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Across Europe, researchers are trying to reduce the impact of neurodegenerative diseases on sufferers and society alike. An EU-funded project has set out a roadmap to better coordinate this work - helping scientists target the right research areas and access the best resources.
Published: 29 June 2015
Parkinson's disease is a common disorder with no cure available yet. An EU-funded project has produced a genetic and chemical map of the neurons affected by the disease, to support new research into diagnosis and treatments.
Published: 9 June 2015
A small sensor, headphones and a mobile phone - the elements of a prototype kit that is giving hope of relief for sufferers of Parkinson's disease. The European-backed research project being spearheaded in Barcelona does not offer a cure for the degenerative condition, but it could improve the quality of life of patients and give them more autonomy.
Published: 12 May 2015
As we age our eyes lose their ability to focus quickly on near and far objects. Presbyopia is a common problem that comes with aging, but its causes are not yet fully understood. There is evidence that the crystalline lens inside the eye loses its elasticity and therefore its distance-focusing capabilities.
Published: 16 April 2015
Much as we try to evade it, age catches us all. But are there ways to reverse or slow down the ageing process at a cellular level? An international project examining the biological changes that occur inside our bodies looked at the role of stem cells in organs and tissues, which could lead to a radical new understanding of ageing.
Published: 26 November 2014
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
AGROCOS is a pioneering European project which is using modern scientific techniques to explore the ancient and still largely untapped - richness of nature to develop new products for the agrochemical and cosmetics industries.
Published: 27 June 2014
DECIDE stands for 'Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment'. This FP7 project brought together 13 partners from five European countries, with the Italian GARR Institute as leading partner. Its aim was to develop and launch an e-service that allows the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Published: 6 June 2014
Fading eyesight is a natural consequence of ageing. Presbyopia is a particular ocular condition that can affect everyone after the age of 45, hampering the ability to focus and leading to cataracts (the clouding of the eye lens) later in life.
Published: 3 June 2014
Creaking joints, knotty hands, swollen knees as we grow older, many of us will become acquainted with these symptoms of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. EU funding has helped researchers at the TREAT-OA project add to our knowledge of the disease and opened up new avenues for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Published: 21 May 2014