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Beetroot provide substantial protection from salt-induced increases in blood pressure (17.4. 2019)

Adding tiny amounts of beetroot or dietary nitrate to salty food products might help prevent high blood pressure, according to a preliminary study of rats.

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Institute of Physiology of the CAS received HR Excellence in Research Award (15.3. 2019)

Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences has joined an exclusive group of workplaces that have been awarded the prestigious European HR Excellence in Research Award.

The European Commission awards those research and university workplaces that are committed to improving the strategy in human resources in accordance with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

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Correctly administered aid for epileptic seizure is easy and may save lives (7.2. 2019)

About 80,000 patients in the Czech Republic currently suffer from active epilepsy. This means that they have had at least one epileptic seizure over the past five years. About 5,000 new patients are diagnosed per year. Correctly administered first aid that can save a patient's life is the theme of the International Epilepsy Day, commemorated on Monday, February 11.

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Scientists and engineers join the Motol Hospital to treat epilepsy in a newly established EPIREC research center (9.1. 2019)

A unique platform connecting epilepsy research with clinical practice has been in operation since January in the Motol University Hospital. Scientists from the Second Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and the Institute of Physiology CAS work here in multidisciplinary teams. Experts from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering also contribute to gaining innovative knowledge that will improve both quality and effectiveness of patient care.

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Epileptic seizures do not come as a bolt from the blue (27.11. 2018)

An international team, led by Czech scientists, has shown that one of the elementary natural principles is also involved in the emergence of epileptic seizures. The discovery of the existence of the so-called critical deceleration principle in the epileptic brain presumes that the seizure is preceded by a gradual loss of stability and resistance of the brain, and little by little, the brain becomes much more susceptible to seizures.

Scientists from the Institute of Physiology CAS in collaboration with colleagues from the Institute of Computer Science CAS, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Czech Technical University, the Second Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and other colleagues from foreign universities in Melbourne, Oxford and Birmingham have shown, both in experimental models of epilepsy and in patients, that seizures may be preceded by detectable changes in brain activity.

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