In a landmark research, Indian and Irish scientists have revalidated the 500-year-old findings of Italian polymath Leonardo Da Vinci that the human gut is a continuous structure. This idea had been junked by a British surgeon in the 19th century, who claimed that the mesentery that attaches intestines to the abdominal wall was a segmented entity. I...

Extreme heat from the Mount Vesuvius eruption in Italy was so immense it turned one victim's brain into glass, a study has suggested. The volcano erupted in 79 AD, killing thousands and destroying Roman settlements near modern-day Naples. The town of Herculaneum was buried by volcanic matter, entombing some of its residents. A team of researchers h...

Italian national statistics agency Istat has compiled the most recent annual list of the names most frequently given to newborns in the country, based on data from 2018. The top Italian boys' name is no longer Francesco but Leonardo. After being the most popular boys' name for over a decade, Francesco is now in second place, followed by other tradi...

Virtual Reality during chemotherapy has been shown to improve breast cancer patients’ quality of life during the most stressful treatments, according to a recent study. Breast cancer is, to date, the most frequent oncological disease worldwide, and has an impact both from a physical and psychological point of view. Receiving a breast cancer diagnos...

A patient with a ventricular arrhythmia has been treated with a beam of protons that hit, in a targeted manner and with a reduced impact on the delicate surrounding tissues, the part of the heart responsible for the irregular heartbeats. It is the first time you run an intervention of this kind, developed in collaboration with the Fondazione Irccs...

Il peperoncino piccante è un ospite molto frequente sulle tavole degli Italiani, e nel corso dei secoli sono stati in tanti a decantarne virtù terapeutiche di vario tipo. Ora una ricerca condotta dal Dipartimento di Epidemiologia e Prevenzione dell’I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed di Pozzilli, in collaborazione con il Dipartimento di Oncologia e Medicina Moleco...

«Ci hanno tenuti sul filo per tre anni. Ma finalmente il brevetto americano è stato concesso». Una gran massa di capelli corvini e due occhi di carbone che brillano emozionati: la scienziata Maria Grano non nasconde la soddisfazione. La «sua» creatura, quella molecola Irisina che sconfigge l’osteoporosi, ha superato l’ultimo ostacolo burocratico pe...

Scadono lunedì 3 febbraio 2020 i termini per partecipare al bando del Fulbright Research Fellowship in Computer Science che si terrà presso l’International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) di Berkeley nell’anno accademico 2020-2021. La Fellowship è stata istituita dalla Commissione per gli Scambi Culturali fra l’Italia e gli Stati Uniti e l’Intern...

Ci voleva un esperto di Medioevo, un cacciatore di documenti d’archivio, per smentire uno dei luoghi comuni del made in Italy: quello che vuole la Franciacorta del vino come una zona creata dal nulla da qualche imprenditore di mondi lontani, dal tessile alle costruzioni. Gabriele Archetti, medievista con cattedra alla Cattolica di Milano e trono al...

An entire ankle rebuilt with a 3D printed custom prosthesis: it is the first time in the world and the implantation took place on October 9 at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna. The operation, illustrated today at a press conference, took place on a 57-year-old patient who had lost ankle joint function following a serious motorbike accide...