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Mechanism That Regulates Production of Energy-Burning Brown Fat Discovered

Posted March 15, 2013

Joslin scientists have discovered a mechanism that regulates the production of brown fat, a type of fat which plays an important role in heat production and energy metabolism. The findings, which appear in the current issue of Nature, may lead to new therapies that increase BAT formation to treat obesity.

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Brown adipose tissue beneficial for metabolism and glucose tolerance

Posted December 12, 2012

Joslin Diabetes Center scientists have demonstrated that brown adipose tissue (BAT) has beneficial effects on glucose tolerance, body weight and metabolism. The findings, which may lead to new treatments for diabetes, appear in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Bulbs in Traditional African Medicine

Posted April 30, 2012

It is estimated that 60% of South Africans use plants for traditional medicine and over 300 000 traditional healers support a multi-million Dollar hidden economy. Traditionally the gathering of medicinal plants was restricted to trained healers who had undergone years of training. Some received strict instruction to dig for plants just before winter and after seeds had matured and seldom were medicinal plants ring-barked or uprooted.

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