Press releases


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.

New discovery sparks hope of safer dosage of Warfarin

13 May, 2005 - Uppsala universitet

The blood-thinning drug Warfarin tops the list of drug side-effects in Sweden. Patient sensitivity to Warfarin varies, which can lead to over-dosage and in certain cases to death. A study led by Mia Wadelius at Uppsala University in Sweden indicates that two genes may be the explanation. The findings are being published in the latest issue of The Pharmacogenomics Journal.

New malaria enzyme laid bare with help of computer calculations

7 December, 2004 - Uppsala universitet

Using only computers, a research team at Uppsala University in Sweden has managed to reveal both the structure and the function of a newly discovered enzyme from the most dangerous malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. All that was needed was the amino acid sequence of the enzyme. The findings may represent a breakthrough for future pharmaceutical research.

Brain model enhances understanding of schizophrenia

5 March, 2004 - Linköpings universitet

A new model for the interaction among the nerve cells of the cerebral cortex may be a step on the way to improving treatment for schizophrenia and ADHD. The model, which describes the function of three types of inhibitory nerve cells in the frontal lobe, is being presented in the scientific journal PNAS by researchers from Linköping University and elsewhere.