Navigation Links
Fighting obesity with thermal imaging
Date:7/18/2012

Scientists at The University of Nottingham believe they've found a way of fighting obesity with a pioneering technique which uses thermal imaging. This heat-seeking technology is being used to trace our reserves of brown fat the body's 'good fat' which plays a key role in how quickly our body can burn calories as energy.

This special tissue known as Brown Adipose Tissue, or brown fat, produces 300 times more heat than any other tissue in the body. Potentially the more brown fat we have the less likely we are to lay down excess energy or food as white fat.

Michael Symonds, Professor of Developmental Physiology in the School of Clinical Sciences, led a team of scientists and doctors at The University of Nottingham who have pioneered the thermal imaging process so we can assess how much brown fat we've got and how much heat it is producing. Their research has just been published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

The University of Nottingham's Early Life Nutrition Research Unit is at the forefront of ground-breaking international research into managing brown adipose tissue using nutrition, exercise, and environmental and therapeutic interventions.

Thermogenic index for food labels

Professor Symonds said: "Potentially the more brown fat you have or the more active your brown fat is you produce more heat and as a result you might be less likely to lay down excess energy or food as white fat.

"This completely non-invasive technique could play a crucial role in our fight against obesity. Potentially we could add a thermogenic index to food labels to show whether that product would increase or decrease heat production within brown fat. In other words whether it would speed up or slow down the amount of calories we burn."

The obesity threat

Obesity is one of the biggest challenges we face in Europe and America as our children grow older. It affects 155 million children worldwide. In the UK the number of overweight children doubled in the 1990s.

Dr Helen Budge, Clinical Associate Professor and Reader in Neonatology, said: "Babies have a larger amount of brown fat which they use up to keep warm soon after birth making our study's finding that this healthy fat can also generate heat in childhood and adolescence very exciting."

Professor Symonds and his team say their ground-breaking research could lead to a better understanding of how brown fat balances the energy from the food we eat with the energy our bodies actually use up.

Professor Symonds, together with Dr Budge and their team from the University's School of Clinical Sciences has shown that the neck region in healthy children produces heat. With the help of local school children they found that this region, which is known to contain brown adipose tissue, rapidly switches on to produce heat. This capacity is much greater in young children compared with adolescents and adults. The researchers are now using their findings to explore interventions designed to promote energy use as heat and, thus, prevent excess weight gain in both children and adults.

Non-invasive technology

Professor Symonds said: "Using our imaging technique we can locate brown fat and assess its capacity to produce heat. It avoids harmful techniques which use radiation and enables detailed studies with larger groups of people. This may provide new insights into the role of brown fat in how we balance energy from the food we eat, with the energy our bodies use up.


'/>"/>

Contact: Lindsay Brooke
lindsay.brooke@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-951-5751
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. From a Failed Vaccine, New Insights Into Fighting HIV
2. Doctors Detail High Costs of Fighting Malpractice Claims
3. Soybeans soaked in warm water naturally release key cancer-fighting substance
4. Living longer - variability in infection-fighting genes can be a boon for male survival
5. 2-1-1 could be effective tool in fighting cancer disparities
6. Moffitt researcher, colleagues find success with new immune approach to fighting some cancers
7. Parents Fighting May Have Long-Lasting Effect on Kids
8. Why current strategies for fighting obesity are not working
9. Ordinary chickens may be extraordinary in fighting cancer, says Texas A&M researcher
10. Disrupted Sleep May Raise Risk for Obesity, Diabetes: Study
11. Obesitys Health Costs Double Earlier Estimates
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... 31, 2016 , ... Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance ... the leading provider of secure mobile remote access solution for Japan enterprises. ... remote access solution. Splashtop for CACHATTO will be available as an integrated ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... ... Twenty years ago it was revolutionary: enabling the people who hear distressing voices ... But this approach has proven transformative, both for people who hear voices and for ... is used around the world, but it still lags in the United States. , ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... When ... he knew it was something that contractors should have at their disposal on ... gets,” says Butch, CertainTeed’s Director of Contractor Programs. , As a result, ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... Severna Park, Maryland (PRWEB) , ... May 31, ... ... the ability to attribute calls back to particular advertising campaigns, to monitor the ... teams so that they can maximize conversions and revenue. The software allows customers ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... Effective leaders not only drive service to ... a whole. On June 2, Northbound CEO Mike Neatherton and COO Paul Alexander will ... the opening plenary on “Leadership: The Journey to Authenticity” with Onsite Workshops CEO Miles ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... , May 27, 2016 ... innovative biopharmaceutical company focused on late-stage drug development, ... Dexcel Pharma of pivotal batches required for ... Drug Administration (FDA). This follows Kitov,s announcement ... III trial successfully met its primary efficacy endpoint. ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... -- A key trend that will boost ... new treatments. Cardax, a development stage life sciences company, ... is expected to fulfil large unmet medical needs in ... to develop new treatments for osteoarthritis. One such study ... osteoarthritis are being investigated, and early trials of stem-cell ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... PARIS , May 25,2016 ... with the near-infrared Cellvizio platform for urological and ... MKEA, OTCQX: MKEAY) inventor of Cellvizio®, the multidisciplinary ... important regulatory milestone in the US with the ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This new FDA ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: