Press releases


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.

New discoveries about nitric oxide can provide drugs for schizophrenia

21 November, 2007 - Göteborgs universitet

Problems with memory and social function in patients with schizophrenia may result from an imbalance in the brain’s nitric oxide system. A dissertation from the Sahlgrenska Academy shows that rats with characteristics of schizophrenia regain normal brain function if they receive drugs that reduce the production of nitric oxide in the brain.

Growth factors may affect older women’s bone density more than does vitamin D

16 November, 2007 - Karolinska Institutet

Osteoporosis is one of the most common diseases, still a new doctoral dissertation from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet shows that few women are diagnosed and treated in time. The presented dissertation also show that insulin-like growth factor-1 have a greater influence on bone mass than does vitamin D, and that good nutritional status or very low doses of estrogen may have beneficial effects on bone density.

The Pill: a possible contributor to coital pain

11 September, 2007 - Karolinska Institutet

Coital pain is an increasingly common reason for gynaecological consultations amongst young women. A new doctoral thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet shows that contraceptive pills can be a causal factor of the complaint.

Oestrogen and pain

8 August, 2007 - Karolinska Institutet

Oestrogen plays an important role in determining how sensitive a person is to pain, and the oestrogen receptor known as ER-beta is particularly significant in this context. These are the conclusions of a study from Karolinska Institutet, published in the American scientific journal PNAS.

Are you suffering from incontinence? Every fourth man is!

6 September, 2006 - Mälardalens universitet

Incontinence is common among men. A new study shows that a forth of men between the ages of 40 – 80 suffers from different symptoms of incontinence. Despite the symptoms and worse quality of life, and the fact that there are help to find, few men seek help for incontinence.

New dream method for biological research

29 August, 2006 - Uppsala universitet

All biomedical research is limited by technology-­many hypotheses are simply cannot be tested with the methods available owing to poor performance or prohibitive costs. Now Uppsala University researchers have developed a new and very promising method, and a first test indicates that it works on natural biological material. The findings are being presented in the latest issue of the journal Nature Methods.