Research Headlines - Novel material for managing liver disease

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers have developed a carbon with tiny pores that could prevent infection of livers by intestinal bacteria - a common complication in chronic liver disease. The material could improve patients' quality of life and chances of survival, while reducing the use of antibiotics in managing the disease.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Novel contrast agents to enhance medical imaging

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers are working on novel, more effective contrast agents - the substances that make the contrast between, for example, muscle and bone, in MRI scans. This new level of detail will improve diagnostics and help ensure people receive the right treatment.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Study offers promise for treating neuro-psychiatric disorder

Health and life sciences - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:00
EU-funded scientists have conducted groundbreaking research into brain cells that control memory formation and recollection, offering the promise of novel treatments for a potentially fatal disease that has a particularly devastating impact on the lives of children and young adults.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - New microscope technologies light up vital medical research

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:00
New photonic microscopes, systems and techniques developed within the EU-backed PHOQUS project are shining a light on vital medical research bringing life sciences and physics closer together. Findings will have direct applications in medicine, especially for better disease diagnosis.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - An efficient test for harmful chemicals in consumer products

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:00
Brominated organic chemicals, man-made chemical compounds added to many consumer products to make them less flammable, have raised numerous health and environmental concerns in recent years. An EU-funded project is evaluating a commercially ready tool to test for the presence of these harmful substances and prevent them from affecting ecosystems and human health.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Virtual models tackle EU healthcare challenges

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:00
Healthcare costs across Europe are increasing, with an ageing population and the burden of treating chronic diseases consuming valuable resources. EU-funded researchers have used Model-Based Therapeutics (MBT) - a process whereby computer models of the human body, patient data and automation are combined - to create new treatments for common medical problems that improve patient well-being and save money.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Saving lives with a new liver dialysis device

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 01:00
New technology could soon revolutionise the treatment of liver failure: an innovative dialysis device is currently being trialled. It aims to greatly improve the outlook for patients, helping them to recover or supporting them while they wait for a transplant, say the EU-funded researchers taking this innovation forward.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - More inclusive physical education to better tackle obesity

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 01:00
Obesity is on the rise in Europe and with that worrying signs of poor health, stigmatisation and social exclusion, especially among the young. International research is now under way to help schools tackle this scourge through physical education classes that better communicate the benefits of being active to all students, regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and social class.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Europe's new neural engineers

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 01:00
With EU support, academic and industrial partners across Europe came together to train early-career researchers in the emerging field of neural engineering. The skills learned promise to advance fields as diverse as cognitive computing and prosthetic limb control.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - From chickenpox to shingles: new insights

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 01:00
The virus that causes chickenpox can also lead to more serious and painful conditions in older people. An EU-funded researcher is discovering how the virus interacts with the immune system and, possibly, how it might be controlled.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Targeted treatment for colorectal cancer

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers have developed an efficient colorectal cancer treatment that can prevent relapses in patients post-surgery. It involves applying drugs that kill cancer cells directly to the tumour site, eliminating the need for unpleasant, ongoing injections that can cause side effects.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - MEET the next generation of mitochondrial researchers

Health and life sciences - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:00
An EU-funded project has trained a new generation of researchers in mitochondrial disease - a range of rare disorders emerging as a new field of medical interest. The research, which included the discovery of novel genes associated with the disease, is feeding into the search for better diagnosis and treatment for the disorder.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - A personalised approach to chronic knee problems

Health and life sciences - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:00
Knee osteoarthritis is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder that affects over eight million people in the EU. The EU-funded KNEEMO project is developing a unique personalised approach to treatment and training a new generation of biomechanical specialists.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Advancing the treatment of melanoma

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 01:00
There is still a lot to learn about the genetic changes that occur as melanoma tumours form - and about the body's response to this illness. Greater understanding could help to predict how individual tumours are likely to respond to various combinations of therapies. An EU-funded network is training young researchers who are exploring this issue.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Breaking down barriers to develop new anticancer drugs

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 01:00
Infectious diseases and cancer are the focus of the EU-funded project INPACT, which combines the expertise of both academic and industrial partners in protein engineering to develop new drug leads.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Developing a blood test to diagnose curable hypertension

Health and life sciences - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:00
Many people suffering from curable secondary hypertension - high blood pressure that is the result of a condition - are incorrectly diagnosed, so they don't receive the treatment they need. An EU-funded project's research aims to lead to a blood test that aids diagnosis and improves treatment.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Advancing women's health through scientific mobility

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 01:00
A Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship grant has enabled an ambitious young French researcher to make important advances in identifying a possible genetic association between endometriosis (when tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside) and a higher risk of developing melanoma, a skin cancer.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Using health records to help clinical research

Health and life sciences - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 01:00
New treatments must be tested in clinical trials to ensure they are safe and effective. The EU and industry-funded EHR4CR project has enabled scientists to find suitable patients by searching millions of medical records while keeping personal data secure.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Pioneering techniques could lead to new diabetes treatments

Health and life sciences - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 02:00
EU-funded researchers have pioneered new techniques to treat type 1 diabetes, which on their own have significant market potential. Taken together, these breakthroughs could lead to effective cell-based treatments of a condition that affects millions of people.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - EU funds promising breast cancer risk research

Health and life sciences - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 02:00
October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the plight of patients and efforts to fight this potentially deadly disease that claims around 570 000 lives a year around the world. The EU is doing its part by funding a range of promising research projects, including two that are developing tools to better determine a woman’s breast cancer risk in order to optimise screening and prevention - and ultimately save lives.
Categories: European Commission

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