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MammoNote: facilitating diagnosis of breast cancer

Breast cancer afflicts one in eight Belgian women. Early detection increases the chance of survival, thus screening is recommended. The Mammotest screening programme was introduced in Belgium and significantly improved through MammoNote, an ambitious project of UCL’s Institute of Information...
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A treatment for heart failure?

One in five people suffer from heart failure: the heart fails to pump blood correctly. This eventually leads to death, but UCL researchers and doctors may have found a treatment. The heart is a muscle with four ventricles. It functions like a double pump. Blood pumped from the two right...
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Refugee and immigration crises: at what cost to Belgium?

Anxieties have persisted ever since the arrival of thousands of Syrians and Iraqis on Belgian soil. But the frightful perceptions of the economic effects are erroneous, according to Dr Frédéric Docquier, a researcher at the UCL Economic and Social Research Institute. In Belgium, the...
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What happens in the mind of an anxiety sufferer?

In Belgium, between 7 and 10% of the population suffers from anxiety disorder (AD). What exactly goes on in their minds? There are different types of AD: phobias, OCDs, generalised anxiety disorder or panic disorder. Their common thread? Perceived threats that generate irrational,...
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Immunotherapy: arming the body against cancer

Immunotherapy is one of the most promising treatments for certain cancers. At UCL, several research teams are studying our immune mechanisms to find new treatments.  Every day our bodies face internal and external attack from viruses, bacteria, fungal infection, cellular reproduction...
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