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Health - Life Sciences - 26.10.2018
Novel method to block immunosuppression in cancer
( 26-10-2018 ) Belgian researchers elucidated the three-dimensional structure of an assembly of proteins operating on cells that dampen immune responses. They also discovered how an antibody can block this assembly and the immunosuppression it induces downstream. Such an antibody could serve to stimulate immunity against tumor cells in cancer patients, triggering the destruction of their tumors by immune cells.

Health - Physics - 25.10.2018
Novel method to block immunosuppression in cancer
Belgian research groups from the UCLouvain and WELBIO, VIB and Ghent University, and the biotechnology company argenx elucidated the three-dimensional structure of an assembly of proteins operating on cells that dampen immune responses. They also discovered how an antibody can block this assembly and the immunosuppression it induces downstream.

Health - Media - 15.10.2018
Dr Google is no panacea when it comes to patient empowerment
VUB thesis exposes power dynamic in doctor-patient relations The internet as a source of information about health is no panacea for creating patient empowerment. That's the conclusion reached by Edgard Eeckman in the doctoral thesis he defended at VUB's Communication Science faculty. He researched the power balance in the doctor-patient relationship and the influence of online and offline information about health, in a study that reveals the power dynamics associated with being ill.

Health - 25.09.2018
Cooking shows can encourage healthy eating behaviour
Cooking shows can encourage healthy eating behaviour
Television programmes about cooking, famous chefs and their dishes are very popular among both young and old. Research conducted at the universities of Antwerp and Leuven has now shown that cooking programmes aimed specifically at children often feature unhealthy dishes. But the study also found that seeing good examples on screen encourages children to eat more healthily.

Health - Environment - 20.09.2018
The hidden costs of cobalt mining in DR Congo
Cobalt mining comes at a great cost to public health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New research reveals that children are particularly vulnerable: their urine and blood samples contain high concentrations of cobalt and other metals. In past years, the demand for cobalt has been on the increase due to its many applications.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.09.2018
Fighting oxidative stressáto treat cartilage, brain and bone disease
KU Leuven researchers have discovered a novel mechanism that prevents oxidative stress and therefore provides protection against joint, brain and bone diseases. When the cells in our body have a normal metabolism, this results in the production of chemically reactive molecules that contain oxygen, also called reactive oxygen species.

Health - 06.09.2018
New instrument in the making that facilitates blood collection in developing countries
Conditions in developing countries often make it difficult to properly diagnose people. That's why a simple yet accurate technology is needed that can be used on the spot. Researchers at KU Leuven are developing a flexible chip that is able to detect infections and viruses in the blood.

Life Sciences - Health - 30.08.2018
Discovery of long-lived macrophages in the intestine
Macrophages are specialised immune cells that destroy bacteria and other harmful organisms. KU Leuven scientists have come to the surprising conclusion that some macrophages in the intestines of mice canásurvive for quite some time. Most importantly, these long-lived macrophages are vital for the survivaláof the nerve cells of the gastrointestinal tract.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.07.2018
Therapy-resistant cancers once again made sensitive to treatment
Far too often, cancer cells manage to become resistant to doctors' treatments. Researchers at KU Leuven have now discovered a new mechanism that makes cancer cells more resistant to therapy. Fortunately, they also came up with a way to by-pass this problem. Their research was published Communications.

Health - 25.07.2018
Transplanted kidney survives longer
The lifespan of a transplant kidney has significantly improved over the last thirty years. Between 1986 and 1995, 75% of the transplanted kidneys still functioned five years after the transplant. Between 2006 and 2015, this number had already risen to 84%. However, an international study lead by kidney specialist Maarten Naesens of KU Leuven shows that the progress is stagnating.

Life Sciences - Health - 14.05.2018
UCL discovers a bacterial shield against the immune system
A major discovery at UCL in the fight against bacterial infections: Jean-Franšois Collet and his team have discovered a new protein, CnoX, which plays a major role in defending bacteria against our immune system. Thanks to this discovery, UCL researchers will be able to develop a system that neutralises this protein and thus weakens the defence of bacteria against immune system attacks and contributes to the development of new antibiotics.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.05.2018
Scientists uncover new genetic cause of lupus
Researchers and clinicians at VIB, KU Leuven and University Hospitals Leuven have identified a genetic mutation that causes a rare form of the autoimmune disease lupus. They discovered the mutation in one Belgian family's DNA. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues.

Life Sciences - Health - 19.04.2018
Let’s talk about sex chromosomes and stem cells
Scientists from KU Leuven and UCLA reveal why male and female cells behave differently after being reprogrammed into stem cells. Using a patient's skin cells to restore his vision? Thanks to a promising technique known as cell reprogramming, this science fiction scenario may soon become reality. The technique allows scientists to make stem cells from, for instance, a patient's skin cells.

Life Sciences - Health - 09.03.2018
Newly described process in Parkinson’s protein as a potential new therapy route
Approximately 4 million people worldwide currently suffer from Parkinson's disease, and this number is only expected to increase. The most frequent genetic causes of the illness are mutations in the gene responsible for controlling the production of protein LRRK2, which includes two enzymes: a kinase and a GTPase.

Life Sciences - Health - 08.03.2018
Got the message? Your brainwaves will tell
The new technique was developed by Professor Tom Francart and his colleagues from the Department of Neurosciences at KU Leuven in collaboration with the University of Maryland. It will allow for a more accurate diagnosis of patients who cannot actively participate in a speech understanding testábecause they're too young, for instance, or because they're in a coma.

Life Sciences - Health - 19.02.2018
Fifteen new genes identified that shape our face
Researchers from KU Leuven and the universities of Pittsburgh, Stanford, and Penn State (US) have identified fifteen genes that determine our facial features. The findings were published. Our DNA determines what we look like, including our facial features. That appeals to the popular imagination, as the potential applications are obvious.

Health - 14.02.2018
Heavy bones, low body weight: scientists discover new link between bone cells and blood sugar level
Bone cells do not just form new bone, they also influence the blood sugar level. Leuven scientists have now discovered a new mechanism that controls this link. The metabolism of bone cells determines how much sugar they use; if the bone cells consume more sugar than normal, this can lower the glucose level in the blood.

Health - 31.01.2018
Do stress and burnout stand in the way of our sex lives?
Vrije Universiteit Brussel launches a new study into the influence of stress and burnout on the quality of our relationships and sexual experiences. "The pressure on our personal lives nowadays is so significant that inevitably has consequences on our sexual wellbeing. Recent studies have shown that our sexual activity has diminished to 2-3 times per month," researcher and sexologist Bert Van Puyenbroeck of Vrije Universiteit Brussel explains.

Health - 22.01.2018
Treating eczema could also alleviate asthma
The findings are an important next step in understanding the relationship between the two inflammatory diseases and to developing effective therapies. Scientists from VIB-UGent have discovered insights for a possible new therapy for eczema that also reduces the severity of asthma. The findings are an important next step in understanding the relationship between the two inflammatory diseases and to developing effective therapies.

Life Sciences - Health - 12.01.2018
Stem cell researchers develop new method to study neurodegenerative diseases in the lab
KU Leuven scientists present a new way to generate oligodendrocytes, building blocks of the brain that play a crucial role in neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and ALS. The method makes it much easier to study these cells and explore their therapeutic potential. KU Leuven scientists present a new way to generate oligodendrocytes, building blocks of the brain that play a crucial role in neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and ALS.

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