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SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being

Devices help predict seizures and treat patients with epilepsy
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Devices help predict seizures and treat patients with epilepsy

Implantable devices which could improve the quality of patients’ lives – Australian-made and still under tests – were presented to the congress of BRAINN, a FAPESP-funded Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center.


Startup uses light to treat pain
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Startup uses light to treat pain

Brazilian tech startup Bright Photomedicine is also testing the anti-inflammatory and neurological action of photobiomodulation.


Overweight adolescents are approximately as likely to develop heart disorders as obese adolescents
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Overweight adolescents are approximately as likely to develop heart disorders as obese adolescents

Brazilian researchers arrived at this conclusion after conducting cardiovascular fitness tests with boys and girls aged 10-17. The results were published in Cardiology in the Young.


Enzyme may indicate predisposition to cardiovascular disease
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Enzyme may indicate predisposition to cardiovascular disease

Study suggests that people with low levels of PDIA1 in blood plasma may be at high risk of thrombosis; this group also investigated PDIA1’s specific interactions in cancer.


Study may help prevent relapse in cocaine use disorder patients
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Study may help prevent relapse in cocaine use disorder patients

Brazilian researchers combined cognitive dysfunction tests with an analysis of drug use patterns to identify patients at high risk of relapse after treatment


Biosensor detects gluten in the diet of patients with celiac disease
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Biosensor detects gluten in the diet of patients with celiac disease

Device developed by Spanish researchers detects the presence of the gluten peptide most resistant to digestion in urine samples. The operation is as simple as that of a drugstore pregnancy test.


Healthy habits could avoid 27% of cancer cases in Brazil
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Healthy habits could avoid 27% of cancer cases in Brazil

A study by Brazilian researchers in partnership with Harvard estimates the impact of five risk factors on the incidence of cancer– physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, overweight, smoking and alcohol consumption.


Biochemical compound responsible for blood pressure drop in sepsis is discovered
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Biochemical compound responsible for blood pressure drop in sepsis is discovered

International research group demonstrates the involvement of singlet molecular oxygen in vasodilation, causing a sharp decline in blood pressure in severe inflammatory processes such as sepsis.


New molecule maps cerebrovascular system
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New molecule maps cerebrovascular system

Peptide developed in Brazil is capable of binding to the blood-brain barrier that protects the central nervous system and could help create novel imaging tests to diagnose Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.


Bactericidal action of violacein revealed
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Bactericidal action of violacein revealed

Violet pigment produced by microorganisms found in the environment, such as Chromobacterium violaceum, displays various biological activities.


Innovative technology to treat skin cancer awaits approval by Brazil’s national health service
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Innovative technology to treat skin cancer awaits approval by Brazil’s national health service

The Center for Research in Optics and Photonics, supported by FAPESP, has developed a device for the noninvasive treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer, the most frequent type worldwide.


Study highlights anti-tumor activity of curcumin on stomach cancer
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Study highlights anti-tumor activity of curcumin on stomach cancer

A review article authored by Brazilian researchers evaluated several compounds with therapeutic potential against gastric tumors.


Pigment produced by aquatic bacteria combats prostate cancer
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Pigment produced by aquatic bacteria combats prostate cancer

Novel therapy developed in Israel uses a laser-activated photosensitizing drug to attack early-stage prostate cancer, according to a presentation delivered to an international event on biophotonics supported by FAPESP.


Oral health problems affect half of adults aged 35-44 surveyed in São Paulo State
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Oral health problems affect half of adults aged 35-44 surveyed in São Paulo State

Survey covering 163 municipalities showed that toothache, bleeding and periodontal disease affected 50.57% of respondents, a proportion considered high by specialists.


Mutations responsible for rare type of lymphoma have been discovered
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Mutations responsible for rare type of lymphoma have been discovered

Present in the most aggressive cases of a disease known as SPTCL and accounting for 60% of all cases, these mutations make the immune system attack the organism instead of protecting it.


Study identifies new functions of molecule involved in melanoma
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Study identifies new functions of molecule involved in melanoma

A long noncoding RNA protects cancer cells and increases their proliferation. The discovery could lead to treatment for drug-resistant types of melanoma.


Biophotonic therapy eliminates bacteria and viruses from organs before transplantation
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Biophotonic therapy eliminates bacteria and viruses from organs before transplantation

Method developed by scientists in Brazil and Canada can prevent transmission of diseases to organ recipients.


Growth hormone acts to prevent weight loss
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Growth hormone acts to prevent weight loss

A Brazilian study shows that, like leptin, growth hormone contributes directly to energy conservation when the body loses weight.


Compound that kills drug-resistant fungi is isolated from ant microbiota
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Compound that kills drug-resistant fungi is isolated from ant microbiota

A project conducted by researchers in Brazil and the US investigated bacteria living in symbiosis with insects as a source for novel drugs.


Intestinal bacteria can be used to predict occurrence of colorectal cancer
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Intestinal bacteria can be used to predict occurrence of colorectal cancer

By identifying signature of 16 disease-related microbial species, this international study with Brazilian participation may contribute to develop predictive tests valid for populations with different dietary cultures.


Computer app helps treat depression in older adults
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Computer app helps treat depression in older adults

Brazilian and British scientists are testing a software tool that could lower the cost of providing care to elderly patients with depression.


Neglected diseases continue to require attention despite progress
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Neglected diseases continue to require attention despite progress

Few novel drugs have been developed to treat neglected diseases in recent decades, Brazilian researchers warn.


Experiments with roundworms suggest alternatives for the treatment of schizophrenia
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Experiments with roundworms suggest alternatives for the treatment of schizophrenia

Researchers used C. elegans as an animal model to investigate the importance of certain human genes for the treatment of schizophrenia.


Drug used to control cholesterol found effective against cancer-associated cachexia
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Drug used to control cholesterol found effective against cancer-associated cachexia

Experiments with mice suggest that treatment with atorvastatin can attenuate adipose tissue remodeling, leading to rapid weight loss and muscle atrophy.


Chemical probe can help regulate an essential signaling pathway in cells
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Chemical probe can help regulate an essential signaling pathway in cells

Researchers affiliated with the Structural Genomics Consortium in Brazil control a cellular communication pathway using chemical compounds that inhibit the kinase AAK1.


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