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MS patients with higher B cell counts have a better vaccine response

12 May, 2022 - Uppsala universitet

MS patients treated with Rituximab have better responses to the COVID-19 vaccine if they have higher B cell counts. This is the finding of a study from Uppsala University published in the journal JAMA Network Open. In patients with B cell counts of 40/µL (microlitres) or more, 9 of 10 patients developed protective levels of antibodies, while significantly fewer with lower counts had similar respon

Doctoral thesis reveals the technology behind a space instrument built to study Jupiter

11 May, 2022 - Institutet för rymdfysik

On May 13th Philipp Wittmann, Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) and Umeå University, will defend his doctoral thesis. Philipp has been part of developing, testing, and calibrating the particle instrument Jovian plasma Dynamics and Composition analyzer (JDC). It will measure ions and electrons in the Jovian system onboard the upcoming European spacecraft JUpiter ICy […]

Acute sleep loss may alter the way we see others

3 May, 2022 - Uppsala universitet

A new study from Uppsala University shows that young adults when sleep-deprived evaluate angry faces as less trustworthy and healthy-looking. Furthermore, neutral and fearful faces appear less attractive following sleep loss. The findings are published in the scientific journal Nature and Science of Sleep.

Remaining increase in cancer risk after high childhood BMI

2 May, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Men who had a high body mass index (BMI) as children are at an elevated risk of obesity-related cancer later in life, even if their weight was normal in young adulthood, according to a new study from University of Gothenburg. Obesity-related cancers include a significant group of tumor diseases, many of which are on the […]

Risk of lower groundwater levels in northern Sweden with a warmer climate

2 May, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

When the winters get warmer in northern Sweden, there is a risk for groundwater level decline, despite heavy precipitation. The villain in this story is lingering ground frost that prevents snow meltwater and rain from filling underground reservoirs. This is the finding of a new thesis from the University of Gothenburg.

Surgeons need more bodies to practice on

28 April, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

At the University of Gothenburg, a lack of donated cadavers limits surgeons’ scope for honing their skills. Especially in trauma surgery and new, advanced operative techniques, there are not enough bodies for courses to be held. Many Swedes are positively inclined toward organ donation, but few know that you can also donate your whole body […]

Climate resilient microalgae could help restore coral reefs

27 April, 2022 - Uppsala universitet

Coral species exhibit different temperature tolerances. This is in part due to the composition of their microalgae symbionts. With a new method, researchers from Uppsala University were able to predict how individual microalgae might behave under future temperature stress and identify more tolerant coral symbionts. In combination with forthcoming single cell selection and growth experiments, the

Better residents’ health after switch to electric buses

27 April, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The health of residents living alongside a bus route in Gothenburg, Sweden, became considerably better when hybrid buses were replaced by buses fully powered by electricity. Along with the noise levels there was a reduction of fatigue, day time sleepiness and low mood, a study at the University of Gothenburg shows. In the fall of […]

Subgroups of glioblastoma associated with disease prognosis

25 April, 2022 - Uppsala universitet

Researchers at Uppsala University have detected different subgroups of the brain tumour form glioblastoma, where the cancer cells’ properties depend on which cell type they originate from. The used analysis method could also separate glioblastoma patients with significant differences in survival. The findings open up for identifying specific therapeutic targets for the new subgroups of […]

Coronavirus level in wastewater lowest in four months

23 April, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The wastewater concentration of coronavirus in Gothenburg, Sweden, has decreased sharply to a four-month lowest level, the University’s latest measurements and analyses show. The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most prolonged of all. In 16 weekly measurements in a row, levels of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater of Gothenburg remained as high […]