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  A boost for health research and collaboration in Africa
Healthcare in Africa faces many challenges; HIV and reproductive health are just two examples. The EU-funded AFRICA BUILD project set up an education, training and knowledge-sharing portal for African health researchers that helped build local capacities, facilitate learning and enhance collaboration between Africa and Europe.

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  Top energy-efficient products recognised as 'best in Europe'
The TOPTEN ACT project will help consumers make environmentally conscious purchases by selecting and presenting Europe's most energy efficient products across a number of categories. Goods will be analysed from the 16 national Topten websites, which showcase the best performing models in each country.

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  Faster, cheaper, energy-efficient manufacturing of metal parts
The aerospace, medical technologies and automotive sectors have very high manufacturing costs because of the complexity of the parts involved, the low volumes produced and the price of raw materials. EU-funded researchers are building a solution that almost sounds too good to be true: a fast, energy-efficient combined subtractive and additive manufacturing machine that produces metal parts for lower cost than its traditional counterparts.

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  A 'magic bullet' targeting the DNA of cancer cells
EU-funded researchers are advancing a novel form of cancer therapy described as a 'magic bullet' against certain types of tumours. Their work promises to lead to more personalised and effective treatments for breast, ovarian and other forms of cancer over the coming years.

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  Researchers identify protein as a possible cure for dwarfism
People born with dwarfism (achondroplasia) can also have problems with the spine, breathing and hearing. An EU-funded project developed a protein that can potentially restore growth in those affected by the genetic mutation that leads to dwarfism.

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  Reducing wriggle room for parasitic flatworms
About 300 million people in 75 tropical and sub-tropical countries are infected with Schistosoma flatworms, which cause a debilitating disease. An EU-funded project looked into a new way of fighting the parasites: tackling specific enzymes in the worms to modify gene expression and stop their development in its tracks.

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  Video games or exercise for stroke rehab?
Would you rather squeeze a ball to exercise your weaker hand or play video games? An EU-funded project tested the concept on a group of patients in Israel recovering after a stroke. The idea was unanimously popular and also saw patients working harder - without realising it - than during traditional rehabilitation exercises.

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  Inflammation needs closure
Inflammation is not your enemy. It's a mechanism the body uses to keep us healthy, e.g. to fight invading pathogens. But sometimes, the immune system doesn't know when to stop, say EU-funded researchers. They are learning how to get the message across, in a bid to help tackle diseases caused when our tiny defenders go rogue.

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  Fast-track to project skills for African researchers
Africa is particularly vulnerable to disease outbreaks, and the continent has large gaps in preventative healthcare. So it makes sense to build regional capacity to find solutions to these health problems. An EU-funded project trained new graduates in Africa to develop health research programmes and share scientific knowledge.

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  Enhancing genetic testing standards across Europe
If doctors use genetic testing to assess the likelihood of patients developing a certain disease, they need to be sure that the results are accurate. In pre-natal testing, there is only one chance to get it right. An EU-funded project has vastly improved the entire testing process, ensuring patients have all the facts.

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  Helping Africa manage its agriculture and woodlands
To ensure food and energy security for today's growing populations, governments increasingly turn to earth observation. Remotely-sensed data can provide valuable information on crops, livestock, woodlands and fires. Innovative, EU-funded research partnerships helped reinforce African capacities in this area.

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  A better view of the early universe
When we look at galaxies far, far away, we don't see them as they are today. We see them as they were a long time ago, because their light takes a while to reach us. These images could easily fade on their epic journey, but "natural telescopes" in their path enable astronomers to study some of these postcards from the distant past.

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  Strengthening research to combat liver disease in Egypt and Europe
Liver disease is one of the leading causes of death in Egypt - second only to cardiac disease - and accounts for almost 10% of overall mortality in the country. To make headway in this area of research, two Egyptian and two EU-based partners joined forces in an EU-funded project that also highlighted the importance of the business side of science.

  Written in blood: advance notice of pollution-induced disease
How many contaminants have you been exposed to during your lifetime? None of us would be able to answer this question, but it would be very useful to know. EU-funded researchers are upgrading the techniques available for measuring environmental exposure, and searching blood samples for biomarkers that provide early warning of consequences for our health.

  Decrypting the genetic signature of osteoporosis
Who's at risk of osteoporosis? The older you grow, the more likely you are to have it, particularly if you are a woman. Whether you actually develop this debilitating condition depends on a combination of genes and lifestyle factors. EU-funded researchers have identified a number of genetic variants that play a role.

  Researchers sound alarm on acidification of seas
Scientists have long suspected that the acidification of our seas may harm their flora and fauna. But the likely impact in the Mediterranean was a mystery - until now. The knowledge on acidification gained by EU-funded researchers is of great concern - the team is now calling for urgent action to protect the Mediterranean Sea's precious biodiversity and its many other benefits.

  eHealth application to improve care for cancer patients
Chemotherapy can have a considerable impact on patients' quality of life, causing nausea or hair loss as well as depression and anxiety. More personalised care could help many patients and even improve outcomes. The EU-funded project eSMART is putting a mobile phone-based remote patient monitoring system to the test.

  Sustainable consumption? Here's what we know.
Building a sustainable future is a key challenge facing governments today. Information on possible approaches is needed, and a wealth of relevant research does exist - but it is not necessarily easy to find and use. An EU-funded project has compiled extensive knowledge online and promoted dialogue between scientists and policy-makers.

  Setting the injection moulding world abuzz
Injection moulding is the most common method for manufacturing plastic parts, from bottle caps and pocket combs to mechanical components and medical devices. But it has its limitations. An EU-funded team has created the first commercial moulding machine that uses ultrasound to overcome those confines. The technology has already been sold to European and US companies.

  New defences against kidney disease in diabetes
Why do so many diabetes patients develop kidney disease, and how can we improve prevention? EU-funded research has examined insulin-related processes at play in impaired renal function - and it may have found a way to protect key cells that help to filter our blood.

  How to study the sea
The phenomena that affect the Mediterranean Sea have implications for the entire region, and they tie in with developments shaping marine environments around the world. But they are not yet fully understood. Tunisia's main research institute for oceanography has taken steps to boost its potential contribution to international collaborations generating new knowledge.

  Understanding what leads to lung disease
Scientists don't know all of the reasons why some people are more susceptible to lung disease than others - something that the EU-funded ALEC project is seeking to find out. The results could be an important step towards better prevention and treatments for patients.

  Sunny days ahead for seasonal-to-decadal climate forecasting
If your livelihood depends on the weather, you will need to plan ahead for the effects of global warming. But knowing that the climate will be different by 2100 doesn't tell you much about conditions in the next few months or years. Luckily, climate predictions for the near future are becoming increasingly accurate and reliable, with help from EU-funded research.

  Anticipating the future of predictive maintenance
A faulty component or a worn-out machine can bring an entire manufacturing process to a crashing halt. And long before it actually breaks down, it can cause costly delays or defects. An innovative system developed by EU-funded researchers can help businesses to monitor crucial equipment and keep it in peak condition.

  On to second-generation bioethanol
Europe is the world's third-largest producer of bioethanol - an important renewable fuel and energy source. Most stems from crops. Aiming to enlarge the feedstock basis for ethanol production, an EU-funded project has taken advanced bioethanol production from plant waste a large step closer to cost-efficient implementation.


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