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A weakened immune system makes HIV-positive women particularly vulnerable to persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, which can lead to cervical cancer. With patchy screening, cervical cancer rates in Africa are especially high. Simple HPV screening could help save lives, an EU-funded project found.
Published: 4 October 2016
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Early detection can prevent heart failure and other complications, but screening is currently time consuming. EU-funded researchers are looking to change this with a cost-effective tool capable of detecting a patients risk of heart failure from their saliva.
Published: 3 October 2016
Pioneering new microscopic techniques capable of achieving accurate 3D protein models could one day lead to new cancer therapies and treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer's. Developed by EU-funded researchers, the techniques have also been used to study how to improve antimalarial drugs.
Published: 22 September 2016
Dendritic cells are a type of white blood cell. By studying them, an EU-funded project aims to provide wider insights into the role of the immune system in the development of cancer. The insights provided by the project could eventually help researchers develop new ways to fight a range of cancers - helping to save lives.
Published: 16 September 2016
With her ERC grant, the 5000th awarded to a leading scientist in Europe, Dr Iva Tolić wants to push forward the frontiers of knowledge on the mechanical principles of cell division. To reach her goal, after spending several years in the USA, Denmark, Italy and Germany, she has moved back to Croatia where she is setting her new research team. The results of her ERC-funded project could lead to new insight in cell and molecular biology, potentially opening novel ways to treat cancer.
Published: 12 September 2016
A robot with the ability to perform sensitive and fine manipulation has been developed by EU-funded project SOFTHANDS. The project aimed to create a robot with the same dexterity as the human hand, something which will help the development of high-performance prosthetic-limbs.
Published: 5 September 2016
Robots the size of bacteria represent the future of medical surgery, ERC research team BOTMED have developed microrobots, currently being tested on animals, that will be able to enter the body through natural pathways and perform key medical procedures with minimal impact.
Published: 2 September 2016
Remote diagnosis systems such as the one developed by the DRIVEN project can enhance responsiveness in emergency and disaster incidents, providing a significant time-advantage within that critical hour following an incident.
Published: 25 August 2016
After an organ transplant, a patient must take powerful drugs to suppress rejection of the new body part. The EU-funded THE ONE STUDY project is testing whether some of the body's own immune cells can improve organ acceptance. Initial clinical trials are underway.
Published: 22 August 2016
Antibiotics are amongst the most crucial discoveries in modern medicine. However, the surge in microbial resistance to these, now common, drugs is a challenge that medical researchers work hard to tackle. Prof. Susanne Häußler from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research believes early diagnostic tools could shift the paradigm of how we battle this problem.
Published: 18 August 2016