appetite, metabolism and energy,Continue reading “Discovery of fat breakdown trigger opens door for new obesity treatments”

Century-old drug reverses signs of autism in mice

By Elizabeth Norton A single dose of a century-old drug has eliminated autism symptoms in adult mice with an experimental form of the disorder. Originally developed to treat African sleeping sickness, the compound, called suramin, quells a heightened stress response in neurons that researchers believe may underlie some traits of autism. The finding raises theContinue reading “Century-old drug reverses signs of autism in mice”

Losing Weight May Require Some Serious Fun

If you are aiming to lose weight by revving up your exercise routine, it may be wise to think of your workouts not as exercise, but as playtime. An unconventional new study suggests that people’s attitudes toward physical activity can influence what they eat afterward and, ultimately, whether they drop pounds. For some time, scientistsContinue reading “Losing Weight May Require Some Serious Fun”

8 ancients beliefs now backed by modern science

The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn’t mean old-world intellectuals got everything wrong. In fact, in recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically. A full 55Continue reading “8 ancients beliefs now backed by modern science”

U.S. WWII Minnesota Starvation Experiment

Towards the end of World War II, word got through that certain people in occupied territories were eating a near-starvation diet. American researchers wanted to study the effects of starvation, so they recruited volunteers – and starved them some more. The Minnesota Starvation Experiment pretty much lived up to its name. It was an earlyContinue reading “U.S. WWII Minnesota Starvation Experiment”