The research group ‘Cellular and age-related stress’ at the University of Jaén has carried out a baseline study on melatonin, a hormone that we produce regularly, and has shown the positive effects it has on reducing and repairing damage caused by a stroke, a condition that affects 1 in 6 people in Spain. The study will be used to develop future treatments using this hormone, which is already known for its benefits in regulating sleep and slowing down ageing.
The Reina Sofia Hospital in Cordova has developed a bookcrossing initiative where books are distributed on every floor of the hospital to ease the long hospital hours of patients and their relatives. They are give and take books, that somebody puts down and somebody else picks up, to read and then put back in another place in the hospital ready for the next reader. In this way, reading has a therapeutic role, as the hospital receives book donations from patients and their visitors, who confirm that this initiative helped to improve their hospital stay.
Researchers from the Chemistry department at the University of Almeria are taking part in a project made up of 14 research teams from 9 different countries, which aims to discover natural antibiotics made from micro-algae which may be useful in the treatment of bacteria resistant to antibiotics.