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Professor of Mathematics at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática (US) and researcher in Computational Geometry
Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Seville
Professor of Prehistory at the University of Seville
CSIC senior scientist, researcher in reproductive biology
Researcher in the Department of Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics at the University of Seville.
Researcher at the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Seville
A study in mice found that a molecule called TDI-11861 works as an oral male contraceptive, temporarily blocking sperm function. The paper, published in Nature Communications, presents the research as a step towards an on-demand male contraceptive drug: the user could take a birth control pill before sex and become fertile again the next day. Four co-authors of the study have founded a company in the US to develop such products.
Beta-blockers (β-blockers) are drugs to treat heart conditions that are also used for anxiety. According to research published in PLOS Medicine, periods of treatment with these drugs are associated with a lower risk of being charged by the police with a violent crime - a 13% lower risk than periods without treatment. The research, which included nearly 1.5 million people in Sweden between 2006 and 2013, does not support the use of these drugs to treat anxiety.
Research concludes that different types of antidepressants are capable of generating resistance to multiple antibiotics, even when administered for short periods of time. The results are published in the journal PNAS.
Some 4,000 engraved slate plaques resembling owls have been found in tombs and graves on the Iberian Peninsula dating back to the Copper Age. It has been speculated that they may have had a ritual significance. Spanish scientists have analysed 100 of these plaques and propose, in an article published in Scientific Reports, that they may have been carved by children for play.
The Ministry of Health has announced the purchase of 10 proton therapy equipment for public hospitals of the National Health System in seven autonomous communities. They will be used to treat tumours, especially in paediatric patients. The cost of the equipment will be financed by the Amancio Ortega Foundation.
Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska was today awarded one of four Fields Medals, considered the Nobel Prize in mathematics. After Iran's Maryam Mirzakhan, who received it in 2014, she is the second woman to be honoured with this prestigious award.
Mathematician Maryna Viazovska (Kiev, Ukraine; 1984) has today been awarded one of the four Fields Medals, considered the Nobel Prize in Mathematics. She is the second woman to be awarded this prize, after the Iranian Maryam Mirzakhan, who received it in 2014.