In many cases of heart failure a heart transplant is the only solution, but donor organs are in short supply. An alternative is an artificial helper device that can be implanted in the body to assist the ailing heart.
The human brain contains tens of billions of neurons, all networked with one another by synapses. It transmits millions of signals every day, like some giant computer processor - the most powerful one in existence.
In Heidelberg, researchers from a range of different disciplines have joined together in a network to pursue questions involving aging.
For the first time in 2012, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of a gene therapy in the EU. The treatment is aimed at helping people with a rare genetic disease that affects the pancreas.
A study carried out at the University of Würzburg has shown that cinema advertising isn’t as effective when the audience eats popcorn.
Blue light can stop you from sleeping, and a Swiss team of researchers have now confirmed that this includes television screens.
Brain researcher Gerald Hüther says children are born with a whole host of potential neural pathways.
A British pharmaceuticals company has announced it will seek approval for the first vaccine against malaria in 2014. If it works as hoped, the substance could prove a milestone in the treatment of this tropical disease.
Jet-lag and dried-out mucous membranes are just some of the uncomfortable side-effects of long-haul air travel. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute are working to counter these problems .
Just pop a pill and you're suddenly at the top of your game - that's a dream fueled by the widespread global abuse of drugs that claim to enhance mental performance.
An increasing number of antibiotics is proving less effective and developing new drugs is not lucrative for the pharmaceuticals industry.
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