Paolo Rossi Castelli

Journalist since 1983, Paolo has been dealing with scientific divulgation for years, especially in the fields of medicine and biology. He is the creator of Sportello Cancro, the site created by on oncology in collaboration with the Umberto Veronesi Foundation. He collaborated with the pages of the Science of Corriere della Sera for several years. He is the founder and director of PRC-Comunicare la scienza.

Blog Post by Paolo Rossi Castelli

Paolo Rossi Castelli 30 June 2022 18 min

Liver transplants are ok even with ‘rejected’ organs

A liver rejected by specialised centres has been ‘reconditioned’ using a special technique and transplanted. The patient who received it is doing well.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 23 June 2022 19 min

The heart: a pacemaker that can be reabsorbed

A highly innovative prototype controlled and powered wirelessly by a network of sensors in special patches has been created at Northwestern University.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 15 June 2022 16 min

Brain tumours: a major genetic map

An extremely precise profile of meningiomas, which account for 30% of all brain tumours, has been created. The first experimental tests with a new drug.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 9 June 2022 18 min

Are ‘viral ghosts’ the cause of Long Covid?

Fragments of the SARS-CoV-2 virus remain in the intestines of some people affected by the long version of the disease, causing a range of side effects.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 2 June 2022 18 min

Robotics and medicine: 'Millirobot' has been created to bring medicine to the intestine.

A new technique has been developed in the field of robotics and medicine. A microscopic robot walks into the digestive tract, to release medication.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 26 May 2022 17 min

The gene that triggers lupus has been identified

A DNA mutation causes the TLR7 protein to malfunction, triggering errors in the immune system and the lupus disease.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 19 May 2022 17 min

A biomarker to discover liver tumours

Fragments of RNA lost in the blood by cancer cells appear to reveal the presence of liver cancer at an early stage when it can still be treated effectively
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 12 May 2022 16 min

LED lights from rice waste

Researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan have developed a technique to sustainably use the large amounts of silicon contained in manufacturing waste.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 5 May 2022 17 min

Are the symptoms of autism already evident during pregnancy?

Two U.S. studies reveal that the insula and amygdala in the brain are enlarged in the early months of gestation in autistic children.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 28 April 2022 18 min

A Super-microscope instead of biopsies

Innovative equipment developed by Columbia University. Oncology surgeons will be able to obtain a real-time map of tumour tissues without taking samples.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 22 April 2022 18 min

When humans infect animals

‘Spillback’ is when human pathogens mutate and affect other species, and almost a hundred cases have been recorded in the last twenty years.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 7 April 2022 17 min

Super-insulin from sea snails

Conus snails produce extremely fast-acting insulin, which they use to paralyse their prey. If suitably modified this molecule may be useful for diabetics.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 31 March 2022 16 min

Music and audio beats against anxiety

A study by Ryerson University shows that sounds with a pre-set frequency and volume, combined with music chosen by AI, tangibly enhance the calming effect.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 24 March 2022 16 min

The brain lives on for 30 seconds after death

An unexpected discovery made by an international team, examining the results of an EEG on an elderly patient, who died while the test was in progress.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 17 March 2022 17 min

A new gene therapy for Mediterranean anaemia

A new gene therapy for Mediterranean anaemia. Genetic engineering techniques are employed to repair diseased blood stem cells.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 10 March 2022 17 min

A 'bio-hybrid' fish helps study the heart

The little artificial fish contains two layers of human heart cells, which contract to create a sophisticated model of how the heart also moves.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 3 March 2022 15 min

A genetic migraine map has been developed

An international consortium has analysed data from 873,000 people and identified 123 DNA areas linked to the headaches. Possible more effective drugs.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 24 February 2022 16 min

Researchers identify possible ‘drivers’ of muscular dystrophy.

Sphingolipids are molecules that appear to play a major role in the disease. If studies are confirmed it may pave the way for new and more effective drugs.
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