Medicine, Health

Researchers show that the brain can reprogram itself to control prosthetic substitutes as it does one’s own body parts. The more one-handed people use a prosthesis in everyday life, the more strongly their brain responds to it.
What happens when industry and academia join forces for the good of science? They launch an open access website that helps researchers to discover new medical treatments.
Researchers are making great strides towards early Parkinson’s detection with a new mobile app.
Cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and dementia in the senior population are often the result of lifestyle-related risk factors. This offers opportunities for prevention – a call to which one EU-funded project is responding with an interactive online platform.
Companion robots will improve the lives of dementia sufferers and support their caregivers, thanks to an EU-backed project.
Open-source and collaborative approaches for medical device design will help address patients’ needs and citizens’ views. Information sharing and peer-to-peer evaluations along the development pipeline will make the engineering design process more sustainable, resource efficient and safe.
Scientists across Europe are creating a large database of sudden cardiac arrest cases to improve direct patient care.
New research suggests that closing the gender gap in science could take several generations.
Scientists say they have discovered a new organ that could be the body’s biggest. It may even lead to new ways of treating a wide range of health issues, including cancer.
Paraplegic rats learn to walk again unaided. Scientists discover why.
New research shows that older adults can still grow new brain cells.
Computer simulated models to test infant bone strength could help manufacturers design safer car seats.
Out of the five existing human malaria species, Plasmodium falciparum is known to have the most devastating impact. Better understanding its life cycle could lead to more effective treatments, which is precisely what the SPARk project set out to achieve.
The SUPPORTING LIFE project has developed an app that makes compliance with the Community Case Management (CCM) strategy much easier than it was, whilst also helping local health assistants make better medical decisions. The app has been tested in Malawi, where stakeholders were quick to adopt it.
New research sheds light on the health risks posed by sick passengers at 35 000 feet.
New research shows that the more Europe’s youth visit other Member States, the more civically engaged they will become at home.
With their growing use in recent years, genetic tests have received a lot of attention. A new study explored how they are evaluated.
Scientists have discovered hundreds of genes involved in the development of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
New research shows that a high-fat Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra virgin olive oil could modify the function of specific cell genes. This should help in the fight against several conditions, especially cardiovascular disease.
Scientists show that tiny, nano-engineered capsules relieve pain up to 20 times longer than a standard injection, and with no side effects.
The dramatic diversification of animals could be explained by a revolution within their own biology, rather than the planet’s rising oxygen levels. This is the novel hypothesis of a team of researchers who presented their findings of a recent study based on evidence from proteins found in tumours.
With the prevalence of allergy and asthma on the rise around the world, the race is on to explain this increase and stem the tide. A recent study finds a clue in an unlikely source… intestinal worms.
Empathy encourages prosocial behavior, while an empathy deficit has been linked to psychological disorders. By further examining the mechanisms involved, new research hopes to offer risk analysis and better treatment for antisocial behaviour.
Unhealthy food provokes our immune systems to react similarly to its response to a bacterial infection, apparently making the body’s defences more aggressive over the long term. These are the findings of a recent study, which also reveals an impact on genes.
A new study has shown that vaping, generally seen as a safer alternative to smoking, may still raise the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. The research team tested the effects of e-cigarette smoke on healthy mice and human cells, reaching the conclusion that although it is safer to drag on an e-cig, it’s still a major potential health risk.
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