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EUROPA - Research and Innovation: What's New in Health and life sciences

EUROPA - Research What's New in Health and life sciences. This RSS feed includes the most recent updates to the European Commission's Research and Innovation web site on Europa in the area of Health and life sciences. The last (or, in some news readers, the first) item of this feed will take you to the Biosociety web site. For more RSS news feeds visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=rss
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Picture large amount of pillsAn EU and industry-funded project has developed environmentally friendly chemistry processes for drug manufacturing. As well as being better for the planet, the new processes will also enable the industry to cut costs and could lead to cheaper medicines for patients.
Image of antibiotic pills packMany advances of modern medicine rely heavily on antibiotics - which can, however, lose their effectiveness over time as bacteria adapt. New types of these precious drugs are urgently needed. EU and industry-funded researchers are looking into ways to foster the required innovation.
Photo of one of the researchersTuberculosis is a silent killer. According to the World Health Organisation more than 10 million people were diagnosed with the disease in 2016. The previous year, some 1,8 million people died from it making TB one of the top ten main causes of death globally.
Image of a syringe lying on mapof Africa Rapid diagnosis is vital for controlling outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus. Currently this can only be done in complex laboratories and samples from infected patients are dangerous to handle and transport. Faced with this challenge, an EU and industry-funded project is developing fast, local tests to spot infection quickly and safely, helping to contain its spread and saving lives in the process.
Image of the blod sample marked HIVDo people living with HIV age more quickly, despite the fact that their infection is well controlled? Concerns have emerged in recent years, and an EU-funded study was launched to look into the matter by exploring links with age-related conditions, with a specific focus on cognitive impairment. No acceleration was observed.

ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people, media and the general public.

Created in 2004 by EuroScience, this biennial European forum brings together over 4 000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science.

More than 40% of the participants are students and young researchers. The 8th edition of ESOF will take place in Toulouse, France, from 9 till 14 July 2018.

    • Taking part in ESOF is a unique opportunity to: • Further knowledge on the challenges and breakthroughs in research, innovation and their relation to society; • Create links, exchange and debate with leaders of the scientific community worldwide in an interdisciplinary context; • Communicate the latest news on scientific research and innovation to an international audience; • Develop a network in view of building a research career.
Two laboratory technicians at workThe incidence of cancer in Europe is increasing but many potential new drug treatments are found to be ineffective when tested on patients. An EU and industry-funded project has investigated new models of tumours to help researchers discover more effective treatments and boost survival rates.
Lab technician at workThe EU-funded SWEETOOLS project aims to improve our understanding of the role of sugars in human biology. Exploring optimised versions of biosynthesised proteins combined with chemically synthesised drugs could help the development of novel biomedicines and vaccines targeting, for example, influenza.
fresh air signStuffy office environments and poor air quality in schools, hospitals and factories could soon be a distant memory thanks to low-cost smart sensor and ventilation-control technology capable of intelligently detecting and removing hazardous airborne substances. The technology was developed through EU-funded research.
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