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Paolo Rossi Castelli 22 July 2021 8 min

How an altered gene triggers Motor Neurone Disease (ALS)

A team of researchers has shed light on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, an illness which gradually paralyses muscles and currently has no effective cure.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 15 July 2021 6 min

A new strategy for tumours: “suffocation”

The HIF-1α gene helps melanoma and other forms of cancer to develop when there is very little oxygen. If deactivated, the tumour cells cannot survive.
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Catterina Seia 13 July 2021 10 min

Healing through music

Studies are increasingly showing that sound and music stimulate and regulate emotions, attention, cognitive functions, communication and behaviour.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 8 July 2021 6 min

Genetic “bullets” against cystic fibrosis

An experimental treatment is being analysed. Small molecules called oligonucleotides appear capable of repairing some of the damage caused by the illness.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 1 July 2021 7 min

New drug blocks the HIV virus in advance

Tests in the United States with a monoclonal antibody that ‘inhibits’ the protein used by the virus to enter cells.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 24 June 2021 7 min

Hope for blindness from a seaweed protein

Its name is opsin. When put into the eye of a patient with retinitis pigmentosa, it enabled recovery of the sight of the shape of some articles.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 17 June 2021 7 min

Stories reduce pain - here’s the proof

A research clearly shows the effects of ‘storytelling’ on a group of children in the Intensive Care Unit of a Brazilian hospital.
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Catterina Seia 15 June 2021 12 min

The healing power of cinema

Cinema as a means of rehabilitation for caregivers, from a recent study undertaken during the pandemic.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 11 June 2021 6 min

Anti-cancer cures using Covid vaccine techniques

Swiss researchers have inserted instructions into a virus to reach the tumour and prompt it to generate a molecule which in turn eradicates the tumour.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 3 June 2021 8 min

Florida, a genetic battle with the mosquito (not without controversy)

Experiments (genes alteration) against Aedes aegypti , responsible for transmitting diseases such as Zika and Dengue, are underway.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 27 May 2021 6 min

Two DNA “switches” extend life (a great deal)

Researchers have mapped the genetic code of people aged over 105, in search of the secrets of a very long life.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 20 May 2021 6 min

At last, an effective vaccine against malaria

Published the preliminary results for a new drug against malaria that showed 77% of vaccinated children were immune.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 13 May 2021 7 min

US honey shows traces of 1950s nuclear arms tests

Radioactive substances left in the atmosphere by atomic experiments aren’t hazardous, but they are still there seven decades later.
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Catterina Seia 11 May 2021 9 min

Art makes me feel better

A recent report eprovides a snapshot of how the arts have enabled individuals face the pandemic in Europe.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 6 May 2021 7 min

The Covid Effect: silence returns to the ocean’s depths

The drastic drop in maritime traffic has led to a considerable reduction of noise in the oceans. 2020 has been declared “Year of the Quiet Ocean”.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 29 April 2021 6 min

Mapping the viruses that can make the “jump”

A new archive catalogues infective microorganisms typically found in wild fauna and which seem capable of passing to other species, including man.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 22 April 2021 7 min

Space bacteria for astronaut “farmers”

Three unknown strains have been identified on the International Space Station orbiting Earth.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 8 April 2021 5 min

New vaccine against “difficult” brain tumours

For the first time, a vaccine targeting one of the most difficult forms of brain cancer to treat namely diffuse glioma, has proven to be effective and safe
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