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  • February 14th 2020 - Press release

    Testing music therapy at home for patients who have suffered a stroke

    Testing music therapy at home for patients who have suffered a stroke A joint study between Hospital del Mar, IDIBELL, the University of Helsinki and the Spanish National Research Council funded by La Marató de TV3 tries to analyze the effects of music therapy (musical learning) once patients have finished hospital rehabilitation and are in a chronic state of the disease. To do this, they designed a keyboard linked to a smart tablet that allows the participants of the study to do their exercises at home and learn gradually in an established manner. An earlier study of the same group shows that musical therapy, like other therapies, has similar effects in motor rehabilitation for patients who have suffered a stroke, having a strong impact in mood improvement and quality of life.

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  • February 6th 2020 - Press notes

    The spin-off MedBioinformatics Solutions is born to offer software and consultancy on relationships between genes and diseases

    The spin-off MedBioinformatics Solutions is born to offer software and consultancy on relationships between genes and diseases The company, founded today, is backed by IMIM and UPF and is developing products and services based on the DisGeNET platform, one of the tools on the genetics of diseases with most information in the world.

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  • December 13th - Press release

    Hospital costs estimated of occupational diseases not recognized by the Social Security

    Hospital costs estimated of occupational diseases not recognized by the Social Security Researchers led by Dr. Consol Serra have studied the exact, individualized cost of patients suffering from occupational diseases admitted to Hospital del Mar.

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  • 29th October, 2019 - Press release

    Living in a noisy area increases the risk of suffering a more serious stroke

    Living in a noisy area increases the risk of suffering a more serious stroke A study by the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Hospital del Mar, ISGlobal, and Brown University, in the United States, has revealed that xposure to high levels of traffic noise increases the risk of suffering a more serious ischaemic stroke by 30%. Conversely, proximity to green areas has a beneficial effect and reduces the risk of a more serious stroke by 25%. The work, published in the journal Environmental Research, analysed data from nearly 3,000 patients treated at Hospital del Mar.

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  • 23rd August, 2019 - Press notes

    Effectiveness of a new bladder cancer treatment demonstrated

    Effectiveness of a new bladder cancer treatment demonstrated Preliminary results from a clinical trial led by the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute and Hospital del Mar show a good response to the drug in patients with metastatic tumours that did not respond to the usual treatment. It involves an inhibitor of a dual protein, mTORC1/2, which is key in tumour growth. The researchers had already demonstrated its effectiveness in in vitro and mouse models, in a study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Research.

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  • 10 July, 2019 - Press notes

    Mechanism determined for treating the most aggressive tumours

    Mechanism determined for treating the most aggressive tumours Researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute have been able to prevent the growth of tumours and eliminate them using a treatment that combines chemotherapy with a protein inhibitor to prevent the repair of damaged DNA in cancer cells. The feasibility of this approach has been tested in mice, studying the evolution of metastatic colon tumours from human patients. The use of this drug combination will now be studied in human patients. The research has been published in the journal Molecular Cell.

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  • 28 June 2019 - Press notes

    Possible marker of treatment resistance in HER2 breast cancer identified

    Possible marker of treatment resistance in HER2 breast cancer identified

    Study published in Cancer Immunology Research

    Ageing of NK lymphocytes (Natural killer cells) in HER2-positive breast cancer patients can predict the success or failure of targeted treatments. A blood sample is sufficient for detecting this possible resistance biomarker that, if validated, will allow the therapy to be adapted when the disease is diagnosed. This is the first study to identify NK lymphocyte ageing as a parameter that may condition their anti-tumour potential.

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  • 20 May, 2019 - Press release

    A conference to promote women's research in computational biology

    A conference to promote women's research in computational biology Barcelona Supercomputing Center, UPC and Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques organize the first Advances in Computational Biology conference will bring together researchers working on systems biology, omics technologies, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing (HPC) with applications to biology from both the public and the private sectors. The conference will be held November 28-29 in La Pedrera (Barcelona).

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  • 4 April, 2019 - Press release

    Paradigm shift in how bone fractures are avoided in HIV patients

    Paradigm shift in how bone fractures are avoided in HIV patients A study by doctors and researchers at Hospital del Mar and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University in the United States, reveals that osteoporosis problems in HIV sufferers are caused by infection and not antiretroviral treatment. The discovery modifies how the problem of bone fracture is addressed in these patients, leading the way to studies of new drugs that complement treatments for combatting the virus. The results have been obtained thanks to a bone quality measurement technique that applies a clinical protocol developed at Hospital del Mar and which several centres in other countries have already shown interest in.

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  • 14 March, 2019 - Press notes

    First Laser Surgery in Spain for Treating Epilepsy and Brain Tumours

    First Laser Surgery in Spain for Treating Epilepsy and Brain Tumours Hospital del Mar is the first centre in Spain and one of the first in Europe to use laser technology to treat epilepsy and brain tumours safely, quickly and in a minimally invasive way. So far, three successful operations have been performed on epilepsy sufferers.  In just 48 hours, they were discharged and were able to go home. The centre will operate on 10 patients each year using this pioneering technique.

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