Health
Prof. Lynn Margulis: "I want to stay as close as possible to nature looking at the lives of cells in very different environments"
Prof. Lynn Margulis: "I want to stay as close as possible to nature looking at the lives of cells in very different environments" Nevertheless Margulis is best known for her theory of symbiogenesis, which challenges a central tenet of neodarwinism.
Dr. Philippe Bergonzo “Deteriorated photoreceptors can be activated through nanodiamond retinal prostheses”
Dr. Philippe Bergonzo “Deteriorated photoreceptors can be activated through nanodiamond retinal prostheses” The European Dreams Project team is currently developing a new generation of retinal prostheses that haven’t been tested on humans yet.
Struggling against the malaria parasite
Struggling against the malaria parasite This is a breakthrough in the struggle against the increasingly resistant malaria parasite and the search for improved drugs and effective vaccines.
Nanoparticles in our cities: any risks for our health?
Nanoparticles in our cities: any risks for our health? Dr. Anne Beeldens and colleagues at the Belgian Road Research Centre have tested air purification efficiency by TiO2 NP-containing pavement blocks on parking lanes in Antwerp.
What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure?
What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure? Spinal cord repair focuses on finding ways to make axons regrow and connect properly, replace damaged neurons, protect surviving neurons from further injury and retrain neural circuits to repair body functions.
Early detection of lung cancer through breath tests
Early detection of lung cancer through breath tests Early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. In many cases, the sooner cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better a person's chance for a full recovery.
Uncertainties surrounding nanoparticles aimed for medical use
Uncertainties surrounding nanoparticles aimed for medical use Researchers are trying to find out more about the relationship between different NPs’ shapes, sizes and surface chemistries and how they behave in the human body.
Prof. Markus Affolter: "Breakthroughs in zebra fish research can be vitally important for humans"
Prof. Markus Affolter: "Breakthroughs in zebra fish research can be vitally important for humans" Professor Markus Affolter is in charge of a zebra fish embryo study researching angiogenesis, which means the recruitment of new blood vessels as a normal process in growth and development, but also as an essential component of tumours’ metastatic pathway.
Novel strategies in the fight against resistant bacteria
Novel strategies in the fight against resistant bacteria You and your family have probably heard that for years now. All over the world we are seeing a rise of bacteria that has developed ways to resist the harm drugs should cause them.
Prof. Thomas Klockgether: "Ataxia-sufferers are placing their hopes in research"
Prof. Thomas Klockgether: "Ataxia-sufferers are placing their hopes in research" With a prevalence of about 1 in 10.000, Ataxia is considered a rare hereditary disease that attacks the central nervous system. As a result, it is not at the top of the list in terms of research topics for pharmaceutical companies.
The Magic Touch
The Magic Touch The “ nano wrap ” that is being developed to be fitted around an amputee’s upper arm nerve bundle is the ambitious other part of the Smarthand’s robotic hand project.
Cystic Fibrosis: A European Cause
Cystic Fibrosis: A European Cause It strikes mainly children and young adults by causing abnormal fluid transport mainly in their lungs, pancreas and intestine. At its most advanced stage, cystic fibrosis still leaves no alternative other than lung transplant.
No More Toxic Drugs After Organ Transplant
No More Toxic Drugs After Organ Transplant Improving the long-term health prospects of transplant patients has proved an elusive target so far.
A New Light on Progeria
A New Light on Progeria Whenever lamin mutations occur, the regulation of progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation in highly regenerative tissues, such as skin and muscles, spins out of control.
Hormones on Diet
Hormones on Diet It is a damning neologism of our age, a new word combining the threat of two major health problems of epidemic-like proportions. In Europe alone, around 33 million adults are expected to be suffering from type-2 diabetes by 2010.
The Fish that Protects Your Life
The Fish that Protects Your Life More than half of all deaths in Europe are caused by cardiovascular disease, and 80% of all these are due to atherosclerosis.
Vaccine Against Diabetes?
Vaccine Against Diabetes? In Europe alone, autoimmune diseases that may target any body organ affect about 7% of the population.
Stem Cells: A Genetic Perspective
Stem Cells: A Genetic Perspective Embryonic or neural stem cells are key tools for future studies on Parkinson’s disease or other degenerative diseases. So far, the only way to obtain embryonic stem cells implied the destruction of an embryo.
A rescue for spinal cord injuries?
A rescue for spinal cord injuries? Spinal cord injuries cause myelopathy or damage to white matter or myelinated fiber tracts that carry signals to and from the brain. It also damages gray matter in the central part of the spine, causing segmental losses of interneurons and motorneurons.
Tackling Paraplegia
Tackling Paraplegia Reconstructing the neuronal circuitry of a damaged spine looks like a much closer goal now.
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