La Universidad participa de un proyecto interuniversitario dedicado a investigar y difundir en jardines de infantes de la provincia de Buenos Aires cómo se contagia la escherichia coli, bacteria que provoca la enfermedad de Síndrome Urémico Hemolítico que puede ser mortal en niños menores de cinco años. Mediante el proyecto, los investigadores brindan charlas de capacitación para prevenir la enfermedad y recolectan muestras de sangre, agua y alimentos.
Allergies, severe dry eye, cornea erosions, infectious and non-infectious corneal ulcers and other diseases could be treated with stem cells implants. A team of researchers works to extract adult stem cells from the mouth mucus to implant them in the ill eye and in the development of a serum elaborated with the patient’s blood to treat different vision diseases.
A procedure developed by researchers from different universities could simplify the stage of human erythropoietin purification (EPO rh). Its use took patients to require fewer transfusions and consequently to be less exposed to the inconvenient implied in receiving blood from donors.
An anatomic-functional basis was discovered for the existence of psychopathy. The methods emerged in the last years opened the possibility of knowing better some aspects of human nature. This means that the contributions of neurosciences can affect the theoretical basis of the legal order and influence the evolution of what is understood as punishment in modern societies. In a dialogue with Argentina Investiga, the Mexican specialist in Criminal Law and Doctor Honoris Cause of the UNC, Cancio Meliá, explains this new paradigm.
The detection of alimentary transmission bacteria through the development of quick techniques is the work carried out by researchers from different national universities. They have already achieved the simultaneous detection of two of the three pathogenic agents studied -Salmonella, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli O157-, which have a great incidence in diseases of Argentina’s northeast.
A research group from the Academic Unit Río Gallegos of the UNPA wants to know if the inhabitants between 20 and 40 years of the capital of the province of Santa Cruz are seriously affected by long winter nights, constant cold, cloudiness and strong winds.
A research analyzes the damaging effects of mal nutrition in sperm producing tissues. According to the studies, spermatozoids are affected in different levels: their shape and function is altered, among others, due to the fact that the tissues which produce them can accumulate fat.
The percentage emerges from a work carried out by researchers and advanced students of Pharmacy and Biochemistry. They surveyed 4,000 high school students in the city and created prevention workshops in the schools to contribute arguments which orient Young people towards a free and conscious choice regarding this topic, due to the fact that they represent one of the main risk groups facing the addiction.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome, toxoplasmosis, rabies, trichinosis and Chagas disease are some of the most common zoonotic diseases. Specialists ensure that some simple routines and practices are enough to combat them with high chances of success. Researchers carry out a diffusion project in schools, by means of which they recommend hygiene habits and the responsible care of animals, among the keys.
The lack of zinc in the diet during fetal life and breastfeeding period, even when it is moderate, causes heart damage, induces to the increase of blood pressure and alters the kidneys function in adulthood. This is shown by the results of experimental studies carried out in rats by a team of researchers.
At the end of 2011 the Mortality Atlas of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires was printed. It was made by researchers, technicians and statisticians. It covers a period which goes from 1990 to 2008 and analyzes the distribution and death causes and its distribution in the temporal tendency. The Atlas is very useful to develop public policies and new investigations in the area.
Professionals and advanced students of Pharmacy and Biochemistry work in rural schools were they identify and treat skin affections and diseases caused by parasites. The distances which separate villages from health centers and the lack of hygiene as a consequence of the difficulty of having access to fresh water are the causes of diseases such as Chagas disease and hydatidosis which the professionals treated in school communities.
With yacon, a plant grown in the Andes used by pre-Columbian societies and spread by the Inca’s culture, researchers elaborated a diet bar with a high content of fibers, low carbohydrates and good taste. Regarding cereal commercial bars, the new product has lower content of carbohydrates and a higher proportion of dietary fiber.
The ideal or “desirable”, long-lasting and hemocompatible cardiac valve has been developed by a team of researchers and scientists from diverse disciplines. The valves currently used present problems which go from the need to replace them in a certain time, up to the generation of blood clots. The development is overcoming, as it decreases the possibility of clots formation and it is made of a new hemocompatible material.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers identified a monoclonal antibody which prevents the entering of the virus which causes Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever (FHA in Spanish) and other South American hemorrhagic fevers in human cells. The antibody developed is a protein which has a human part and a mouse part and whose presence inhibits the hemorrhagic fever virus’ capacity of infecting human cells.