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Teledyne FLIR Defense has developed a multi-role laser designator called the StormCaster-DX. The military targeting system can be attached to a quadcopter small and light enough to be carried in a soldier's rucksack.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: Laser, drones
The interplay between obesity and its many complications, such as type 2 diabetes, is complex and can involve factors such as inflammation and insulin resistance. Better understanding these relationships can reveal new ways to prevent adverse health effects faced by overweight subjects, and a new study has identified a new target that is likened to an "energy crisis" in fat cells.Continue Reading
A new understanding of the way the body teaches immune cells to fight off threats has raised hopes of advanced treatments for autoimmune conditions, and possibly other diseases such as cancer. The discovery centers on an enzyme that plays a key role in what researchers describe as a "boot camp" for immune cells, which they say can be targeted to both dial up or turn down an immune response depend
Scientists have known for some time that lactic acid can fuel the growth of tumors, but the biological mechanisms behind this relationship have remained unclear. A new study has drilled into the matter and turned up some useful answers around how lactic acid inhibits the body's natural defenses against cancer, which the authors believe could leave to new and improved forms of immunotherapy to tre
One hormone we are seeing implicated more and more in obesity research goes by the name of leptin, and scientists continue to demonstrate how changing the way the body responds to it might lead to improved health. A new study has shown how targeting an enzyme within fat cells can alter sensitivity to leptin and in turn drive rapid weight loss in obese mice, while also improving overall metabolic
The continuing rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as superbugs, is a growing concern, with some experts predicting they could kill millions per year by 2050. These bugs are evolving to evade our very best drugs, but knowing which ones are likely to do so ahead of time could give us a chance to fine-tune our treatments. Scientists have made a significant breakthrough by pinpointing
There are many reasons different cancer treatments don't have the intended consequences and the disease is able to prosper despite our best efforts. One example is a tumor that contains barely any immune cells, which renders immunotherapy cancer treatments largely infective. A new study has shown how these tumors that have gone "cold" can be heated up through a carefully managed dose of radiation
Impressive new preclinical work from a team at MIT has found a combination of three experimental immunotherapy drugs could help shrink, or even eliminate, pancreatic tumors. Each of the three drugs have demonstrated safety in early-stage human trials and the researchers hope to begin a trial testing the novel triple combo by the end of the year.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Canc
Difficult to detect and with a low survival rate, pancreatic cancer is one of the most insidious forms of the disease. But now, researchers have identified an existing drug that could be repurposed to fight pancreatic cancer by targeting a key gene mutation.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Lung cancer, Protein, Drug, New Atlas Audio
Researchers are continuing to unravel the complex relationship between inflammation and obesity, and through a new study involving overweight mice and a repurposed heart disease drug, a group of scientists in Spain has uncovered new evidence of how the two are closely connected. The obese rodents treated with the medication experienced a 40-percent weight loss even while continuing with their unh


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