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Without catalysts, humans wouldn't have got far. They trigger many of the processes on which we rely, from age-old mechanisms deep down in our cells to the production of contemporary consumer goods. They could also smooth our path towards a sustainable future. EU-funded researcher Xile Hu has delivered promising advances.
Published: 21 August 2015
Experts predict that, in the coming years, a higher frequency and intensity of heat waves could lead to an increase of fatalities in the elderly population. To help prevent this, a Marie Curie research fellow, Dr. Andreas D. Flouris, studied and explained the sequence of events leading to heat stroke. His research work was as part of the EU-funded project THERMOMICS.
Published: 17 July 2015
Across Europe, researchers are trying to reduce the impact of neurodegenerative diseases on sufferers and society alike. An EU-funded project has set out a roadmap to better coordinate this work - helping scientists target the right research areas and access the best resources.
Published: 29 June 2015
Parkinson's disease is a common disorder with no cure available yet. An EU-funded project has produced a genetic and chemical map of the neurons affected by the disease, to support new research into diagnosis and treatments.
Published: 9 June 2015
AGROCOS is a pioneering European project which is using modern scientific techniques to explore the ancient and still largely untapped - richness of nature to develop new products for the agrochemical and cosmetics industries.
Published: 27 June 2014
Fading eyesight is a natural consequence of ageing. Presbyopia is a particular ocular condition that can affect everyone after the age of 45, hampering the ability to focus and leading to cataracts (the clouding of the eye lens) later in life.
Published: 3 June 2014
Creaking joints, knotty hands, swollen knees as we grow older, many of us will become acquainted with these symptoms of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. EU funding has helped researchers at the TREAT-OA project add to our knowledge of the disease and opened up new avenues for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Published: 21 May 2014
Can we imagine old age and good health being the norm? Were living longer than any previous generation, but how will we spend our older years? Science can help us to partly control our future health by giving us the tools to be proactive and DO-HEALTH is set to deliver practical health advice that can be easily accessed and applied by older people.
Published: 13 August 2013
Modern medicine has come a long way, but the mere thought of having a heart defect can still rattle us to our very core. The heart is a human bodys engine room. Each time its beat propels blood through our bodies, it is a reassuring affirmation of our existence.
Published: 14 June 2013
Age related hearing loss (ARHL) is far too easily ignored. Its onset is insidious. Its progression gradual. People with declining hearing often mistakenly believe the problem is that their conversation partners mumble or speak too quickly and as hearing ability diminishes further, social exchanges slowly turn from fluid repertoires to too many non sequiturs. Frustrated from no longer being able to understand others well in social settings, people may stop going to the theatre or senior centres, or even just to a restaurant with friends or family. This social isolation, in turn, is associated with depression and cognitive decline. Disturbances of gait and balance have also been linked to ARHL.
Published: 26 April 2013