The important impact on fertility, growth and disease that the mineral status of living things has is often underestimated in wildlife. The results of a study on macro and trace mineral concentrations in liver samples show that Pyrenean chamois affected by infectious diseases have a higher concentration of certain minerals than healthy chamois.
Overweight women and those with very low birth weight have difficulty becoming pregnant, and both groups have different levels of leptin. The results of a study with patients undergoing IVF showed that high levels of leptin reduced egg production and a lower body mass index implied a higher number of fertilised oocytes.
An estimated 10% of dogs suffer atopic dermatitis, a common type of allergy for which there are few treatments. A clinical trial has shown that topical administration of the immunosuppressant cyclosporine, possible thanks to advances in nanotechnology, is effective in reducing the severity of injuries and does not cause adverse reactions.
In late February 2011, the government announced a set of measures to reduce fuel consumption. His forecast was that it fell by 15%. According to one study based on publicly available information, these measures achieved a lower effect than those predicted by the government because of their temporary character.
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DL B.11870-2012 ISSN 2014-6388