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Stem cells treatment for fistulas in Crohn’s disease is about to be approved in Catalonia a

  Treatment with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), extracted from fat tissue, is a powerful tool for the cure of autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease. Nowadays, conventional pharmacological treatment for people with fistulant Crohn’s disease has proven to be ineffective. With the anti-TNF infliximab the proportion of patients who achieve complete healing of the lesions […]

Late motherhood, a new social and health phenomenon

The desire of women to be pregnant after 35 and even 40 years of age has become an important social phenomenon. Increasingly, women are delaying the moment of being mothers, as a consequence of the cultural, social and economic changes that have occurred in society during the last years. Some studies establish at 35, or […]

Evolution of cancer immunotherapy: from bone marrow transplant to CAR

The latest advance in the field of immune therapies against cancer are the active and targeted CAR therapies. This treatment consists of obtaining the patient’s lymphocytes and reprogramming them to attack the malignant cells. CAR therapies are, until now, the most sophisticated, since they are “active” treatments that use living cells that proliferate, and at […]

The eyes: excellent candidates for stem cell therapies

Replacing the cells of a damaged tissue with healthy ones using stem cells is now a reality. In the case of the eyes, the use of these new therapies has been favoured by the great knowledge that has been acquired about their different pathologies over the last few years, together with the particular characteristics of […]

Correcting overweight during childhood reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes

  Children with childhood obesity have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) as adults. However, a study published in 2018 shows that it is possible to reduce this risk if the weight is normalized before puberty. The importance of the study lies in the evidence that children that at seven years […]

Smoking makes the follow-up of oxygen therapy worse in patients with COPD

It is important to follow the indications of the professionals and the treatment in order to improve the survival of the patients. Long-term home oxygen therapy (LTOT) is one of the most common treatments for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), one of the most common respiratory diseases caused by smoking. Patients with COPD […]

Taking blood pressure at home is a reliable way to reduce cardiovascular risk

  Measuring blood pressure at home is a reliable way to control hypertension and, at the same time, prevent future health problems. Arterial hypertension (high blood pressure) is a condition that rarely shows symptoms, so for this reason the best way to be aware, and be able to control it, is to know their blood […]

Central Sensitivity Syndromes closer to being internationally recognised

In Catalonia, there are more than 250,000 people diagnosed with Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS). If the WHO would recognise Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Electrohypersensitivity as diseases, which are included in Central Sensitivity, their diagnosis could be unified and their treatment personalised. Central Sensitivity Syndrome includes diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, […]

OCT: The Best Technique for Analysing Atheromatous Plaques in Arteries

  Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an infrared light technique that allows the interior of the arteries to be observed in detail. Thanks to OCT, the diagnosis and treatment of atheromatous plaques has been improved.   Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a tool that emits infrared light. Cardiologists have been using it for about ten […]

Researchers at Hospital Clinic play a crucial role in improving lupus treatment

Research carried out by the Autoimmune Diseases Service (SEA) has contributed to improving the treatment and quality of life of lupus patients through international collaborations.  The Autoimmune Diseases Service at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, active since 1995, was set up to provide a specialist care and do research into different autoimmune diseases, including lupus. Throughout […]

Described the role of inflammation in schizophrenia

Several studies have shown that different psychiatric disorders share a common denominator: inflammation forms part of their pathological mechanism. Schizophrenia is a chronic syndrome of unknown cause, predominantly associated with signs of psychosis. Historically, psychosis was believed to be caused by abnormalities in neurotransmitters such as dopamine, given that effective treatments modulate its level in […]

Increase in stroke cases linked to contamination

Recent studies show that high pollution in the environment increases the risk of having a stroke According to the Spanish Society of Neurology (in Spanish, SEN), 30% of the strokes that occur each year are attributable to air pollution and advises that reducing environmental pollution is a step to take in order to curb the […]