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  • 27/10/2020 - Press release

    A study has demonstrated that omega-3 rich foods improve post-heart attack prognosis

    A team of researchers from the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital and Research Institute (IGTP) and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) has shown that regularly consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, from both animal and vegetable origins, strengthens the heart's membranes and helps improve the prognosis in the event of a myocardial infarction. To arrive at these conclusions, they used data from 950 patients. The omega-3 levels in the blood of these individuals were determined when they were admitted to hospital to be treated for the heart attack. This measurement indicates, very accurately, how much of these fats the patients had eaten in the weeks prior to the sampling, in other words, before the heart attack. The patients were monitored for three years after being discharged, and the researchers observed that having high levels of omega-3 in the blood at the time of the infarction, which had been consumed in the weeks leading up to the heart attack, was associated with a lower risk of complications. The results of the study have just been published in the prestigious Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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  • 17/10/2020 - General information

    Open Day at the PRBB - From 26th to 31st October

    The PRBB and its centres are preparing the next edition of the Open Day. As always, we will be holding our science outreach party for the whole family in October, organised with the support of the park's volunteers. But everything else will be different! The current situation means we are unable to organise a face-to-face celebration, so on this occasion our Open Day events will be 100% virtual. And we have a week full of activities to enjoy from home, with your family and friends or at your educational centre.

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  • 19/10/2020 - Press release

    Dr. Toni Celià-Terrassa receives one of the FERO Foundation grants for young Spanish cancer researchers

    Last Friday, the FERO Foundation announced the winners of the 19th FERO Grants and the winner of the 2nd FERO-Mango Breast Cancer Research Project. The grants, worth €80,000 each, are intended to help young researchers develop their translational cancer research projects over a two-year period. "It is expected that 277,394 people will be diagnosed with cancer before the end of 2020. We cannot allow the pandemic scenario in which we find ourselves to detract from the treatment and survival opportunities of the thousands of patients who are currently struggling with cancer. That is why at FERO we are doing everything we can to ensure that COVID-19 affects doctors and patients as little as possible, and that resources continue to reach researchers and centres. One way of achieving this is by continuing to support projects through our grants", explains Sol Daurella, president of the institution.

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  • 16/10/2020 - General information

    SI 2020 Symposium Young Researcher Award presented to Dr. Robert Güerri

    Dr Robert Güerri, section chief of the Infectious Diseases Service at Hospital del Mar and a researcher in the Infectious Pathology and Antimicrobial Research Group at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), has received a Young Researcher Award from the SI 2020 Symposium, organised by the pharmaceutical company Janssen.  The aim of this initiative is to promote the investigative work of young researchers, whose careers have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the field of HIV. The symposium, which should have been held in March, had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • 15/10/2020 - Press release

    Pneumologists from Hospital del Mar recommend improving the therapeutic approach to mild asthma

    They believe that the treatment currently used in many cases, based solely on short-acting bronchodilators like the well-known Ventolin, may increase the risk of severe asthma attacks.  This is revealed by a study published in the journal Archivos de Bronconeumología. They advocate the use of inhaled corticoids, which is also the treatment recommended by the international Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). Asthma is increasingly prevalent and affects 5-10% of the general population. Unfortunately, the decline in associated mortality has slowed in recent years. In the current context, characterised by the COVID-19 epidemic, there is no evidence that suffering asthma implies a more severe form of COVID-19.

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  • 14/10/2020 - Press release

    Dr. Scott Boyer joins Chemotargets as new CEO

    Chemotargets, a global leader in predictive analytics solutions for the pharma and biotech sector, has appointed Dr. Scott Boyer as new CEO with the aim to consolidate its transition from a software business to a key player in the biotech sector. Dr Boyer joins Chemotargets from Swedish drug development company Klaria, where he has been CEO/CSO since 2015 and will continue as a member of the Board of Directors and as a scientific advisor. Prior to joining Klaria, he was Chief Scientist at AstraZeneca (Sweden), with global responsibility for molecular and investigational toxicology across the company, and a member of the company's senior management team.  Prior to AstraZeneca, Dr. Boyer was a senior scientist at Pfizer Central Research in the US.

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  • 08/10/2020 - Press release

    Following physical activity recommendations can reduce mortality risk by 16%

    Doing 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (fast walking or dancing, for example) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (running or other sports) a week, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), reduces your mortality risk by 16%. At the same time, cardiovascular mortality risk drops by 27% and cardiovascular event risk falls by 12%. This is highlighted in a study published by the Revista Española de Cardiología led by doctors from Hospital del Mar and researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), the University of Vic-Central Catalonia (UVic- UCC), and the CIBERCV and CIBERESP. The work also reveals that doing three to five times more physical activity than the recommended amount maximises the benefit.

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  • 07/10/2020 - Press release

    Two cardiac damage markers identified as predictors of risk in COVID-19 patients

    Doctors from the Cardiology Service at Hospital del Mar together with researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and CIBERESP have identified two cardiac damage markers as elements for diagnosing risk in patients suffering from COVID-19. 1 in 3 patients analysed in the study had at least one of these indicators in their blood. Mortality and the need for mechanical ventilation was higher in these patients than in those who did not have it, almost 40% compared to less than 10%. 80% of the patients who died had elevated indicators of cardiac damage. This is the most extensive study published on the subject so far, with 872 patients analysed. The article has been published in the Revista Española de Cardiología. Two cardiac damage markers can be used as predictors for the risk of complications in patients diagnosed with COVID-19. This has been revealed by the most ambitious study carried out to date in this field, led by doctors and researchers from the Hospital del Mar and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), as well as CIBER Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP). The paper has just been published by the Revista Española de Cardiología.

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  • 05/10/2020 - General information

    Hospital del Mar and IMIM researchers reveal which benign breast disease is most likely to develop into cancer

    Benign breast diseases (BBD), which are non-cancerous disorders of the breast, such as lumps, are known to increase the chances of subsequent breast cancer. Now a team of Hospital del Mar researchers have found that the way BBD is detected as part of a national screening programme is an indication of which are more likely to become cancerous. The findings from a team led by Dr. Xavier Castells, head of the epidemiology department at the Hospital del Mar and researcher of the Epidemiology and Evaluation research group at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), was  presented at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference on Saturday 3rd. BBD detected on the first occasion a woman attends for breast screening (usually at the age of 50 in Spain and many other European countries with national screening programmes) is classified as "prevalent" BBD, whereas those detected on subsequent visits, which occur every two years in Spain, are classified as "incident" BBD

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  • 01/10/2020 - General information

    EU-funded Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings

    Each year, around 20 million European citizens are affected from depression. Depression is a serious illness which impacts on all aspects of life, including work. While Small and Medium Sized enterprises particularly face substantial economic losses due to the global impact of COVID-19, the MENTUPP consortium anticipates, that capacities for mental health promotion and provision in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be even more limited in the future. A second COVID-19 wave might further impact negatively on people affected by depression. This is why action on occupational mental health is urgently needed. Resources for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises "Limited capacities for mental health promotion and provision of adequate occupational mental health programmes for employees are a concern shared by most decision-makers in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)", says Prof. Ella Arensman, Coordinator of the MENTUPP project. In the EU, these businesses contribute to more than 90% of the economy. Particularly, SMEs in the construction, healthcare and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors have been associated with higher risk of mental health difficulties compared to other sectors. COVID-19 has significant short-term and long-term effects on the mental health people working in these sectors. 

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