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Cytokine treated mice lose fat by sweating

Cytokine treated mice lose fat by sweating

Scientists have made an interesting discovery that could lead to treatments for obesity in the future. Researchers discovered that treating mice with a cytokine known as TSLP led to significant abdominal fat loss and weight loss compared to controls in the experiment. The researchers didn't set out to find a potential treatment for fat loss. Rather this was an unintended side effect.

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Rice researchers create an implant for diabetics that produces insulin

Rice researchers create an implant for diabetics that produces insulin

Bioengineers at Rice University have leveraged 3D printing and smart biomaterials to create a new implant for Type 1 diabetics that produces insulin. The breakthrough is the result of a three-year partnership between researchers and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Researchers used insulin-producing beta cells made from human stem cells to create an implant able to sense and regulate blood glucose levels by responding with the correct amount of insulin for a given time.

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New AI tool helps researchers predict the progress of Parkinson’s disease

New AI tool helps researchers predict the progress of Parkinson’s disease

IBM researchers teamed up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to use AI to help predict the progress of Parkinson's disease. Michael J. Fox is an American actor who was in a number of iconic movies and TV series in the 80s. The actor has had Parkinson's disease for many years, and his foundation works to help find a cure for the disease.

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Brain tumors can be detected using new urine or blood tests

Brain tumors can be detected using new urine or blood tests

Medical researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed two new tests able to detect the presence of glioma, which is a type of brain tumor. The tumor can be detected using the newly developed tests in the urine or blood plasma of the patient. Researchers note that detecting glioma using urine is the first test of its kind in the world.

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Strange looking magnetic helmet shrinks glioblastoma in human trials

Strange looking magnetic helmet shrinks glioblastoma in human trials

Researchers from Houston Methodist Neurological Institute have announced that they have been able to shrink a deadly glioblastoma tumor by more than one-third using a helmet that generates a noninvasive oscillating magnetic field. The patient in the human trial wore the helmet on their head while therapy was administered in his home. Sadly, the patient in the trial died from an unrelated injury about a month into treatment.

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Soft wearable skin patch monitors blood flow inside the body

Soft wearable skin patch monitors blood flow inside the body

Engineers from the University of California San Diego have developed a new soft wearable skin patch designed to monitor blood flow inside major arteries and veins deep inside the human body. Engineers believe the patch could be worn to provide early warning of strokes and heart attacks. Knowing how fast and how much blood is flowing through the blood vessels inside a person can help clinicians diagnose cardiovascular conditions, including blood clots, heart valve problems, poor circulation in the limbs, or blockages in arteries resulting in strokes and heart attacks.

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Virus samples in ancient glacier may help predict our future

Virus samples in ancient glacier may help predict our future

In what feels like the first chapter in an apocalyptic science fiction story, scientists reported this week that they'd discovered a set of ancient viruses in glacier ice. Using Guliya ice cap core samples first harvested back in 2015, these researchers have discovered genetic code for 33 viruses. Just 4 of those viruses were previously known by modern humans, the rest are "novel" - previously unknown to the scientific community.

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Panasonic Toughbook G2 hands-on: Rugged computing ready for combat

Panasonic Toughbook G2 hands-on: Rugged computing ready for combat

The Panasonic Toughbook G2 is the latest in a line of professional hardcore computers that put all other concerns behind functionality. If you're looking for a laptop made reliable, powerful, and rugged enough to be used by combat troops - this is that machine. We have a sample unit here, so we're not doing a full-fledged review, but we have gotten a good enough look at and feel for this hardware that we're able to show you the basic ins and outs of a machine that's made to take a beating as much as it's ready to read a barcode.

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Scientists invented a tiny gadget to alleviate bad breath paranoia

Scientists invented a tiny gadget to alleviate bad breath paranoia

Have you ever been worried that you may have bad breath, yet too embarrassed to ask someone to alleviate your concerns? That's where a newly detailed gadget comes in, according to the American Chemical Society, which published a study on the tech. Scientists describe their device as around the size of a thumb and capable of detecting the gas responsible for bad breath.

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Traumatic brain injury computer model maps brain blood vessels

Traumatic brain injury computer model maps brain blood vessels

Scientists from Imperial College London created a new traumatic brain injury (TBI) computer model that has mapped blood vessels in a rat brain at the highest resolution. They believe the new TBI computer model could help improve our understanding of how blood vessels are affected by injuries of this type. The model also helps researchers learn the effects on the protective layer encasing the blood-brain barrier that protects the brain from harmful circulating molecules and pathogens.

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Pfizer recalls some Chantix products across US over possible cancer risk

Pfizer recalls some Chantix products across US over possible cancer risk

Chantix, a prescription drug designed to help adults break their smoking habit, has been recalled by Pfizer, the company behind the product. A dozen lots of the medication have been recalled across the US over the potential presence of a nitrosamine impurity above the company's acceptable daily intake limit.

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COVID-19 researchers utilize mathematical models and computer simulations

COVID-19 researchers utilize mathematical models and computer simulations

Researchers investigating potential treatments for COVID-19 have turned to using mathematical models and computer simulations to open new frontiers in drug trials. Scientists are using computer models to simulate COVID-19 infections on a cellular level, which is the basic structural level of the human body. The new virtual models allow researchers to conduct virtual trials for different drugs and vaccines, allowing for pre-assessment of drug and vaccine efficacy against the virus.

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