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Although fossil oils are dwindling, they are still our main energy source and continue to dominate the global chemical industry. However, the European Union (EU)-funded research project ICON helped breed crops to produce high-value plant oils that are expected to break the chemical sector's dependence on petroleum.
Published: 1 July 2014
It can take a long time for schizophrenia sufferers to receive the treatment they need partly because diagnosis is not necessarily straightforward. Many of the symptoms could just as easily be caused by other disorders. A revolutionary blood test developed by EU-funded researchers helps doctors to make the right call.
Published: 16 May 2014
In a part of southern Kenya where malnutrition is rife, Stanley is an active three year old boy. Along with hundreds of other Kenyan youngsters, he is part of a research project aimed at fighting child malnutrition in Africa. The findings so far have surprised researchers.
Published: 6 May 2014
A new generation of car tyres is being made with a list of intriguing ingredients. Peter Snel, group head of R&D at Dutch tyre specialist Apollo Tyres, detailed some of the differences: "We have a tyre here where we have some Guayule rubber in the tyre, instead of the normal natural rubber that we use as standard in our tyres. Here we have a tyre where we have dandelion latex in the tyre instead of the normal natural rubber."
Published: 1 April 2014
Many drugs prescribed for children have not been appropriately tested for use on this age group. Such drugs frequently lack adequate information about the correct dosage and how best to administer them.
Published: 22 January 2014
Most of us interact with computers of one sort or another on a daily basis but this 'interaction' is generally task-oriented and rather one-sided. Making computer interfaces more 'human' has been a long-standing ambition for researchers. A team of European researchers has developed exciting prototypes that go some way to doing just that.
Published: 19 September 2013
How is it possible to rewind life and take cells back to their embryonic state? Enter the world of stem cell generation and regenerative medicine! This field of science for medical treatment is at the forefront of technology and therapeutics, and is controversial. The potential to replace damaged cells in the brain, and even to enable recovery of lost functions, in devastating conditions such as Parkinsons disease and Huntington's disease, holds amazing hope for sufferers. The scientists involved in the NeuroStemCell project are faced with the daily challenge of big unanswered questions, together with pressing ethical issues.
Published: 8 July 2013
In the highly-charged environment of emergency care, the treatment of premature babies carries additional uncertainty and risk. In cases of neo-natal shock an acute state with inadequate circulatory function and oxygen delivery in the newborn - immediate intervention is required to raise the blood pressure, but doctors may be called to act without understanding precisely what is causing the problem, or even how to accurately assess circulatory failure in such immature infants.
Published: 3 July 2013
In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of the energy intake of the local diet is based on everyday foods such as cassava, maize, millet, or sorghum, but those staple foods do not provide sufficient nutrition. One of the consequences is high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children, which affects not only their health but also their cognitive development. Scientists are convinced that the right doses of micronutrients added to certain basic foods can fight malnutrition.
Published: 25 June 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