The Salusex team of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI), led by Professor Rafael Ballester, and the UJI Hàbitat Saludable programme have carried out a study on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the life of the students of the public university of Castellón. The conclusions highlight the psychological or academic impact that the students have endured as a consequence of the pandemic as well as their exemplary behaviour towards health protection and preventive measures. Read More
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a social problem and the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on the well-being, autonomy and health of women exposed to this situation. In this sense, the results of a project on gender violence and social and health responses during the COVID-19 crisis, led by University of Alicante (UA) researcher Carmen Vives-Cases, report that during the months of lockdown there was an increase in psychological and sexual violence. This data translates into an increase in demands for psychological care, accompaniment, listening and help to cover the basic needs of women and their children, such as housing, food, etc. Read More
A study carried out by professors Juan Antonio Rodríguez, Enric Sigalat and Ricard Calvo, from the departments of Social Work, Sociology and Social Anthropology of the University of Valencia, has analysed the problem of depopulation in the Serranía del Turia and El Rincón de Ademuz. They propose a decalogue of measures in which the gender and age of the residents is key.
Research staff have shown that metformin, an efficient drug against type-2 diabetes, can improve the mitochondrial function in patients with this disease. Read More
The Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio), a joint centre of the University of Valencia and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has developed a procedure that increases the sensitivity to detect viruses in blood samples from healthy people, in addition to reducing the effect of contaminations. The research, published in Scientific Reports, also describes 28 potentially new species of anellovirus, a family present in numerous animal species, but for which no clear associations with specific pathologies have been detected to date.
Salvador Herrero, a researcher at the Department of Genetics of the University of Valencia (UV), and Laila Gasmi, a doctorate at the institution, in collaboration with research groups from Japan, Canada and South Korea, have discovered a new family of genes present in most insect-infecting DNA viruses, which have integrated multiple times into the genomes of their host and have given them protection against certain groups of parasitoid wasps. The work was published recently in journal Science.
Children and teenagers who have had direct contact with COVID-19 have more problems with anxiety, social anxiety and depression. Read More
Fernando Prados, researcher at the University of Alicante Institute for Research in Archaeology and Historical Heritage (INAPH) and director of the Modular Project: Phoenician-Punic Architecture, has described the discoveries made during this sixth season of the project, at the site of Son Catlar, in Ciutadella, Menorca, as «outstanding». Read More
The Electoral Processes and Public Opinion Research Group (GIPEyOP) of the University of Valencia has created the most comprehensive database on Spanish election results to date. The tool, called SEA, was presented recently in a scientific article published in ‘Scientific Data’, a journal from the ‘Nature’ group. Read More
Scientists from the Desertification Research Institute (CIDE, CSIC-UV-GVA) and the Segura Centre for Soil Science and Applied Biology (CEBAS, CSIC) verify that using a single dropper-holder line would optimise the use of water in persimmon and lemon trees. The study contributes to establish guidelines to improve the agronomic design of irrigation, facilitate cultivation work and even achieve increases in production.