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  image How one idea can lead to another RTD info 36
    Starting with an (unrealistic) idea for Aids prevention, the Biomedical Gloves project developed a new concept of a glove designed to protect surgeons and healthcare staff from the risks of viral contamination.  
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  image Tracking down the endocrine disrupters RTD info 36
    A mass of difficult-to-identify chemicals and organic substances seem to be interfering with the normal hormonal functioning of living organisms. Research is being carried out to assess and understand a threat which could also affect man.  
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  The new picture of health 07/11/02

Genome sequencing, including of human beings, is bringing new prospects for molecular biology and genetics which are as yet difficult to gauge. 'Post-genomics' – and research on stem cells in particular – is likely to have many and sometimes unexpected benefits for human health.

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  A European priority 07/11/02

Research in the field of post-genomics and biotechnologies for health not only meets the expectations of European society but also the hopes of developing countries where health conditions must not deteriorate any further.

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  Aids, malaria, tuberculosis: an urgent clinical counter-attack in Africa 07/11/02

Poverty engenders disease which in turn generates further poverty. The fight against the spiral of distress afflicting sub-Saharan Africa includes an urgent need for clinical research.

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  Cancer - A European priority 03/04/2002

'Is the glass half empty or half full?' As ever, it all depends on how you look at it. After decades of cancer research, today progress at every level - prevention, detection and treatment - means that nearly one in two cancer patients is still alive five years after the initial diagnosis.

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  Cancer - The Union's commitment 03/04/2002

Governments throughout Europe have adopted cancer as a research priority and it is also a field in which the pharmaceutical industry invests heavily. It is against this background that the Union has become increasingly active over the last decade or more, seeking to integrate research activities to create a synergy effect.

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  Cancer - On every front 03/04/2002

Cancer is a formidable disease which takes many forms. This is why research must be active on many fronts. Traditional strategies - surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy - are improving all the time. Genetics and immunology are bringing new and innovative prospects. And new screening and detection methods are making it possible to get to grips with the disease at an increasingly early stage.

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  Cancer - Spreading the cancer message 03/04/2002

Collecting information on cancer is one thing, communicating it effectively is another altogether. A number of organisations and networks are responsible for this vital mission.

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  Cancer - Because clinical research is fundamental 03/04/2002

With 2 500 voluntary practitioners in some 360 hospitals, the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) is a major spearhead in the global fight against cancer. By organising rigorous clinical trials on a vast scale it has permitted major progress in the treatment of the most varied forms of the disease.

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  The mobile phone: friend or foe? 03/04/2002

Three out of five Europeans use their mobile phones every day. The question is: Are the electromagnetic waves emitted by these phones and their base stations harmful to health? There is no scientific evidence to confirm this but, true to the principle of 'better safe than sorry', a number of research projects are now trying to confirm that they are hazard-free.

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  Better safe than sorry 03/04/2002

Each country is responsible for setting its own permissible levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields. Most of these national standards take their lead from the WHO recommendations.

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A prenatal passion 02/10/2001 

A clinician, researcher and teacher, Philippe Evrard is one of Europe's pioneer paediatric neurologists. For the past three decades he has been investigating the structure of the brain, the factors which could distort its development in the womb, the neurological handicaps which affect very premature babies and possible forms of preventive or curative treatment.
 

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In vitro versus in vivo 11-04-01 

The search for alternative methods to experiments on animals is stimulating reliable, more effective and less costly techniques for the development of new therapeutic molecules. Under the combined effect of a strict legislative framework and adequate financial support, Europe is providing the impetus in the field which is producing encouraging results.
 

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Elusive allergies 11-04-01 

Nearly one in three Europeans suffers - or will suffer - from an allergy. 10% of children suffer from asthma. Described by some scientists as 'the real millennium bug', allergies have become progressively more common over the past two decades. And the social cost - in terms of health care and absenteeism, for example - is estimated at 45 billion euros a year. A major research effort is essential in this field where our knowledge shows some surprising gaps.
 

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The importance of stem cells 11-04-01 

European researchers have succeeded in growing blood stem cells - the source of white and red corpuscles and of platelets. This success makes what may otherwise be quite a major transplant operation much less daunting. And opens the way for growing stem cells from other human tissues.
 

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Monitoring and controlling lead 11-04-01 

The lead content of drinking water is now subject to a strict European directive. But its application is not without problems. So what is the best way of measuring this capricious poison?

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Swimming in clear water 11-04-01 

Thanks to meticulous monitoring, bathing water quality is improving considerably in Europe. But the lack of standardised microbiological measurement methods leaves the result open to dispute. A number of European research projects have tried to put an end to the discord, and, in the process, have provided good examples of what could become the 'support for Community policies' strand of the European Research Area launched by Philippe Busquin.
 

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At the source of diseases of the senses 30-12-00 

If we can hear and speak, it is because our brain has specialised neurons in the inner ear and the eye. Two research projects are currently seeking to understand the causes of malfunction in these cells. One is focusing on congenital deafness and the other on blindness associated with ageing.
 

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Billions of neurons 30-12-00 

Consciousness, intelligence, language use, memory, emotions... The faculties which make man unique in the biosphere are the result of a very special system - the brain - which is without doubt the most complex organ evolution has produced. It is not surprising therefore to find that science has taken a long time to penetrate its mysteries. Understanding the organisation and activity of its several thousand billion cells - the neurons - and the billions of connections between them is a truly enormous task.
 

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Can cells repair the brain? 30-12-00 

If neurons die, then why not replace them? This is simple idea which proved remarkably effective when transplanting foetal neurons to sufferers from Parkinson's disease. Research is now turning its attention to finding new sources of neurons for transplantation, thereby making the treatment as widely available as possible.
 

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The brain in silico 30-12-00 

Our accumulated knowledge of the workings of the human brain has become so complex that it can no longer be understood without recourse to computer modelling of the cerebral functioning.
 

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The challenges of neuropharmacology 30-12-00 

To communicate with each other, neurons exchange molecules, which create electric currents by binding themselves to the receptors on their membranes. Deceiving, blocking, and saturating some of these receptors are among the strategies used in research on new medicines to combat brain disease and pain.
 

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Understanding mental suffering 30-12-00 

Are the genes or the environment to blame? And are drugs or psychotherapy the solution? The scientific approach to the causes of mental illness remains marked by uncertainty, which is why multidisciplinary European research is now attempting to identify the factors which can trigger these disorders.
 

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GSM: it's best to be informed 13-10-00 

Is there reason to fear the effect of mobile phones on the brain? Although scientists have no proof that mobiles are harmful, neither are they prepared to commit themselves to their absolute long-term safety. In an attempt to remove the doubts, this year saw the launch of the first large-scale international epidemiological study.
 

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The sickness of the city 13-10-00 

Three billion human beings live in increasingly sprawling and over-populated cities. The deterioration in the urban environment and the dramatic impoverishment of large sections of the population have assumed such a scale that they are one of the major causes of the worsening health of inhabitants, in the face of which health and care systems are failing.
 

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Women against Aids 13-10-00 

In Africa, where heterosexual transmission of the Aids virus is particularly virulent, women could play a major role in combating its ravages. New preventive microbicides, for women are currently being tested by researchers from Europe, Uganda and the Ivory Coast.
 

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Building the new man 19-06-00 

Biomaterials which can be used to repair human organs or tissues are no longer the stuff of science fiction. They are being used increasingly often in skin regeneration, and this will soon be the case for bones, the liver and the kidneys too. Small European businesses are competing in a global market - estimated at several tens of billions of euros - in this highly competitive field which has revolutionary implications for the health and well-being of millions of severely handicapped people.
 

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