Health
When your water is contaminated
When your water is contaminated Statistically, drinking water in Europe is the safest in the world. But according to the World Health Organisation every year more than 300.000 Europeans are falling ill due to contaminated tab water. ...
Targeting bacterial cell division to fight antibiotic resistance
Targeting bacterial cell division to fight antibiotic resistance Nowadays, people do not expect to die as a result of a common infection like bacterial pneumonia. However, many do. Indeed, some bacteria have become resistant to all available antibiotics, due to overuse .
Miguel Vicente - blocking bacterial proliferation could overcome antibiotic resistance
Miguel Vicente - blocking bacterial proliferation could overcome antibiotic resistance Fighting the onset of antibiotic resistance has involved making many modifications to antibiotics either via chemical synthesis or by natural procedures. But now a change in strategy is required.
Sophie Hieke - No ‘one size fits all’ for health claims
Sophie Hieke - No ‘one size fits all’ for health claims Health claims and symbols on food products could improve public health. At least, that is according to consumer researchers. But how they can best do that as effectively as possible is still a mystery.
Real-time insight into our brain
Real-time insight into our brain New advances related to new uses of imaging technologies could help scientists uncover the brain’s mysteries.
Risto Ilmoniemi – Picture this: a better image of our brain
Risto Ilmoniemi – Picture this: a better image of our brain Brain researchers have recently associated a technique called magnetoencephalography, or MEG, with magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, technology.
New Scanning Technology Reveals Detailed Brain Activity
New Scanning Technology Reveals Detailed Brain Activity The combination of two brain scanning technologies, which were considered incompatible until recently, could revolutionize brain research and diagnostics.
Maria Leon Roux – a taxation approach to deter smokers
Maria Leon Roux – a taxation approach to deter smokers The International Agency for Research on Cancer ( IARC ) has produced a handbook detailing the scientific evidence on tobacco pricing and tobacco control entitled: Effectiveness of Tax and Price Policies for Tobacco Control .
To save lives, raise tobacco taxes
To save lives, raise tobacco taxes Smoking is the largest single cause of preventable premature death and disease , accounting for some 650,000 premature deaths each year in the European Union, according to official EU statistics.
Malin Parmar - Reversing Pakinson’s by programming stem cells as neurons
Malin Parmar - Reversing Pakinson’s by programming stem cells as neurons Neurons, our brain cells, do not regenerate during our life. This makes neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's and Huntington's, difficult to treat.
Advances in Treating Huntington’s Disease
Advances in Treating Huntington’s Disease Juliet Ross is suffering from Huntington’s Disease, a rare neurological disorder that affects one in 10.000 people. Due to a genetic defect, her body produces a toxic protein that damages neurons in her brain .
Huntington's disease: A treatment in sight?
Huntington's disease: A treatment in sight? A treatment to directly fight Huntington’s disease could finally be in sight . Until now, therapies for this severely debilitating genetic disorder have only focused on alleviating physical and psychiatric symptoms.
Diet’s impact on Alzheimer’s dementia tested
Diet’s impact on Alzheimer’s dementia tested Scientists have long known that high levels of cholesterol around mid-life greatly increase the risk of developing dementia 30 years later.
New Blood Test for Schizophrenia
New Blood Test for Schizophrenia This test evaluates the presence of certain proteins in blood samples of patients. Sabine Bahn from the University of Cambridge says that the new test is able to diagnose schizophrenia with a certainty of 83% and depression with a certainty of about 90% .
Sabine Bahn: biomarkers to diagnose severe psychotic disorders
Sabine Bahn: biomarkers to diagnose severe psychotic disorders Sabine Bahn is a neurobiologist, psychiatrist and director of the Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Schizophrenia enters the molecular diagnostics era
Schizophrenia enters the molecular diagnostics era With a drop of blood and some laboratory analyses, doctors have been able to tell patients whether they suffer from diabetes or some sort of cancer.
Good risk communication, safer food
Good risk communication, safer food Food scare make authorities uneasy. In previous cases, national food safety agencies have not always known how to react , making the public wary. For example, in 2011, the German health authorities incorrectly linked the deadly E.
The Portable Lab
The Portable Lab Konstantin has suffered permanent disabilities due to the lack of a proper analysis of his blood when he was treated in hospital ten years ago. A new device that revolutionizes lab analysis could soon prevent similar tragedies .
Speed is everything when fighting sepsis
Speed is everything when fighting sepsis Sepsis, commonly known as blood poisoning, is a bacterial infection of the blood. It is dangerous for adults. And it is often mortal for young children, if left untreated.
Gregor Czilwik - Rapid detection of sepsis in infants
Gregor Czilwik - Rapid detection of sepsis in infants Sepsis is a possibly mortal bacterial infection. It affects neonates and young infants more severely since their immune system is not fully developed.
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