The trek to save many women from cervical cancer

Home-test kits and mobile labs for detecting a tumour in tissue near the uterus are improving healthcare in remote or marginalised communities. By Vittoria D’Alessio Magdalena Rothova is on the frontline of a fight in the EU to reduce deaths from cervical cancer, which tens of thousands of women in Europe develop each year. She … Read more

Brain-harming chemicals seen in clearer light with fresh findings

EU researchers have identified new ways that certain substances can interfere with people’s hormone system and brain development. By Gareth Willmer Professor Joëlle Rüegg is breaking new ground in a quest to learn more about how everyday chemicals can impair brain development in people, including infants, by interfering with their hormones. An expert in environmental … Read more

Nuptials notice: foods and robots are getting married

Edible electronics are being developed to assist rescue operations and go inside hospital patients, setting the stage for all-consuming tech to become consumable. By  Anthony King Professor Dario Floreano is a Swiss-Italian roboticist and engineer engaged in a bold research venture: the creation of edible robots and digestible electronics. However counterintuitive it may seem, combining … Read more

Plant-powered planes may be no pipe dream

EU researchers are seeking to expand supplies of clean aviation fuels by producing more from agricultural sources. By  Tereza Pultarova Professor David Chiaramonti is looking down at the ground to help resolve a problem up in the sky: aeroplanes’ emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants. An expert in energy systems and power generation at … Read more

Food for thought: obesity may affect the brain too

Calorie-filled meals with little nutrition are suspected of having an impact on decision-making and of causing an overweight trap. By  Pieter Devuyst and Horizon Staff Esther Aarts has a warning for fast-food lovers around the world: such diets not only expand waistlines but also cause brain inflammation. A professor of nutritional neuroscience at Radboud University … Read more

Two itchy-skin diseases that can go much deeper

Psoriasis and eczema can have complex causes and consequences that researchers are seeking to uncover. By  Gareth Willmer In his mid-teens during the 1970s, Maarten de Wit had severe joint pain in multiple parts of his body. He had to wait another three years until the age of 19 before being diagnosed with arthritis. ‘At … Read more