New drug tackles transplant complicationsNew drug tackles transplant complications

To reduce the number of discards and thus make more kidneys available, researchers and medical scientists from the European consortium MABSOT have created a new drug called OPN-305 to reduce inflammation of the donor organ after transplantation.

September 2014
Twins help progress and diagnosis of rare MyastheniaTwins help progress and diagnosis of rare Myasthenia

Myasthenia Gravis is a rare autoimmune disease which leads to a fatigability of various muscles. Scientists know about the progress and symptoms, but not the actual cause of this disease. Now fourteen pairs of identical twins joined the EU funded medical project “Fight-MG”, to help find the cause and for a better treatment of the patients.

July 2014
Gene correction for a rare diseaseGene correction for a rare disease

Scientists within the European research project AIPgene have developed a new gene therapy for Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP). 

July 2014
Human Bones from the LabHuman Bones from the Lab

Bone defects, like a damaged femoral head, are usually replaced by metal implants. This has many disadvantages, but now scientists in Germany have created bone material from human stem cells that could bring significant improvement to the patient’s welfare.

June 2014
Why Cells Turn CancerousWhy Cells Turn Cancerous

Switching off cancer may sound like science fiction today, but this is what researchers at the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ in Heidelberg are working on. 

June 2014
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
Proteins: The Key for all Diseases?Proteins: The Key for all Diseases?

The human DNA has been decoded already in the Human Genome Project. Now scientists from Martinsried near Munich are taking the next step to decode all proteins of a human being.

May 2014
New laser to watch DNA-proteins interactionsNew laser to watch DNA-proteins interactions

Researchers have found a new way to study how the DNA and proteins interact inside a cell structure. These reactions last only a fraction of a second, and therefore required a new approach to conventional observing methods. Within the European research project ATLAS, scientists in Naples have now created a LASER-based prototype that fixates these cross-links and thus makes the brief interactions inside the cell observable. This innovation could revolutionize medicine and our knowledge of the human genome.

May 2014
On the track of the deadly parasite LeishmaniaOn the track of the deadly parasite Leishmania

Leishmaniasis is one of the most underreported and insufficiently monitored diseases in the world. According to the WHO more than 300.000 people are infected annually with the most severe form of this disease - kala-azar. The treatment against this forgotten disease becomes increasingly difficult, and sometimes impossible as the parasites developed resistance against the existing drugs. Now scientists from Europe, India and Nepal have joined forces within the European Research Project Kaladrug-R to regain control against this disease and develop new effective clinical tools.  

May 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
Unraveling The Human BrainUnraveling The Human Brain

2014 is the Year of The Brain in Europe, a programme to raise awareness to our most important and most fascinating organ. Understanding the human brain, and getting unprecedented insights into its mysterious processes, is the aim of one of Europe´s mammoth research projects: The Human Brain Project.

April 2014
New Eco Repellent Against Malaria MosquitoesNew Eco Repellent Against Malaria Mosquitoes

This year’s World Health Day (April 7th) focuses on vector-borne diseases, like malaria. Malaria still kills more than half a million people every year, mainly children. In the battle against this disease researchers in Switzerland have developed a new eco repellent that stops mosquitoes from attacking humans.

April 2014
How many pills? Ask your genesHow many pills? Ask your genes

Usually pharmaceutical companies determine the drug dosage just as a mean value. This amount may be too much for patients who absorb the substance faster, and too little for those with a slower metabolism. But in the future, your genes could tell you which dosage is right for you…

March 2014
New Scanning Technology Reveals Detailed Brain ActivityNew Scanning Technology Reveals Detailed Brain Activity

Scientists in Finland have presented the first prototype of a new hybrid brain scanner that takes both pictures of the brain and measures its activity at the same time. For neurologists this could be the beginning of a new era in brain research.

March 2014
Advances in Treating Huntington’s DiseaseAdvances in Treating Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s Disease is a rare neurological disorder with no effective treatment, yet. But there is hope, at least for the future, coming from a number of research endeavours in Italy and Great Britain.

February 2014
New Blood Test for SchizophreniaNew Blood Test for Schizophrenia

Currently the diagnosis of most mental illnesses is based on conversations and questionnaires. These could now be supported by a new low-cost blood test developed within the European research project SchizDX.

February 2014
The Portable LabThe Portable Lab

Researchers in Freiburg, Germany have invented a new device that revolutionizes lab analysis – the portable mini-lab performs faster and works more efficiently than a traditional laboratory.

February 2014
New Vaccine to Protect Babies from Whooping CoughNew Vaccine to Protect Babies from Whooping Cough

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection that can be fatal. Now, a new nasal vaccination aimed at infants aims to address an unmet medical need against this disease 

January 2014
Does Too Much Hygiene Cause Diabetes?Does Too Much Hygiene Cause Diabetes?

Scientists in northern Europe are conducting a major survey to determine whether standards of hygiene contribute to the development of auto-immune diseases such as type 1 diabetes  

January 2014
New Hopes for an AIDS VaccineNew Hopes for an AIDS Vaccine

December 1st is the annual World AIDS Day, a perfect opportunity to look at how medical research is progressing to fight the disease. 

November 2013
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