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A study reveals that the pictures on tobacco packaging can reduce the impulse to buy by 80%

Do the words and images found on tobacco packaging have an impact? According to a study funded by the European Commission, in which the first spin-off of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Open Evidence, together with the London School of Economics (LSE), took part, the answer is yes. In fact, the main conclusion drawn from the research is that the photographs displayed on packaging can reduce the odds of smokers buying tobacco by 80%.

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Research will allow us to "see" migraines for the first time

Migraine is the eighth most disabling illness, ahead of others such as Alzheimer's or multiple sclerosis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). One day with a migraine is as disabling as one day of blindness or paraplegia. Also, according to calculations by experts, this illness costs around 27 billion euros a year in Europe.

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Promoting mobile health in Latin America with MWCB and Telefónica

RITMOS, an international research, development and innovation network, will be rolling out projects that incorporate and standardize mobile technology in health (mHealth) to give patients greater control over their health and to improve processes and services. With the support of the WHO office in the Americas, the initiative will permit "the analysis of big data generated by mHealth to prevent illnesses" and "the export of know-how in mHealth that we have developed here in projects such as the Personal Health Record and the e-Prescription".

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Jaume Kulisevsky, new director of the UOC's Health Sciences Department

Jaume Kulisevsky has been named the new director of the Health Sciences Department at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona and a doctorate in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is a specialist in neurodegenerative diseases and he is director of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital Research Institute, where he developed a successful career in both teaching and care, and research and management.


Internationalization and collaboration with universities and research centres, key for Josep A. Planell's presidency

Josep A. Planell took over as the new president of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) on Wednesday in a ceremony held at the University's headquarters. Planell stressed that "the UOC has every potential of becoming one of the most effective instruments of ensuring that all the knowledge being amassed in Catalonia can be conveyed to the world" and, consequently, internationalization will be one of the cornerstones of his term in office over the next seven years. To achieve this, he stressed that collaboration with other universities, research centres and institutions will be key.

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The UOC to recognize students' professional experience as credits for their degree

Most of the UOC's 60,000 students work, and if they enrol at the University it is either for professional improvement or personal development. To recognize and rate this knowledge gained from professional experience, this semester, the UOC has begun the process to validate their professional experience as credits for their degree. Some 448 bachelor's, master's and postgraduate degree students have already applied.

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28 February, World Rare Disease Day

Social networks, key to overcoming the isolation of rare diseases and essential in biomedical research


Experts say vaccine for TB still "a dream" and call for more funding for research

The fight to eradicate tuberculosis needs the case of those affected to be publicised; it needs work for social change to improve healthcare conditions for those most affected - mainly in Africa, and it needs concentrated efforts in research to find drugs that improve treatment and a the vaccine to stop contagion. These are some of the leading opinions expressed by the different international experts taking part in the first TB Watch-Can We Eradicate TB? International Symposium, which took place on Thursday 27 September at the Moisès Broggi Hospital, Sant Joan Despí. The symposium was organised by the Health Studies department at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) and Dr Pere Joan Cardona, who is in charge of the UOC's new Clinical TB Management specialisation course.