Press releases


Many prolonged sick leaves for COVID-19

14 June, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Nearly 12,000 people in Sweden received sickness benefit from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency for COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic. The median duration of sick leave in this group was 35 days, but for many it was considerably more long-drawn-out, according to a University of Gothenburg study. A research group in rehabilitation […]

Researchers monitor mRNA to help time its great escape to perfection

9 June, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The ease by which mRNA-based drugs are taken up by cells in tissues is crucial to their therapeutic effectiveness. Now, a new detection method developed by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and AstraZeneca could lead to faster and better development of the small droplets known as lipid nanoparticles, which are the main method […]

Carolina Klüft new honorary doctor at Sahlgrenska Academy

8 June, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Former athlete Carolina Klüft has been appointed an honorary doctor of medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Her work, inspiring people to adopt an active lifestyle, strengthens the Academy’s research focus on preventing ill health through physical activity. As a champion heptathlete Carolina Klüft, born 1983, is one of the all-time greats. Since moving […]

Important to reduce patients’ time respiratory intensive care with mechanical ventilation

7 June, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

More active efforts to reduce patients’ time on a ventilator in an ICU can both spare their suffering and free up intensive care resources, a thesis at the University of Gothenburg shows. Mechanical ventilation (MV) in an intensive care unit (ICU) is often needed to save a patient’s life. But prolonged stay in ICU also […]

Infection with HPV linked to higher risk of preterm birth

31 May, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Women carrying human papillomavirus (HPV) run an elevated risk of preterm birth, a University of Gothenburg study shows. A connection can thus be seen between the virus itself and the risk for preterm birth that previously has been observed in pregnant women who have undergone treatment for abnormal cell changes due to HPV. A Swedish […]

Obesity protects against death in severe bacterial infection

24 May, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

For many diseases, overweight and obesity are risk factors. But now a study shows that a higher BMI may be linked to higher survival rates in patients hospitalized for severe bacterial infections. Scientists at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and Skaraborg Hospital in Skövde carried out the research, and their study has now been published […]

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, […]