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Hip operations are one of the most common medical procedures in Europe. But a significant number of replacements fail prematurely due to poor fitting and wear-and-tear issues. New non-metallic implants developed by European researchers potentially offer a longer lasting, less invasive, more biocompatible alternative which poses a lower risk to patients.
Published: 21 November 2014
Genetic variants associated with schizophrenia and autism still have an impact on cognitive skills and brain structure in people who carry the genes but do not suffer from these conditions. This is one of the main findings from research published Nature by scientists from the NEWMEDS project, which is supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).
Published: 5 August 2014
Premature newborn babies frequently suffer from difficulties in breathing during their first weeks of life, a condition known as respiratory distress syndrome. In such cases, they are normally given oxygen therapy with the aid of an airway pressure machine or a ventilator.
Published: 20 May 2014
Gradually losing control of your body is something that patients with neurodegenerative diseases must learn to live with. Lorenzo Rossi, an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient is coming to terms with his condition. Andrea Niutta has multiple sclerosis and has been using a wheelchair for almost twenty years. He attends neuromuscular reeducation therapy at Valduce Hospital in Costa Masnaga near Milan. He has accepted to test a new kind of neuroprosthesis developed by a European research programme in Italy and was surprised by the results.
Published: 20 January 2014
Published: 3 June 2013
The revolutionary medical research project PHeLINet has not only created openings for doctors to better diagnose cancer, asthma, cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases, but it has expanded the professional horizons for budding scientists like Guilhem Collier.
Published: 12 March 2013
Uniform public dietary advice is suitable for populations, but is simply not the most sophisticated approach for improving an individual's health. The bottom line is that people are unique, and that each of us has unique nutritional needs. For that reason, an EU-funded project is examining whether our knowledge of genetics and individual health markers could help us to design healthier, personalised diets.
Published: 22 November 2012
Diabetes and obesity diabesity is a growing global epidemic and of increasing concern because of the associated health complications. Finding a natural means of tackling and managing this disease could benefit millions of people, while making significant savings in health-care costs. This is why an EU-funded project is exploring the health-promoting potential of proteins found in a grain traditionally grown in the Mediterranean region.
Published: 15 November 2012
Legionella is a bacterium present in water that can become a potential threat to human health when appropriate conditions for its growth and proliferation are met. These conditions frequently occur in large indoor facilities such as tanks, boilers, heater pipes and even shower heads. Between 2003 and 2004, 35 European countries reported over 9000 cases of Legionnaires 'disease. Overall mortality rate was 8.2% but this figure increased to 40% in people with compromised immune systems.
Published: 31 October 2012
Published: 18 April 2012