Valencia researchers analyse worldwide anaesthetic-caused deaths in animals

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Veterinary Anaesthesiology professor of Valencia’s CEU UCH University, José Ignacio Redondo, has conducted an international study on the anaesthetic-caused death rates in cats and dogs, which he recently submitted before the World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology, held in Valencia. The results come from analysing up to 16,000 cases provided by 146 veterinary clinics from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Argentina, Australia and Spain, among other countries, which voluntarily collaborated in the study. The reduction in deaths due to anaesthesia among dogs and cats and the safety of the protocols used by veterinarians, between the pre-anaesthesia phase and the 48 hours following extubation, stand out among the study’s results. Read More

Plants prove to be efficient antifungal factories

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Researchers of the Institute of Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP), a mixed centre of the Valencia Polytechnic University (UPV) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in collaboration with the Centre of Agrigenomic Research (CRAG) of the CSIC, the government of Catalunya, the Authonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Barcelona; and the Institute of Food Agrochemistry and Technology (IATA) of the CSIC, have been able to efficiently produce antifungal proteins in plants, based on a modified tobacco mosaic virus. The results of this research, which could have a great impact in the agri-food industry, have been published in the Plant Biotechnology Journal. Read More

Functional capacity of haemodialysis patients assessed for the first time

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Over two million people receive haemodialysis treatment worldwide. Their forced physical inactivity for hours while they receive the treatment several times a week, as well as the muscular atrophy derived from the chronic kidney disease, affects their physical condition, and affects them during activities as common as walking or standing up after sitting in a chair. Several studies have shown the efficacy of exercise during haemodialysis sessions, including those published by the Physical Therapy Group of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia, Spain. Now, this team, headed by professor Eva Segura, has evaluated three physical condition tests that are typically used to study exercise during haemodialysis to determine their suitability for these patients. Read More

Experts and students from 14 European countries analyse nurses’ role in prescription and dispensation of medications

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The University of Alicante has joined the European project DeMoPhaC (Development of a model for nurses’ role in interprofessional pharmaceutical care) to establish a common framework for nursing professionals in interprofessional pharmaceutical care. A preliminary study on 3,300 European nurses, doctors and pharmacists found that greater involvement of nursing professionals in pharmaceutical care would have a positive impact. Read More