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Roughly 151 million people worldwide suffer from osteoarthritis, meaning that they experience chronic pain, reduced mobility and limited quality of life. Attempts to repair cartilage thus far have offered limited functionality and only temporary pain reduction. The usual course of action is therefore to replace the entire joint, rather than repair the damaged cartilage. A team of researchers from the EU and Australia is however working on a promising alternative in which 3D printing plays a key role.
Published: 3 July 2018
Management and treatment of neurological diseases is one of the biggest challenges facing medicine today. EU-funded researchers are developing computational tools to improve understanding of how such diseases progress as a means to help treat patients.
Published: 22 June 2018
EU-funded research is exploring how meditation training and other preventive programmes can help Europe's ageing society stay mentally active and physically healthy for longer. The findings can help shape a variety of programmes and policies.
Published: 13 June 2018
Leading scientists and cutting-edge SMEs in Europe and Australia teamed up in the EU-funded STELLAR project. Their mission? Explore the regenerative potential of new cell types for tackling chronic kidney disease, develop methods to exploit it, and tools to promote the findings, including a dedicated song, of all things!
Published: 2 March 2018
EU-funded researchers are working on novel, more effective contrast agents - the substances that make the contrast between, for example, muscle and bone, in MRI scans. This new level of detail will improve diagnostics and help ensure people receive the right treatment.
Published: 17 November 2017
An EU-funded project has gained new insights into abnormal protein deposits linked to some 40 diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer. The cutting-edge research has contributed to promising new techniques to treat these potentially devastating diseases.
Published: 13 November 2017
You're old, you live alone, maybe you lose your glasses a lot or you forget to take your medicine on time. So what do you need? Zacharias the prototype robot of course - at least that is what an EU funded research consortium are banking on.
Published: 8 September 2017
Weaker bones, impaired immune functions and increased susceptibility to disease are just some of the many consequences of ageing, but the precise genetic and molecular processes involved are not clearly understood. Ground-breaking EU-funded research is attempting to determine why and how we age, potentially leading to new treatments and dietary guidelines to slow down the process.
Published: 29 August 2017
An EU-funded project has generated new insights into the causes and development of rheumatoid arthritis, directing efforts towards earlier detection, prevention and the idea of inducing tolerance to this chronic and debilitating disease. Follow-up reearch includes new studies to further explore this 'tolerance' challenge and progress on a new antibody detecting device.
Published: 7 August 2017
Although significant progress has been made in recent years in developing medication that slows the progression of multiple sclerosis, there has been little effort to treat the daily symptoms of the disease. The EU-funded MS Fatigue_Therapy project is doing just this, measuring fatigue and investigating potential treatments.
Published: 3 August 2017