Research Headlines - Eyeing up food supplements for healthy vision

Health and life sciences - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 01:00
Key nutrients can improve vision both in ageing and in healthy eyes, according to EU-funded research. Doctors are now prescribing supplements of these nutrients, while the researchers are investigating other possible health benefits.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Assessing the risks of passive vaping and second-hand smoke

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 01:00
While the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, the impact of second-hand smoke and e-cigarette vapour are still being determined. An EU-funded project aims to improve understanding, inform policy and reduce the economic and healthcare burden caused by exposure to these emissions.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Engineering vaccines to protect farm animals from infection

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 01:00
An EU-funded project is using synthetic biology techniques to design broad-spectra vaccines against mycoplasmas and viral infections in farm animals. By designing a growth medium without animal components and developing a platform to engineer new vaccines, the project will give the EU livestock industry a much-needed boost.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Taking a tailored approach to type 2 diabetes

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 01:00
EU and industry-funded researchers have split type 2 diabetes into subgroups and are working on a tool to personalise treatment for the disease. Their aim is to help patients get the best possible care for their specific condition and cut public health costs.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Healthy outlook for artificial pancreas for very young children

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 01:00
Type 1 diabetes develops in childhood, requiring constant - often painful - management from the start. EU-funded researchers are testing an artificial pancreas that could transform the quality of life of youngsters suffering from the disease.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Understanding the correlation between diabetes and tuberculosis

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:00
To answer the question of why diabetic patients are more susceptible to developing tuberculosis, the EU-funded TANDEM project linked leading European laboratories with field sites in TB-endemic countries such as Indonesia.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - New way to monitor diabetes and other metabolic disorders

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers have developed computer models that accurately predict and monitor the progression of metabolic syndrome and its associated diseases. This advance may result in new therapies for diabetes, hyperlipidemia, liver disease and more.
Categories: European Commission

Scientific Advice Mechanism - Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors publish statement on the regulation of gene editing

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:00
The European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) Group of Chief Scientific Advisors has today published a statement providing ‘a scientific perspective on the regulatory status of products derived from gene editing, and the implications for the GMO Directive’.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Practical healthcare applications from Earth-observation data

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 01:00
Novel solutions for monitoring air quality and ultraviolet radiation are set to emerge from an EU-funded project that will harness unprecedentedly detailed data from new Earth-observation satellites.
Categories: European Commission

Success Stories - Game-changing fitness plan for football fans

Health and life sciences - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 01:00
An EU-funded project has developed a game-changing physical activity programme held at professional football clubs that motivates overweight fans to get moving and lead healthier lives. Its goal is to help prevent chronic diseases among middle-aged men and cut public healthcare costs.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Making vaccines immune to heat

Health and life sciences - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 01:00
Most vaccines need to be kept cool during transport and storage, but this can be hard to accomplish. EU-funded researchers keen to tackle this healthcare challenge have developed heat-tolerant and even needle-free formulations of an HIV-1 vaccine candidate. They expect their processes to work for many other vaccines as well.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - 'Organ-on-a-chip' looks for links between stroke and dementia

Health and life sciences - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 01:00
A team of EU-funded researchers from seven countries is working to discover hidden links between Alzheimer's disease and stroke in order to improve the prevention and treatment of these intertwined conditions.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Smarter toxicity testing for novel nanomaterials

Health and life sciences - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers are developing tools to analyse and predict the potential toxicity of nanomaterials, addressing scientific, environmental and public health concerns about exposure to these novel tiny particles found in cosmetics and other products.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - New building blocks to support tissue engineering

Health and life sciences - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 02:00
Tissue engineering is used to grow alternatives to donor tissue, but getting this tissue to integrate in patients has previously proved complicated. An EU-funded project addressed this problem by developing an innovative modular approach to engineering complex tissues with different cell types.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Fast, effective treatment for autoimmune rheumatic diseases

Health and life sciences - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 02:00
Autoimmune rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and scleroderma are debilitating and occasionally life-threatening. An EU and industry-funded project aims to improve treatment by getting the right therapies to the right patients, fast.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Community-based techniques to tackle obesity

Health and life sciences - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 02:00
Obesity - a leading cause of preventable illness and death - has soared in Europe in recent decades. Analysis by EU-funded researchers has helped identify integrated, community-based approaches to tackle the problem. The findings could foster new ways to save lives and cut healthcare costs.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Using smartphones to tackle teenage depression

Health and life sciences - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:00
EU-funded researchers are turning teenagers' ever-ready smartphones into a pioneering tool to prevent anxiety and depression, revolutionising access to effective, scalable and personalised digital mental healthcare.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Caring for the mental health of young carers

Health and life sciences - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:00
Thousands of children across Europe care for a sick or elderly relative, potentially to the detriment of their schooling, social development and mental health. A pioneering EU-funded project will provide much-needed support for this largely unrecognised group of young people.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Vaccines, and their benefits beyond immunisation

Health and life sciences - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 02:00
How do vaccination programmes influence child survival in low-income countries? Protection against the targeted illness is not the only aspect to consider, according to an EU-funded project that explored associated outcomes known as 'non-specific effects'. The research focused on public health interventions in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Guinea-Bissau.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Funding for young scientists advances medical research

Health and life sciences - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 02:00
International mobility fosters scientific exchange, a key element in advances in all areas of the life sciences. An EU-funded project supports this by awarding bursaries to postdoctoral scientists for research and training abroad - boosting Europe's capacity to make groundbreaking advances in medical research.
Categories: European Commission

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