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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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Paolo Rossi Castelli 18 February 2022 19 min

“This is how we reactivated the spinal cord”

These are the words of Silvestro Micera, head of the bioengineering section of a project, which has allowed three paraplegics to begin to walk again.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 10 February 2022 15 min

Magnesium helps immunotherapy for tumours

Encouraging results of a study from Basel. Magnesium activates a protein on the outer wall of T lymphocytes, essential for boosting defences.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 3 February 2022 16 min

A marker to measure depression

A blood test can determine the activity of a key molecule in depressive disorders and the effect of treatment, without having to wait weeks or months.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 27 January 2022 16 min

More ‘tailored’ vaccines for dog allergies

Japanese researchers have managed to pinpoint spots on certain molecules produced by dogs that are the strongest allergens. Possible new vaccines.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 20 January 2022 17 min

Type 1 diabetes: new stem cell treatments

Positive results for a technique tested on 26 patients by a team of international researchers. The cells differentiate in six months and produce insulin.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 13 January 2022 5 min

A cure for astronauts’ eyes

Successfully tested a sleeping bag that returns fluids to the feet in absence of gravity, preventing them from accumulating in the skull and damaging eyes.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 5 January 2022 6 min

A molecule that illuminates ovarian cancer

US health authorities have given the ok to Pafolacianine, a drug that binds to a protein found in ovarian cancer cells and allows surgeons to identify them
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 29 December 2021 5 min

A new pain-relief strategy from Arizona

A molecule (currently known as 194) has been identified that seems to be as powerful as opiates, but without the negative effects ( non-addictive).
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 16 December 2021 5 min

Two new strategies to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Two new trials to fight Alzheimer have produced successful results. These are a vaccine and a soluble form of beta amyloid protein typical of Alzheimer’s.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 13 December 2021 4 min

New molecules regenerate nerve fibres

Breakthrough results have been achieved in the USA. It is still early days for using on spinal injuries, but it seems to offer promising research potential
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 2 December 2021 5 min

ALS, a new technique to block the wrong DNA

A therapy that can prevent DNA from copying genetic traits that may lead to hereditary forms of ALS has been successfully tested (so far only in the lab).
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 25 November 2021 6 min

Is sleep really only good for the brain?

New studies reveal that even living beings with no nervous system need to sleep. Other parts of the body are affected like immune and digestive systems.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 18 November 2021 5 min

A 'liquid' vest to measure breath

Researchers have created a high-tech fabric that can detect slightest vibration. It will be useful for athletes, singers, and patients in rehabilitation.
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