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Roughly 3 000 pharmaceutical products are used in human healthcare. Since a patient's body does not fully metabolise some of them, they are excreted and can end up in the environment, where they can impact aquatic life, and potentially human beings. EU-funded researchers investigated how much concern is warranted about anticancer drugs and antibiotics.
Published: 7 May 2015
Scientists in Italy are working on creating robots that mimic the properties of plant roots, including the capacity for growth. They believe the potential future applications are not just the stuff of science-fiction.
Published: 29 January 2015
Rats damage crops, buildings and infrastructure, costing billions of euros every year. They also carry more than 60 diseases that threaten humans and animals. But now scientists in Britain are using smart electronics to counter the danger.
Published: 22 January 2015
Almost 100 million Europeans do not have access to safe, reliable water. As conventional methods of detecting pathogens can be complex and take time, developing an effective system to quickly test water has become imperative.
Published: 20 January 2015
Sometimes a simple cast is not enough to fix a broken bone. Surgery may instead be necessary to insert a nail into the bone and stabilise it. An EU-funded project has developed a prototype of a surgical tool for such operations that will help prevent potential cross-contamination. Thanks to a novel welding method, the new tool does not have any crevices where bacteria can hide and is also easier to clean than traditional tools.
Published: 16 December 2014
As far as medical research has come towards treating illness and injury, doctors and technicians have yet to develop an artificial hand that can give amputees the sensation of having a natural hand. This could be on the verge of changing. A team of EU-funded researchers has invented a prosthetic hand that has all the basic features of a real hand, and that amputees can actually feel.
Published: 28 November 2014
The European Union (EU)-funded project MultiTERM has brought together highly qualified scientists to create 'smart materials', such as skin and bone substitutes, to replace and repair damaged tissues. The EU's rapidly rising elderly population stands to benefit from these materials that include gels, artificial skin and cartilage.
Published: 27 November 2014
Research on stem cells is providing great hope for alleviating a wide range of previously untreatable diseases and injuries. However, in this rapidly evolving field it can be difficult for patients, teachers and the public at large to find reliable, up-to-date information.
Published: 17 November 2014
Health is an area of research where people's hopes and concerns are often deeply personal. Many of us have strong reasons to care. The EU backs teams across Europe that are looking for new and better ways to treat disease and keep us healthy. It also encourages researchers to keep the public informed of their progress by bringing in specialised communication expertise.
Published: 3 October 2014
Odours from industry, chemical plants or livestock breeding can be a nuisance for people living in the surrounding areas. Those affected have in the past been asked to help tackle the cause of the problem, but in the majority of cases their input has seldom been used. Until now that is. The European Union (EU)-funded project OMNISCIENTIS brings together state-of-the-art information and communication technologies as well as Earth observation applications to help reduce odour annoyance.
Published: 11 September 2014