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New material to treat wounds can protect against resistant bacteria

11 May, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new material that prevents infections in wounds – a specially designed hydrogel, that works against all types of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant ones. The new material offers great hope for combating a growing global problem. The World Health Organization describes antibiotic-resistant bacteria as one of the […]

Low risk of infection in babies born to mothers with COVID-19

29 April, 2021 - Karolinska Institutet

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have studied newborn babies whose mothers tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy or childbirth. The results show that although babies born of test-positive mothers are more likely to be born early, extremely few were infected with COVID-19. The study, which is published in the […]

Particles from volcanic eruption worsened respiratory conditions

22 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Six years ago, there was a marked rise in respiratory diseases among Reykjavik residents during one of Iceland’s biggest volcanic eruptions on record, according to new research findings, to which University of Gothenburg scientists contributed. The adverse health effects increased most when the sulfur dioxide emissions returned in the form of sulfate aerosol deposition. The […]

Designing healthy diets – with computer analysis

20 April, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

A new mathematical model for the interaction of bacteria in the gut could help design new probiotics and specially tailored diets to prevent diseases. The research, from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, was recently published in the journal PNAS. “Intestinal bacteria have an important role to play in health and the development of diseases, […]

Defects in a specific cell type may cause ulcerative colitis

19 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

There are many variants of “goblet cells” in the intestines and they seem to have different functions, according to a new study from the University of Gothenburg. The study indicates that defects in goblet cells of a particular type may be a factor contributing to ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. The entire inside of […]

Machine learning can help slow down future pandemics

13 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Artificial intelligence could be one of the keys for limiting the spread of infection in future pandemics. In a new study, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have investigated how machine learning can be used to find effective testing methods during epidemic outbreaks, thereby helping to better control the outbreaks. In the study, the researchers […]

Heart failure and stroke rising in men under 40

8 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Heart failure and stroke are unusual diagnoses among younger people. But they are now clearly on the rise in men below the age of 40, according to a University of Gothenburg study. The scientists have found links to obesity and low fitness in the upper teens. The present study, published in Journal of Internal Medicine, […]

Estimating costs of uterine transplantation

7 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Sweden’s acclaimed research on uterine transplants has taken a new step forward: into the field of health economics. Now, for the first time, there is a scientifically based estimate of how much implementing the treatment costs. The current research is based on the nine uterine transplants from living donors carried out in 2013, under the […]

Gut microbiota in cesarean-born babies catches up

1 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Infants born by cesarean section have a relatively meager array of bacteria in the gut. But by the age of three to five years they are broadly in line with their peers. This is shown by a study that also shows that it takes a remarkably long time for the mature intestinal microbiota to get […]

No increase in colorectal cancer after obesity surgery

26 March, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Colorectal cancer risk does not rise after bariatric surgery, a study from the University of Gothenburg shows. This finding is important for patients with obesity, and their healthcare professionals, when deciding upon such an operation. Obesity is a known risk factor for several types of cancer, including colorectal cancer (affecting the colon or rectum). It […]