[12 Jul 2016] A lone Sentinel cell monitors and coordinates the defense of the entrance to the colon¿s most sensitive parts. The Sentinel cell detects nearby bacteria and signals to a line of defensive cells to send out a cascade of mucus to push away the invaders. As a final self-sacrificing action the cell commits suicide and ejects itself into the intestinal lumen.
[11 Jul 2016] A new drug based on research at the University of Gothenburg seems to be able to prevent both stroke and severe lung disease in children born extremely prematurely. In a smaller first study in which the drug was administered to premature children, the risk of these complications was cut in half.
[7 Jul 2016] Infants that undergo cardiac surgery often have their thymus gland removed. The thymus performs important functions during the development of the immune system and a new study at Sahlgrenska Academy shows that infants, whose thymus was surgically removed, have an immune system at 18 years of age comparable to one normally seen in 65-70 year-olds.
[20 Jun 2016] In contrast to what has previously been claimed, low doses of antidepressants are clearly less effective than higher ones. This is the principal finding of a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The authors also suggest that antidepressants, when used at an optimal dose, are considerably more effective than usually assumed.
[17 Jun 2016] Research that followed more than 1.6 million Swedish men from adolescence onwards between 1968 and 2005 has shown that those who were overweight as teenagers were more likely to develop heart failure in early middle age.
[16 Jun 2016] The prevalence of pollen allergies among adults in Sweden has increased. However, the prevalence of allergies to furred animals, mites or mold has not. These were the results of a new study at Sahlgrenska Academy.
[14 Jun 2016] Women who commit deadly violence are different in many ways from male perpetrators, both in terms of the most common victims, the way in which the murder is committed, the place where it is carried out and the perpetrator¿s background. This is shown by a new study that also investigated homicide trends over time in Sweden.
[9 Jun 2016] Human social capabilities might be associated with genetic variations in sex hormone related genes. Such were the results of a new doctoral study at Sahlgrenska Academy that studied sex hormone involvement in social behavior and the development of autism.
[8 Jun 2016] Lower back pain and spinal changes are common among young athletes and the number of spinal changes seems to increase with the sport¿s loading level. A doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy explored this issue that included the study of back pain in mogul skiers and long distance runners.
[23 May 2016] The Academy Board has decided to designate the world's leading occupational medicine researcher Paul Blanc as an honorary doctorate. He received the appointment for his long and significant collaboration with Sahlgrenska Academy.