Press releases


Further support for later treatment of stroke

25 September, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 25 September 2008] A team of scientists at Karolinska Institutet recently showed that the time window for the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke (i.e. stroke caused by a blood clot) can be lengthened without putting the patient at risk. New results published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine show that later treatment is also efficacious in that it improves the patients’ prospects of recovery.

Stroke study reveals a key target for improving treatment

23 June, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 23 June 2008] For over a decade, the drug called tPA has proven its worth as the most effective emergency treatment for stroke. Its promise is blemished by the fact that tPA’s brain-saving power fades fast after the third hour of a stroke, and then instead increases the risk of dangerous bleeding in the brain. But a recent study by Swedish and American scientists now show that these problems might be overcome, if a stroke patient first takes a drug currently used to treat leukemia.

Biological medicine helps more people with rheumatoid arthritis

12 June, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 12 June 2008] Patients who have recently developed rheumatoid arthritis respond better to treatment with biological medicine in combination with conventional pharmacological medicine. This according to results of the Swefot national clinical study, which is to be presented at an international rheumatology congress in Paris by scientists from Swedish Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, who conducted the study in association with another 15 rheumatology units in Sweden.

Antibiotics may prevent stomach cancer

2 June, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 2 June 2008] By identifying patients with Helicobacter pylori infection and treating them before they reach age 50, it is possible that many cases of stomach cancer could be prevented. This is the conclusion reached by gastroenterologist Tom Storskrubb in his Karolinska Institutet doctoral dissertation. The dissertation is based on the largest-ever population-based gastroscopic study, which included 1000 randomly selected healthy people in Kalix and Haparanda, Sweden.

Novel mechanisms controlling insulin release and fat deposition discovered

13 May, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 13 May 2008]Scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have in two recent studies shown that a receptor called ALK7 plays important roles in the regulation of body fat deposition as well as the release of insulin from beta-cells in the pancreas. These findings have implications for the development of treatments against diabetes and obesity.

Labour pain comes from the cervix

10 April, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

Childbirth is painful, yet scientists are still somewhat in the dark about what actually causes the pain. A new doctoral thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet now shows where this pain comes from and opens the way to the development of improved methods of pain relief.

Protein that stimulates fat formation discovered

5 March, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

Scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have discovered a protein that plays a fundamental part in the formation of new fat cells. The protein has a potential use in the treatment of obesity and cachexia (morbid weight loss).

Sex differences in the brain’s serotonin system

13 February, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

A new thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet shows that the brain’s serotonin system differs between men and women. The scientists who conducted the study think that they have found one of the reasons why depression and chronic anxiety are more common in women than in men.

Promising cholesterol-sinking drug

18 December, 2007 - Karolinska Institutet

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet have achieved new advances in the fight against cardiovascular disease. A new drug has been shown to reduce levels of harmful blood cholesterol in people, without producing the serious side-effects associated with previous medicines.

New mechanism of insulin release discovered

23 November, 2007 - Karolinska Institutet

A new mechanism for the regulation of insulin release from the beta cell has been discovered by scientists at Karolinska Institutet. The discovery, which is published in the scientific journal Science, can be of considerable significance to the treatment of diabetes and the accompanying complications.