An implant to prevent Alzheimer’s

In a cutting-edge treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, EPFL scientists have developed an implantable capsule that can turn the patient’s immune system against the disease._EPFL

Health—an explicit human right

“The past year severely tested the international system’s capacity to respond to crises and mass forced displacements of people, and found it woefully inadequate.” So begins Amnesty International’s annual report for 2015, The state of the world’s human rights, published last week. __The Lancet – Editorial

Regular aspirin use found to protect against overall cancer risk

An analysis of data from two major, long-term epidemiologic studies finds that the regular use of aspirin significantly reduces the overall risk of cancer, a reduction that primarily reflects a lower risk of colorectal cancer and other tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. __MGH News

Scientists «break the ice» on organ banking

Hebrew University researchers develop a solution for long-term preservation of cells and organs for transplant, as part of a global alliance to bank organs__The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Brain, body and mind: understanding consciousness

This isn’t new technology – the first animal EEG was published a century ago – but computational neuroscientist Chennu has come up with a way of combining its output with a branch of maths called graph theory to measure the level of a person’s consciousness. What’s more, he’s developing the technology as a bedside device for doctors to diagnose patients suffering from consciousness disorders (such as a vegetative state caused by injury or stroke) to work out the best course of action and to support family counselling._ The University of Cambridge

Breaking the vicious circle of heart failure

In patients with heart failure, the pumping power of the heart decreases in a fatal downward spiral. Pharmacologists at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have now succeeded in breaking this vicious circle in the mouse model. Their approach could one day also benefit humans
News release • February 19, 2016 • ETH Zurich • By Fabio Bergamin