How Animal Testing and Research is Advancing Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

How Animal Testing and Research is Advancing Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

This is the second installment of a 3-part series covering some of the contributions animals have made to treatments for diabetes. Read part one and part three. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body’s cells don’t adequately use insulin from the pancreas to turn glucose into energy. The result is high […]

Food Addiction And Brain Signals

Food Addiction And Brain Signals

Do you find yourself craving sweets, and not just sweets, the high fat ones? It seems it may have to do with a particular hormone in the brain called glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Researchers at Rutgers are looking at GLP-1 and its influence in obesity and food addiction. GLP-1 is located in different areas of […]

As Different As Night and Day

As Different As Night and Day

What is your chronotype? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Recent studies suggest that night owls may be predisposed to obesity as well as depression. Researchers at the University of Leicester in the UK have narrowed it down to eighty genes in the fruit fly that are very similar to humans. They […]

Light “Switch” to Turn Off Hunger

Light “Switch” to Turn Off Hunger

Scientists have discovered a “switch” in the brain to control hunger and promote feelings of satiety. The hypothalamus, which produces hormones and controls hunger among many other functions, expresses a receptor known as MC4R. MC4R then communicates with an area in the back of the brain to create a feeling of fullness. Scientists altered the […]

Diet and Microbiome-Day and Night

Diet and Microbiome-Day and Night

More research on gut bacteria, or microbiome, continues to connect the dots in how our bodies react to what we eat. The latest research compares the western diet, otherwise known as a high fat diet, to a normal one and the impact it has on circadian rhythm. Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center […]

Tree Derived Molecule Helps Females Lose Weight but Not Males

Tree Derived Molecule Helps Females Lose Weight but Not Males

Males struggle less with weight loss than females, just diet with your significant other sometime ladies, but a new study shows that a molecule found in plant leaves keeps female mice from gaining weight but not males. Can we get a collective WOO HOO?!?!  Researchers have shown that a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), […]