Biomedicine and Health

Researchers from the Alicante and Pompeu Fabra Universities use pioneering technique to discover viruses present in saliva

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A group of researchers led by Manuel Martínez García, member of the University of Alicante Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology, has discovered new viruses present in human saliva through the application of techniques that combine flow cytometry, genomics and molecular biology. Òscar Fornas, researcher and head of the Pompeu Fabra UniversityFlow Cytometry Unit and the Centre for Genomic Regulation(CRG), participated in the project, which has been published in the journal Viruses. Read More

Researchers prove link between inflammation and acute paediatric lymphoblastic leukaemia

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The team of María Domínguez, researcher for the Neuroscience Institute, joint venture of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) in Elche and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has managed to prove for the first time that an important factor in the development of acute paediatric lymphoblastic leukaemia is inflammation. Moreover, researchers have readied a screening system in order to choose the medicines which are already being used to fight inflammatory processes which could be effective against this type of childhood cancer and without side effects. Read More

Administering antibiotics through the cornea

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The anatomic and physiologic structure of the eyes constitutes by itself an important barrier when administering medicine. The amount of medicine that passes through the cornea by applying creams or drops is very limited and it is necessary to develop alternative, more effective ways of administering them ocularly. Researchers at the Pharmacy Department of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University have published the design of a new bioadhesive ocular insert which is placed inside the eyelid and releases a larger amount of medicine through the cornea in a controlled way in the international journal Drug Delivery and Translational Research. Read More

Researchers develop a new system based on artificial intelligence that helps to diagnose breast cancer

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A team of researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Instituto de Física Corpuscular, joint center between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, in Spanish) and the University of València have participated in the development of a system that helps diagnose breast cancer and is able to reduce the number of false positives. This new method provides 90% detection reliability, the highest of this kind of systems, and it will be quite useful in clinical practice. Scientific groups from seven other international centers are taking part in this project. Read More

Stem cell transplants could stop ALS muscle deterioration

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The Neuroscience Institute at the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) in Elche, Alicante, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) are actively searching for €492,800 to be able to develop a worldwide pioneering test on 100 patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which could, by using adult stem cells, stop the progressive deterioration of the locomotor apparatus – which eventually leads to patients’ death. This therapy is spearheaded by the director of the Neuroscience Institute, Salvador Martínez, and has been successfully tested on mice. Read More