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EU-industry funded researchers have worked to identify and characterise signs of cancer, particularly colon cancers, and patients' responses to different types of treatment. The aim is to help doctors choose the best possible treatment for an individual patient's condition, potentially improving and saving lives.
Published: 21 September 2017
A novel approach to analysing DNA for signs of mutation and disease is leading to highly accurate tests for early-stage cancer, antibiotic resistance and genetic disorders, potentially revolutionising diagnostic medicine and saving lives.
Published: 17 August 2017
We've all seen pictures and videos taken on smartphones in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster or terrorist attack - they are on social media within minutes. The EU-funded ATHENA project has developed an innovative way for emergency services to exploit this, using social media and dedicated applications for two-way communication with the public.
Published: 14 July 2017
New building concepts that take into account catastrophic events such as earthquakes have the potential to save thousands of lives. EU-funded researchers have pioneered new methods and materials for constructing earthquake-fire resistant buildings that are lightweight, energy efficient and cost-effective. The project's results are currently being commercialised.
Published: 10 July 2017
An innovative start-up is finalising the development of open-ocean fish farming technology that could reshape the global aquaculture industry, enabling farmers to raise larger quantities of fish in healthier, more natural conditions while minimising environmental impacts.
Published: 29 June 2017
The rise in the number of people living in cities - predicted to reach 80 % by 2020 - coupled with climate change is straining Europe's water supplies. An EU-funded project has demonstrated innovative technologies and approaches to tackle water scarcity.
Published: 16 June 2017
An EU-funded project is forging partnerships and networks on water-treatment technologies across the Mediterranean in a bid to protect the region from - and prepare it for - the very real threat of water scarcity.
Published: 4 May 2017
The weakened immune system in people with HIV/AIDS makes them particularly vulnerable to fungal infections such as cryptococcal meningitis, which can be deadly. The medicine used to treat the condition is flucytosine, and EU-funded researchers have developed a new and more efficient way of producing it. This will cut production costs, making it more affordable for people in low-income countries.
Published: 26 April 2017
Malaria is one of the world's deadliest diseases, but cutting-edge research into the genetics of malaria-carrying mosquitoes could lead to new methods to prevent transmission that could save hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.
Published: 25 April 2017
The damage done by chronic kidney disease is irreversible: once the illness has taken hold, the organ can't be healed. Patients' prospects and quality of life would be much improved if the condition could be spotted sooner. An EU-funded project has developed a biomarker test to pick up very early signs of diabetic kidney disease, and identified possible improvements in the approach to therapy.
Published: 13 April 2017