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The project team developed the first software-based decision-support tool for the building design and construction sector that offers results and a rating system for specific buildings as well as references to building accessibility requirements.
Published: 28 January 2014
The EU-funded Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA²LEN), launched in 2004, has become a leading force in the battle against allergic diseases. The network is still expanding, with over 60 centres in more than 20 European countries.
Published: 21 October 2013
The issue of sleep deprivation has gone beyond the counting of sheep and into the scientific domain, as European researchers set up 'sleep labs' to study the biomedical and sociological factors keeping us awake at night.
Published: 9 August 2013
Psychiatric disorders are a major, though often "hidden", health problem. It is estimated that mental disorders affect more than 160 million Europeans - 38% of the population each year. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in four of us will suffer from at least one mental disorder during our lifetime. In addition to the direct impact this has on patients and their families, the impact on national healthcare systems is significant. In Europe, the annual cost is estimated to be more than €200 billion.
Published: 15 May 2013
Even 10 seconds can make a difference. When Japan was hit by the earthquake in 2011, early-warning systems were in place, and within seconds even the high-speed "bullet" trains stopped. About half of Europe is also a high-risk earthquake area, especially Mediterranean countries like Greece, Italy, and also other regions around the Black Sea.
Published: 8 May 2013
A groundbreaking European Union (EU)-funded research project has shown that eating high quantities of common foods such as fried potatoes - or even toast during pregnancy can lead to significant health problems for the new-born child.
Published: 27 February 2013
In today's world, there has never been a greater need for quick and accurate ways to detect explosives, toxic chemicals, illegal drugs and other potential hazards to public safety and health. Contributing to this effort is a European Union (EU)-funded project that has united a Russian-born physicist working at a Dutch university with a private company in the UK.
Published: 10 January 2013
Arsenic may be found as a water or food contaminant in many parts of the world including Europe. High levels of arsenic are still being detected in groundwater of countries such as Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain, Romania, Finland, England, Germany and Serbia.
Published: 30 October 2012
At first sight, train drivers' cabs and Formula 1 cars may not seem to have much in common. But a research project funded by the European Commission has led to a potential breakthrough for the rail industry - by adapting technology most commonly found in high performance racing cars. The results promise to provide the rail industry with trains that are more environmentally-friendly, easier and cheaper to produce, and less costly for rail companies in terms of track maintenance. An all round win-win situation.
Published: 30 August 2012
Bread is thought to have been part of the human diet for around 30,000 years. In mediaeval Europe, breads were named after the class of people who ate them giving rise to the likes of squires loaves, knights loaves, common loaves, or even a popes loaf.
Published: 28 August 2012