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Back Pain: New Tools for PreventionBack Pain: New Tools for Prevention

Back pain is one of the most widespread chronic medical conditions in Europe and until recently disc degeneration was assumed to be the main cause of it. However, scientists have now shown that there is no direct causality between disc alteration and pain. 

June 2014
Physical work, not the main cause of intervertebral disc degenerationPhysical work, not the main cause of intervertebral disc degeneration

Intervertebral disc degeneration can result in back pain. Now a team of scientists is debunking the myth that excessive physical work is the main culprit, and is looking at other causes. 

June 2014
Jill Urban – Genetic factors play a role in lower back painJill Urban – Genetic factors play a role in lower back pain

Lower back pain is poorly understood. But genetic factors rather than spinal disc degeneration may provide a more robust understanding of its causes.

June 2014
New therapy against rare gene defectsNew therapy against rare gene defects

On 15th April is the 1st International Pompe Disease Day, a campaign to raise awareness of this rare but severe gene defect. Pompe Disease is only one of more than 40 metabolic disorders that mainly affect children under the age of 10, often with devastating consequences. Now scientists of the European research project EUCLYD setting up new therapeutic methods to tackle these gene defects.

April 2014
Two approaches to treat Lysosomal Storage DiseasesTwo approaches to treat Lysosomal Storage Diseases

Enzyme therapy proves effective in treating LSDs, whilst gene therapy is an upcoming contender.

April 2014
Wooden BonesWooden Bones

Scientists are looking for new ways to transform complex and organized structures already existing in nature to rebuild bones out of wood

August 2011
From wood to boneFrom wood to bone

Regenerating bones with materials of natural origin that can bear a lot of weight might not be science-fiction anymore. Scientists are looking for new ways to transform complex and organized structures that already exist in nature into a device to improve bone and ligament substitution

August 2011
Regenerating the Ear and the EyeRegenerating the Ear and the Eye

Repairing a defective ear or even an eye is no longer science fiction. Nano-technology can help to make medical history.

June 2011
Nanosized diamonds enable progress in retinal prosthesesNanosized diamonds enable progress in retinal prostheses

Research groups in several countries are making progress in retinal prosthesis development. If they achieve their aims, patients who have gone blind, due to loss of their photoreceptors, could recover a better simplified form of vision than with available prostheses. One of the groups shows that diamonds could lead the way

June 2011
Nanoparticle therapeutics helping hearing disordersNanoparticle therapeutics helping hearing disorders

For millions of people hearing disorders make a negative impact on their lives. Scientists are looking into new ways of treating hearing disorders, by using different sorts of nanoparticles as original inner ear delivery devices. Their hope is that nanoparticles will be able to deliver drugs that can improve or restore hearing

June 2011
Prof. James Geddes on novel bioengineering in spinal cord injury research: ”One person said it allowed him to stand and kiss his wife for the first time in years”Prof. James Geddes on novel bioengineering in spinal cord injury research: ”One person said it allowed him to stand and kiss his wife for the first time in years”

Professor James Geddes is Associate Director at the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the University of Kentucky. He talked about forefront spinal cord injury research and novel bioengineering changing patients’ lives

November 2010
What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure?What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure?

Millions of people worldwide experience spinal cord injuries. Breakthroughs bring researchers progress, but a complete cure is a long way off

November 2010
The Magic TouchThe Magic Touch

A new prosthetic hand developed at the University of Lund, Sweden, gives hope to amputees to regain hand mobility and touch feeling

May 2010
A rescue for spinal cord injuries?A rescue for spinal cord injuries?

New stem cells techniques open exciting perspectives in the treatment of severe spinal cord injuries, and give hopes to cure paraplegia in humans

July 2009
Tackling ParaplegiaTackling Paraplegia

Reconstructing the neuronal circuitry of a damaged spine looks like a much closer goal now. European scientists for the first time demonstrated the presence of neural precursor cells in the adult human spinal cord

June 2009
Click where You LookClick where You Look

Sarah lives in Cornwall with her parents. She is 20 years old and has been quadriplegic since she was 18 months old. Despite being paralysed from the neck down, Sarah is independent and uses a mouth pointer to type on her PC

November 2007
Telephone Lip ServiceTelephone Lip Service

Andreas Dahl has been hard of hearing since early childhood. He is not deaf, but he needs to look at the person he is talking to, to be able to lip-read and understand the conversation

September 2007
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