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Activating the wasabi receptor to control blood pressure: a tale of two gases

Blood vessels in the meningesBetter blood circulation, lower blood pressure and a stronger heart beat, who wouldn’t want this? This has been a long sought goal of pharmaceutical companies as well. One biomolecule, called nitroxyl (HNO), offers all 3 in 1. However, the mechanisms of its formation in the body and its actions were elusive until recently. In their study recently published in "Nature Communication", Eberhardt and colleagues answer all this and a bit more, offering a promise for patients with advanced cardiovascular problems. more...

  • Robots play football

    football robotOne World Cup ends and another begins: shortly after this year’s World Champions have been crowned, a special group of players will take to the pitch in Brazil. At the RoboCup 2014, which is taking place from 19 to 25 July, the players competing against one another will be robots. These robots are built, programmed and trained by students from all over the world. The team Robotics Erlangen e.V. represents Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in the battle for the title of World Champion. more...

  • Training activities more effective against dementia than medication

    Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Grüske, President of FAU and Klaus Helmrich, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer of Siemens AG (Image: FAU/Erich Malter)Exercise using a ball, memory training, cooking, painting or doing craft work – all of these can slow down the progression of dementia in patients, as long as these activities are done regularly and in a group. These are the results of several studies carried out by Prof. Dr. Elmar Gräßel at FAU’s Chair of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. The studies have shown that, in addition to slowing the progress of the disease in comparison to treatment based purely on medication, these therapies also benefit patients’ mental health. more...