Biomedicine and Health

Entertainment sector workers’ addictive substance intake increases, study says

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Entertainment sector workers are among those with the highest consumption of psychoactive substances. According to the Adictions study of the year 2017, 17% of the total consume these substances in Spain, a figure which is between France’s 22% and Holland’s 16%. A study conducted by Nursing degree coordinator for the CEU UCH University in Castellón, Isabel Almodóvar Fernández, has included the participation of 284 stage assembly employees for shows, festivals and events in Spain, of which more than a third are habitual consumers of addictive substances, such as alcohol (36.6%), cannabis (35.2%) and cocaine (1.8%). Read More

Researchers study the effect of a mycotoxin present in cereal on embryonic development

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Researchers of the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Elche and Valencia (Spain), in collaboration with the Príncipe Felipe research centre and the University of Valencia, have assessed the potential negative effect for embryonic development of a mycotoxin, namely Ochratoxin A, which is in foods such as cereals and derived products. Read More

Myofascial therapies help treat gastroesophageal reflux

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Researchers from the Departments of Physical Therapy, Medicine and Surgery of the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera of Valencia (Spain), have developed and successfully tested, for the first time, a pioneering myofascial therapy for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux. Their study has shown that applying the manual therapy designed to relax the fascia in the area of the diaphragm decreases the symptoms of gastric reflux and the consumption of medicine to alleviate them, thus improving the quality of life of the patients who took part in the clinical trial up to a month after applying the therapy. Read More

Study shows universities’ lacklustre sports offer for disabled people

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Professors of the Department of Sport Science of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) of Elche (Spain), Raúl Reina and Alba Roldán, have guided the study “Sport Practice among University Students with Disabilities: Barriers, Facilitating Factors and Employability”, presented in Madrid. Among the conclusions of this work, the UMH professors highlight that less than 20% of Spanish universities offer sport activities for disabled students. Read More

Sense of touch develops in the brain before birth

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A study by the Institute of Neurosciences, mixed centre of Miguel Hernández University (UMH) of Elche and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has shown that the structures of the brain where the sense of touch is located are totally functional during the embryonic stage of mammals. This work can have long-term impact on the understanding of some neural development disorders, such as autism or fragile X chromosome syndrome, alterations of the cortical structure which affect sensorial processing. Read More