Biomedicine and Health

At what point do different areas of the sole of the foot feel discomfort?

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The Department of Physiotherapy of the University of Valencia, in collaboration with the Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia, has determined the limit pressure point to which different parts of the foot can be subjected before feeling discomfort. These values vary depending on age, gender, or body mass index. The base of the big toe is the weakest part, and the heel is the area that holds the most pressure. Around the age of 65 there is a turning point with respect to pain tolerance in the sole of the foot. As a novelty, this study has focused on discomfort, a precursor to pain, unlike other research that has looked at the point where pain begins. Read More

New method helps detect biocontaminants that are easily transmitted in water and used in industry

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Carolina Belenguer and EnricPellicer, from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Valencia, have developed in the last year a new method for the detection of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in environmental water samples. It is an innovation of great importance because it facilitates the detection of these persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are harmful to the environment and human health, and are the causes of the development of certain types of cancer. Read More

Statistical study shows the geographical inequalities of 16 causes of mortality in Spain

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Miguel Ángel Martínez, professor at the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Valencia (UV) is the coordinator of MEDEA3, a statistical study on the geographical distribution of mortality from 16 causes in 26 Spanish cities of 11 autonomous communities. The initiative, which has resulted in an interactive atlas of mortality and that 13 research groups from 36 institutions have taken part, concludes that a single geographic pattern dominates the pattern of all diseases or causes of death. Read More

New device enables guided biopsies in real time and to personalise the treatment of any type of cancer

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A team from the Gamma and Neutron Spectroscopy Group of the Corpuscular Physics Institute (IFIC) has patented a new device for real-time guided biopsies, with direct application in any type of cancer that requires a biopsy and whose process must be carried out using ultrasound. The system makes it possible to personalise the treatment, reduces the number of biopsies, and reduces costs by facilitating its insertion in the market. Read More