Biomedicine and Health

Polymer Technology Unit receives status boost

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The Polymer Technology Unit of the Universitat Jaume I has obtained the status of an associated unit of R & D & i in the Spanish Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (CSIC), through the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA), for a three-year period. Lecturer Luis Cabedo Mas, as the head of the unit, and José Gámez Pérez, both from the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Design of the UJI, along with IATA researcher José María Lagarón Cabello, will make up the new unit. Read More

Robotic exoskeleton allows disabled people to eat or drink by themselves

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Researchers of the Biomedical Neuro-engineering group of the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche, Spain, have developed a worldwide pioneering robotic exoskeleton which, attached to a robotic wheelchair, helps people with varying degrees of disability carry out daily activities on their own, including eating, drinking or washing. The project, named “Adaptive Multimodal Interfaces to Assist Disabled People in Daily Activities” or AIDE, has been coordinated by UMH Systems and Automated Engineering professor Nicolás García, and financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Read More

Pain control app effectiveness trials continue

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The app developed by the Psychology and Technology Laboratory of Castellón’s Universitat Jaume I (Labpsitec) to control chronic pain will be tested in nine hospitals in Catalonia, after positive results were obtained improving the treatment among patients in Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron hospital. The computer application developed by the UJI’s Labpsitec in collaboration with the Universitat de Barcelona and the Instituto Carlos III’s CIBERobn, is used to evaluate and monitor the influence of pain in the life of patients with chronic pain and the effectiveness of its treatment, setting itself apart from others by being scientifically validated, as confirmed by the results of the study recently published in the prestigious Clinical Journal of Pain. Read More

Researchers complete myotonic dystrophy treatment research

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Researchers at the Translational Genomics laboratory ( of Valencia University and the INCLIVA health research institute have just discovered a new approach for the treatment of myotonic dystrophy, a rare and incurable neuromuscular disease which does not have specific treatment. Their work has been published in the prestigious ‘Nature Communications’ journal. Read More

Brain cortex neural reservoir analysed

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A study headed by Dr Juan Nácher (of the psychiatric and neurodegenerative illness research group of Valencia University, health research association INCLIVA and mental health research centre CIBERSAM), has shed light on a new function of neural plasticity and confirms the presence of a ‘reservoir’ of neurons which are added to the networks during adult life and not during the developmental stage, as is normally the case. Read More

Gender violence and child maltreatment have a common geographical distribution, pioneering research shows

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A research team from the University of Valencia published a study in PLOS ONE magazine that shows for the first time, with very specific spatial statistical techniques, that the risk of partner violence against women and child maltreatment share a common geographic distribution. The work, carried out in Valencia, also concludes that the neighbourhoods in which these types of violence occur have the same socio-economic characteristics and that only in 10.5% of the areas the two risks do not coincide. Read More

Spanish researchers patent a system for monitoring elderly people in their own homes using mobile devices

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Research staff from the Universitat Jaume I in the fields of information technology, psychology and business have developed a monitoring system based on indoor location using mobile devices. The purpose of this system is to improve the observation of the positioning of elderly people, in their own homes and in a non-intrusive way, from Wi-Fi signals. Read More