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When the nature of a disease is unknown, it is difficult to be prepared. Think Ebola, avian influenza or SARS - news reports of their spread were regularly accompanied by updates on the frantic hunt for vaccines and treatments. EU-funded researchers hope to stay one step ahead from now on with a new platform for detecting and analysing outbreaks.
Published: 13 January 2016
An EU-funded project has shown that the widespread practice of informal healthcare payments in Central and Eastern Europe is inefficient, and means that many patients are unable to pay for the care they need. The positive news is that the project findings are beginning to influence policy in the region.
Published: 11 December 2015
What good is an empty clinic? The brain drain that is depleting health care services in many parts of Africa is leaving entire communities stranded. An EU-funded project is looking into ways to mobilise more human resources for primary health care across the continent.
Published: 22 September 2015
Community-based health insurance schemes are often supported as a route to universal health coverage in countries such as India, with limited public funds. But without government subsidies or technical support, such schemes are unlikely to achieve their objectives, as EU-funded researchers have found out.
Published: 26 August 2015
Access to healthcare is a basic human need, but efforts to provide affordable public care in many developing nations have had mixed results. EU-funded researchers sought to find out why through a landmark evaluation of healthcare systems in six Asian countries. The conclusions highlight the influence of insurance schemes' affordability, understanding what motivates people to take out insurance policies, and how public money is spent.
Published: 30 July 2015
Although stem cells are only microscopic in size, they contain tremendous promise. Through them deeper understanding can be gathered on how cancers progress and persist and, in the case of embryonic stem cells, they look set to become a powerful tool for regenerative medicine.
Published: 24 November 2014
Access to biological resources such as cells and tissue samples is the lifeblood of biomedical research. Biobanks and biomolecular resource centres collect, store and distribute this material, the related data and powerful analytical tools, but none of them can single-handedly meet the growing, diverse needs of Europe's research community. EU funding has enabled major repositories to link up and share these resources.
Published: 22 September 2014
While nuclear medicine (specialty involving the application of radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease) and interventional radiology may give doctors life-saving technology to diagnose and treat diseases, the radiation emitted from the machines and systems could lead to some risks for the doctors.
Published: 21 May 2014
One of the 'chronic' conditions in the healthcare field is patient non-compliance with the dosage prescribed on the bottle. Yet this is something that has only started to receive attention from experts in the last 40 years.
Published: 16 May 2014
An earthquake, a terrorist attack, a fire in a tunnel it takes a special kind of person to rescue survivors from large-scale emergencies. But first response teams dont rely just on their outstanding courage and skill to operate effectively. They also need information and coordination, and a way to communicate. EU-funded research is improving the ICT systems at their disposal.
Published: 12 May 2014