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Depression and low quality of life 30 years after chemical attack

25 January, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

Mustard gas harms the vision, skin and breathing. Three decades on, however, the predominant effect is mental ill-health. At a time when chemical warfare is a threat, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now presented their study monitoring a group of victims of a historical gas attack. With the war in Ukraine, threats to […]

New blood test differentiates neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease from other dementias

16 January, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

A new blood test that can track and follow the neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease – and exclude other dementias. That is an innovation now presented by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, together with colleagues in Italy and USA. In recent years, a lot of effort has been put on developing biomarkers in blood that […]

Artificial nerve cells – almost like biological

13 January, 2023 - Linköpings universitet

Researchers at Linköping University (LiU), Sweden, have created an artificial organic neuron that closely mimics the characteristics of biological nerve cells. This artificial neuron can stimulate natural nerves, making it a promising technology for various medical treatments in the future.

More obesity in three- and four-year-olds during pandemic

27 December, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The incidence of overweight and obesity in children aged three and four in Sweden during the pandemic, especially in more deprived areas, a study of just over 25,000 children in three Swedish counties shows. The study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, is based on data concerning 25,049 children aged three to five […]

Physical fitness a demographic watershed

22 December, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Sedentary behavior, a large waist circumference, and advanced age: These factors are clearly associated with inferior physical fitness among people aged 50 to 64.  In a study with over 5,000 participants, investigating the correlations in detail, major fitness disparities are shown. Fitness is a vital factor for performance in sports, but also for the stamina […]

Mobile phone ban in school does not work

13 December, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Since the first of August 2022, using mobile phones for other purposes than educational is forbidden in the classroom. A doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that the law is problematic. The pupils need the mobile phones in their schoolwork and they manage to find ways to bring the phones into the classroom […]

Eco-friendly paint most effective against fouling on ships and boats

12 December, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Emissions from copper-based antifouling paints are a well-known environmental problem. As much as 40 percent of copper inputs to the Baltic Sea come from antifouling paints on ships and leisure boats. According to a new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, this is completely unnecessary. When the researchers compared copper-based antifouling paint with biocide-free […]

No proven health impact of free primary care from age 85

12 December, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Introducing copayment elimination in primary care in Sweden for the over-85s has not caused a rise in the number of health care visits. In terms of achieving the intended effect, the reform thus appears to have failed, a University of Gothenburg study shows. The study, published in the Journal of Health Economics, is based on […]

Low nutritional quality in vegetarian meat substitutes

9 December, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The availability of foods based on plant proteins to substitute for meat has increased dramatically as more people choose a plant-based diet. At the same time, there are many challenges regarding the nutritional value of these products. A study from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden now shows that many of the meat substitutes sold […]

New prostate cancer diagnostic pathway paves way for general screening

8 December, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

In screening for prostate cancer, the risk of overdiagnosis can be halved, a University of Gothenburg study shows. With the diagnostic pathway that has now been tried out, considerably fewer harmless tumors are found. This solves a big problem and makes general screening feasible. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, part of Gothenburg University, and Sahlgrenska University […]