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 1 June 2023 5 min

Hope from an mRNA vaccine against pancreatic cancer

With this new treatment, half of the 16 patients enrolled had no trace of pancreatic cancer (one of the most difficult to treat) after 18 months.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 25 May 2023 16 min

Are there signs of consciousness at the moment of death?

US researchers have measured what happens when unconscious people are 'unplugged' from resuscitation machines after massive heart attacks.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 19 May 2023 16 min

A new frontier in edible electronics: batteries you can eat

sing common food substances, researchers have created a battery that 'produces' a weak electric current but can operate medical devices.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 12 May 2023 16 min

A newborn’s intestine: an unexplored universe

A recent study identified as many as 10,000 virus species, many of them unknown, in the faeces of newborns. It is mainly about phages.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 5 May 2023 15 min

A device the size of a grain of rice to treat tumours

A mini-device able to release special monoclonal antibodies directly into a tumour has been tested in Houston with positive results.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 28 April 2023 16 min

Spider silk to repair damaged nerves

New technique using silk from worms and spiders to create mini-tubules in which nerves can regrow. Positive first results on animals.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 13 April 2023 6 min

Plants complain when under severe stress

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have recorded sounds made by various plant species at frequency inaudible to the human ear. They resemble corn popping.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 6 April 2023 16 min

A mini radar to prevent accidents at home and detect Alzheimer's

The device measures gait in real time and identifies people at risk. It can also help detect early symptoms of Alzheimer's.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 30 March 2023 16 min

Tumour research: after 20 years, new developments in cancer-fighting drugs

Norwegian researchers have developed an experimental drug to attack an important molecule that controls cancer cell duplication.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 23 March 2023 16 min

A new snail-inspired robot

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a gel that can move and record electrical impulses. If damaged, it can reconnect two severed ends.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 17 March 2023 16 min

Lowering high blood pressure: ultrasound is here

Columbia University in New York has successfully tested a technique that can deactivate the nerves responsible for an uncontrolled rise in blood pressure.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 9 March 2023 16 min

AI takes care of dysphonia

A lightweight device, attached to the sternum and connected to an artificial intelligence system, can warn about the risks of using your voice too much.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 2 March 2023 15 min

Mosquitoes: AI sheds light on their behaviour

Thanks to micro-cameras in a special hydrogel, it is possible to study the behaviour of these insects in previously unattainable detail.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 23 February 2023 17 min

ChatGPT AI passes the medical licensing examination in the US

ChatGPT answered 350 questions used in tests for students to qualify for the medical profession. Some hospitals are already using it to rewrite reports.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 16 February 2023 15 min

Preventing and treating glaucoma, a new hi-tech medical device is on the way

Hi-tech contact lenses against glaucoma. This is the latest invention developed by Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea).
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 9 February 2023 16 min

Artificial intelligence in medicine goes straight to the heart

This portable ultrasound scanner for the heart is the same size and as thin as a band-aid. Thanks to AI, the heart muscle can be ‘seen’ in any situation.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 2 February 2023 15 min

How can we interpret new-borns’ ‘random’ movements?

Tracked' the way new-borns' move their arms and legs, apparently for no reason. These are actually brain 'exercises' to explore the surrounding space.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 26 January 2023 15 min

Cyborg bacteria for new cancer treatments

Modified E-coli cells to make them more resistant and able to enter tumours, without replicating. They can also be used for a range of other purposes.
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