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Health - Pharmacology - 23.11.2022
Diabetes: do some sport!
Diabetes: do some sport!
Regular exercise may protect pancreatic beta cells from stresses that contribute to diabetes. Researchers from the ULB Center for Diabete Research observed this in a study published in Diabetologia . Diabetes is characterized by a progressive loss of pancreatic beta cells, the same cells that produce insulin and thus maintain the right level of sugar in the blood.

Pharmacology - Health - 03.05.2022
Antibiotics impact gut microbiome and antimicrobial resistance
Antibiotics impact gut microbiome and antimicrobial resistance
Antibiotics are commonly used to treat infections and ensure the safety of surgical procedures. However, their overuse has led to the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria, resulting in an -arms race- whereby ever more potent drugs are becoming a necessity.

Health - Pharmacology - 21.04.2022
The why behind mild COVID-19
All-Luxembourg study helps to anticipate a personal COVID-19 health trajectory From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of published studies have focused on severe COVID-19 patients in order to understand the causes of critical illness. However, it is equally, if not more important to understand the protective immune factors in our body.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.04.2022
B or not to B: Insights in the regulation of anti-viral immunity
Researchers delve into the inner workings of the antibody immune response, finding key differences in the metabolism of two closely related immune cell subsets. Protection against viral diseases is a key role of our body's immune response, where antibodies are generated to seek out invading species and either neutralise or mark them for destruction.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.03.2022
VUB spin-off Lavima Fertility develops novel fertility treatment that reduces risks and burden
Couples unable to get pregnant naturally often resort to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to fulfil their desire to have children. To obtain mature eggs for IVF, women typically undergo ovarian stimulation with hormones which can be very burdensome. A team of scientists of the Follicle Biology (FOBI) Research Laboratory at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in collaboration with the UZ Brussel fertility clinic has succeeded in developing a novel method for In Vitro Maturation (IVM) of oocytes, called CAPA-IVM.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.02.2022
VUB professor Bart Neyns takes initiative to establish Cancer Survivor Center
World Cancer Day, 4 February: Ex-cancer patients have to get used to life again Cancer patients who have survived serious treatment and are free of the disease often suffer an enormous psychological blow afterwards and find it difficult to pick up the thread of life again.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.02.2022
Four out of ten cancer survivors suffer from chronic pain
VUB research suggests pain education and lifestyle are important components of a multimodal approach to treat persistent pain Friday, February 4, 2022 — 4 February is #WorldCancerDay After cancer treatment, many patients continue to suffer from pain. About four out of ten cancer survivors have chronic pain complaints.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.02.2022
Amino acid proline key to promising new treatment strategy for myeloma patients
World Cancer Day, 4 February: Award-winning research on incurable blood cancer Researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, led by Eline Menu, have investigated how changes in metabolism contribute to cancer resistance and relapse.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.02.2022
Predictive model should avoid need for surgery in rectal cancer
Two research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have established a collaboration in which they predict the response to the standard treatment for rectal cancer based on medical images (e.g.

Health - Pharmacology - 30.01.2022
Lactic acid weakens anti-tumour defences
In cancer research, it has long been known that lactic acid, or lactate, is produced in large quantities by cancer cells and that this lactic acid disrupts our defence against tumours.