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Biomedicine and Health

Researchers demonstrate for the first time the influence of pheromonal signals on memory generated in the hippocampus

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The work, published recently in Nature Communications, used a model of rodents and managed to connect for the first time the influence of feronomic signals on memory. This will make it possible to explore the deficits of integration of spatial memories and social studies in transgenic models of Alzheimer’s disease in the future. The research, directed by professors Enrique Lanuza (Faculty of Biological Sciences) and Vicent Teruel Martí (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry), has been carried out entirely by research staff from the University of Valencia.

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Researchers design a protocol to improve the detection of viruses in blood samples from healthy people

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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.

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Neuromuscular electrostimulation tested in elderly stroke patients for the motor recovery of their hand

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The University of Valencia (UV), in collaboration with FISABIO and the Doctor Peset University Hospital, has conducted a randomised clinical trial comparing the effects of two neuromuscular electrostimulation (EENM) protocols with different frequencies on the motor impairment of the hand in older patients after a stroke. The study looked at whether changes in hand deficits – such as strength or muscle tone – were related to patients’ day-to-day functionality.

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Reduced traffic during lockdown did not improve air quality in urban areas as much as expected

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Two studies led by María Morales Suárez Varela, group leader of the CIBERESP at the University of Valencia and professor of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the academic institution, have evaluated the impact of mobility restrictions on air quality and polluting emissions, in Valencia and in three Italian cities. “The lockdown measures improved air quality in urban areas, but not as much as expected given the alleged contribution of traffic to ambient air pollution”, explains the researcher. Read More

Research paves the way for possible therapeutic targets for the treatment of liver fibrosis

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Research by the University of Valencia, CIBERehd and FISABIO offers an exhaustive analysis of the different published studies on autophagy, a cellular process involved in liver fibrosis. The work addresses the different aspects of a scientific dichotomy in this field and paves the way for the search for possible therapeutic targets for the treatment and prevention of the disease. The article is The Journal of Pathology’s cover story. Read More