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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.
Published: 25 November 2015
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.
Published: 23 November 2015
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.
Published: 17 November 2015
Used since ancient times, bismuth is still found in items as different as lipsticks, medicine and electronics. The metal has been a magnet for scientific study. But the BisNano project was the first to take bismuth compounds down to the nano-scale. The results have made the metal even more attractive and have led to technology transfer between Europe and Mexico, as well as several applications.
Published: 6 November 2015
An EU-funded project has developed a forecasting model for biotoxic algal blooms. The project aimed at providing aquaculture farmers early warnings of approaching dangerous 'phytoplankton' - allowing them to take effective action to keep fish and shellfish from algae-induced contamination - and protect their livelihoods.
Published: 5 November 2015
Over the last 30 years, much of Europe's grassland has been lost to urban development and the intensive production of annual crops like green maize. But environmental and food safety concerns, coupled with doubts about the sustainability of today's intensive farming systems, have seen grassland farming making a comeback. An EU-funded project has presented its findings on the value of grasslands for biodiversity and productivity.
Published: 3 November 2015
While weather forecasts - including those for wind - have improved significantly, change is always imminent. When wind power rises or falls unexpectedly, it can have a knock-on effect on infrastructure and power supply. An EU-funded research project has improved the accuracy of short-term forecasts, helping Europe rely more on wind power as it moves towards a more secure and cleaner energy future.
Published: 28 October 2015
It isn't "Iron Man", but European researchers in the Robo-Mate project are developing a robotic "exoskeleton" to protect workers from injuries due to heavy and repetitive work. A first prototype has already been unveiled.
Published: 26 October 2015
Deciding when to renovate or replace an ageing bridge can be tricky. Risks to safety must be avoided, but acting prematurely may be wasteful. Monitoring techniques developed by an EU-funded project can facilitate such decisions. They are based on an innovative weigh-in-motion system used to check that trucks aren't overloaded.
Published: 20 October 2015
Our fragile marine ecosystems are under threat. Sustainable use of resources is key to redressing the balance. Enter a network of EU-funding research agencies who have already offered a glimpse of the future of fisheries and aquaculture research.
Published: 16 October 2015