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Potential kid-friendly medication shows promise for treating schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease, particularly dangerous to young children. With no child-safe method for treating it, millions of kids are left untreated and susceptible to anaemia, stunted growth, and impaired cognitive development. The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) supported the research that aims to change this by providing equitable access to an effective and safe paediatric treatment for the disease.

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Towards a new era of tackling Alzheimer’s disease

While the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to grow at an alarming rate, advances in treatment and prevention have stalled. The EU-industry funded ADAPTED project worked to better understand how the presence of a specific gene significantly increases the risk of disease. This research could open the door to new treatment for patients.

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Artificial intelligence accelerates the hunt for cancer drivers

Identifying the specific genetic mutations that cause cancer has always been a challenge. The EU-funded NONCODRIVERS project offers a solution with a pioneering approach that applies machine learning based modelling to tumour data. This could lead to more personalised therapies that save the lives of thousands of citizens every year.

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Brain study opens door to potential new disease treatments

Millions of people suffer from brain diseases. To better understand what happens in the brains of these patients, the EU-funded RobustSynapses project focused on synapses, where many brain conditions often first develop. By identifying key things that can go wrong, the project team has opened the door to potential new targets for life-saving treatments that would benefit everyone.

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A Strategic Research agenda links the ocean with human health

Humanity is realising that the state of our oceans has a direct impact on our wellbeing. To identify key priorities in the field of oceans and human health, the EU-funded SOPHIE project created a network of diverse experts. By changing harmful behaviours and encouraging sustainable practices, they hope to contribute to better health for both the oceans and citizens across Europe and beyond.

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A revolutionary way of treating Short Bowel Syndrome

Short Bowel Syndrome is a medical disorder without a cure and with limited treatment options. But one EU-funded project aimed to change this by creating a functional small bowel using a patient’s own cells or tissue. The result has the potential to substantially improve the chances of survival and the standard of living for those suffering from the disorder.

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