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The health risks of chemicals in swimming pools

Swimming in chlorinated indoor pools can cause genotoxic effects (DNA damage) and respiratory problems, according to a study coordinated by researchers from the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology and the Hospital del Mar Research Institute in Barcelona.


A genetic test for increased risk of heart attack

Apart from the classic risk factors such as obesity, smoking, hypertension or arteriosclerosis, the presence of nine alternations in the genome of an individual have been associated with an increased risk of ischemic heart disease.


Exposure to tobacco smoke oxidizes muscle proteins

Researchers at Respiratory Disease Center (CIBERES) of the Hospital del Mar-IMIM and the Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS of Barcelona discovered that chronic exposure to cigarette smoke is linked to the oxidation of muscle proteins.


A breakthrough in the battle against lupus and rheumatoid arthritis

The Hospital del Mar Research Institute in Barcelona has discovered a new mechanism of antibody production, which opens the door to new treatments for autoimmune diseases and tumors of the immune system. The study’s findings are the result of a joint project between the Catalan hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and have been published in the journal Nature Immunology.

STAFF | AUGUST 3, 2010

An international outcry to stop Bisphenol A

The pizza we eat has more ingredients than just oregano, cheese and ham. It is very likely to also carry a certain amount of Bisphenol A, especially if it has been delivered to us at home in a recycled cardboard box.

JULY 26, 2010

@neurIST, optimization and treatment of the brain aneurysms

On Thursday the 18th of March the results of the @neurIST European project for optimization and the treatment of brain aneurysms was presented as part of the celebration of 'The World of IT Health', held in Barcelona from the 15th to the 18th of March. @neurIST has developed and united different technologies with the aim of optimizing workflow in medical treatment of patients with brain aneurysms, focusing on improving the treatment of affected and resource optimization. In the future it is intended to implement the system developed by @neurIST on other diseases.

22 March 2010

Establishing the relationship between oxidative stress and loss of muscle mass

Researchers from the Institut Municipal d’Investigació Mèdica (IMIM-Hospital del Mar) have shown the relationship between oxidative cellular stress and loss of muscle mass that occurs at the final stage of some diseases, such as cancer. According to their final hypothesis, oxidative stress increases the susceptibility of degradation of proteins. It is the first time we have conducted a comparative experimental study between different muscles of the limbs and myocardium in animals with cachexia cancer.

Staff | 9 March 2010

The Activa project started its clinical trials on cystic fibrosis

This Saturday, the 6th of March the Casino Masnou (Maresme) will host a scientific activity aimed at boys and girls between 7 and 16 years from the Maresme area. The activity is part of the Activa project, an initiative within the Avanza plan of the Ministry of Industry, coordinated by Jordi Villa, main researcher of the project by the UPF and researcher at the Laboratory of Biophysics and Computational Biochemistry Research Group in Biomedical Informatics ( GRIB) of the UPF-IMIM.

9 March 2010

Epidemiological studies, the discussion of false alarms returns

Epidemiological studies have led to major scientific discoveries, such as the relationship between passive smoking and cancer, but they have their limitations. It is often interpreted that part of their results are true when they are not (false positives) or when they are not certain (false negatives). These alarms can have an impact on the decision taking in public health. To what extent are the studies wrong?

Patricia Morén | 9 March 2010

Visit of the President of Portugal at PRBB

This morning the official visit of Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva took place. From early in the morning until the end of the visit there has been large movement of people in the building because of a large deployment of security devices that usually accompany such acts. Cavaco Silva has arrived accompanied by a delegation of 25 Portuguese and Catalan officials, amongst were the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, José Montilla and the ambassador of Portugal in Spain, Alvaro de Mendouza.

8 March 2010

The president of Portugal will visit the PRBB

The next 5th of March the state visit at the PRBB is scheduled for the President of the Republic of Portugal, HE. Mr. Cavaco Silva, who will also be present in Barcelona at the celebration of the First Iberian Forum (Hispano-Portuguese Energy Forum) at the Lotja de Mar . Mr. Cavaco Silva will be accompanied by the President of the Generalitat, José Montilla .

2 March 2010

Biological data, from Babel to BIANA

A new platform integrates various scattered databases

The chaos of biological data, hitherto scattered in various databases, comes to an end. A new program of free access, BIANA has been made available to scientists and has been put together to facilitate their research. With this new tool, with a Catalan stamp, scientists have at their disposal a wealth of information, they will be able to find new relationships between different biological elements, make predictions and identify new therapeutic targets.

Patricia Morén | 22 February 2010

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