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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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Doctor holding hand of older personeEU-funded project SUSTAIN aims to improve care services for the elderly by integrating the needs and wishes of patients. Such integrated, patient-centred care will promote better services and more choice for older people.
Woman holding two apples and banana on her stomachEU-researchers are demonstrating how diet and lifestyle before and during pregnancy, along with infant feeding choices, have a direct impact on the risk of obesity from childhood through to adulthood.
roentgen screening image with magnifying glass in front of the face of young womanVIVOIMAG aims to develop a new contrast agent to improve visibility and enable the real-time evaluation of bone grafts using existing scanning and imaging techniques. Such innovation could, in the future, have a substantial impact on the medical field of tissue regeneration.
Photo of a young doctorThe world's hardest natural material also has the most enthralling sparkle - these two properties mean that tiny diamonds are giving us dramatic new ways of interacting with the human body.
Picture of the human and robot handThe EU-funded RAMCIP project is developing a novel domestic service robot to assist the elderly, Alzheimer's patients and people suffering mild cognitive impairments with daily activities. The robot will be able to decide autonomously when and how to intervene to assist its user.
Picture of the medecins next to the scannerEvery cancer follows its own complex path. An EU-funded project is developing experimental tools and a computer model to generate and test ideas on the combined impact of the body's cell and chemical processes on cancer progress. The findings should one day help researchers and SMEs find better-targeted drugs faster.
Picture of accessories in the chemical laboratoryEU-funded researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of bioengineering microbial strains in a controlled manner, a fundamental scientific breakthrough that has significant potential for drug development and biotechnology. The project was also instrumental in establishing a new scientific discipline - xenobiology.

The conference is one of the outcomes of a one year study which was requested by the European Parliament, and started in March 2016.

The study aims to assess the impact of EU-funded research on poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) and how it has contributed to achieving universal health coverage and improving the health situation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The conference aims to discuss and disseminate the PRND study findings and recommendations to key stakeholders and to ensure that the views of key stakeholders are reflected in the final study report.

In addition, the conference will discuss how to best link EU research and development policy to ensure a maximal impact.

Picture of thehands of the old person with a few old photographsPANA has set out to develop an innovative method to diagnose Alzheimer's in its early stages, up to five years before the occurrence of clinical symptoms. This could increase the duration and quality of patients' lives considerably.

“Shaping the future of pediatrics” is the first conference on the innovation in pediatrics in Europe. It will be at the intersection of pediatrics with different disciplines and will involve pediatricians, nurses, researchers, patients, entrepreneurs, and specialists in different areas in the field of innovation in pediatrics.

The conference will include sessions on –omics, Big Data, Patient empowerment, and The cycle of innovation in pediatrics.

Photo of medical pillsFrom invisible online markets, past border controls and straight to the consumer, fake pharmaceuticals are on the rise, but now a mix of anti-counterfeiting technology is helping halt the wave of fake drugs and their often lethal consequences.
Photo of a Chemical lab: autosamplingConventional industrial chemical production requires harsh conditions and environmentally unfriendly processes to transform raw materials like crude oil into useful chemicals and plastics. But imagine if nature's own chemical cell factories could turn cheap starting materials such as organic waste leftover from farming or food processing into recyclable components for the chemical industry.
Picture of the hand of a person who is analyzing sample under microscopeSuper-resolution microscopy that allows researchers to see inside nerve cells, track disease-causing proteins and watch cell division in living organisms earned three scientists the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2014. Building on that breakthrough, a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow has developed a pioneering technique to peer even more closely inside living cells at the nano-scale, using fluorescent dyes to label the tiny amino acids that are the building blocks of all proteins.
Picture of syringe and medicinesAs Europe's population ages, cancer has become the leading cause of death. Therapeutic targeting - changing the activity of a protein or nucleic acid with a stimulus - is of limited use because of the complexity of cancer: changes take place within the tumour cell itself, but also in the cell's microenvironment. An EU-funded project will increase understanding of cancer progression and provide the basis for new, targeted approaches.

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