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

Research Headlines - Beating immune reactions for healthier heart valve implants

Health and life sciences - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 02:00
Existing data suggest that immune reactions reduce the lifespan of animal-derived heart valves implanted in cardiac patients. An EU-funded project discovered how to overcome this limitation, to produce valves with improved biocompatibility and novel immunological strategies that will benefit younger patients in particular.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Rebuilding young lives with cell-free heart valves

Health and life sciences - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 02:00
Various options exist for the replacement of failing heart valves. However, none of the conventional ones are particularly well suited to persons in their teens or twenties, say EU-funded researchers who have developed an innovative solution to boost such patients' chances of leading normal lives.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Smarter strategies to treat atrial fibrillation

Health and life sciences - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 02:00
An innovative smartphone app developed in an EU-funded project is helping doctors provide thousands of heart patients across Europe with better, more personalised treatment for atrial fibrillation - a major cause of stroke, dementia, heart failure and premature death.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Making the most of mathematical modelling

Health and life sciences - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:00
Powerful mathematical modelling and simulation systems are being made accessible to all by an EU-funded project that is driving innovation aimed at addressing societal and environmental challenges.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Making sense of commitment

Health and life sciences - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 02:00
An EU-funded project is exploring what keeps people committed to a task even when they get bored, distracted or are tempted to stop. The findings could foster productivity-boosting strategies, improve robot-human interactions and even help treat borderline personality disorder.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - An integrated response to food-borne disease

Health and life sciences - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 02:00
Human welfare is closely linked to the health of animals and the environment. An EU-funded joint research programme has been created to align developments in medicine, veterinary science and consumer health protection to tackle food-borne health threats in a more integrated way across Europe.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Protecting the rights of intersex people

Health and life sciences - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 02:00
An EU-funded project has made recommendations to protect the rights of intersex people and prevent unnecessary, non-consensual medical interventions. This could strengthen European efforts to support sexual minorities.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Early warning for widespread and deadly diseases

Health and life sciences - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 02:00
EU-funded researchers are applying innovative techniques to detect early-warning signs of some of the most widespread and deadly diseases in Europe, enabling underlying health conditions to be treated sooner and more effectively, and ultimately saving lives.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Controlling light at the nanoscale thanks to graphene

Health and life sciences - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 02:00
Graphene, an atomically thin lattice of carbon, has many exceptional properties. An EU-funded project is developing ways to use this unique nanomaterial efficiently in novel optical technologies with potential applications in medical imaging, biosensing, signal processing and computing.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Mathematical modellers focus on mouse lens

Health and life sciences - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 02:00
EU-funded researchers have created the first-ever full simulation of the growth of the lens within the eye of a mouse. It has given insights into how the lens develops and the formation of cataracts.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Boosting the fight against drug-resistant bacteria in hospitals

Health and life sciences - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 02:00
An EU- and industry-funded project has built an extensive public-private network to speed up the development of treatments to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause infections in intensive care units, helping address a major issue for hospitals.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Faster, cheaper chemical reactions in miniature

Health and life sciences - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 02:00
Microfluidic bioreactors allow chemical reactions to take place on a very small scale, saving time, money and materials. An EU-funded project has developed microfluidic bioreactor technologies that could lead to a wide range of applications, including innovative medicines.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - EU-Africa... Time to unwrap compatible biobanking!

Health and life sciences - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 02:00
As more and more people travel and global warming paves the way for diseases to spread, human health and welfare are no longer the preserve of single countries, regions or even continents. European researchers teamed up with African partners to bridge the gap in biomedical research and biobanking practices between the regions. Its biobank-in-a-box is now ready to be unwrapped.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Neurodiversity - understanding the legal and social impacts

Health and life sciences - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 02:00
Are neurological conditions like Asperger's syndrome and autism the new frontier of inequality and discrimination? The EU-funded NEDBELS project is investigating the legal and social challenges society faces if it is to be more inclusive of those with such neurological disorders - a concept known as 'neurodiversity'.
Categories: European Commission

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