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  • Strategy for increasing survival of mothers and newborns in South Asia

    [9 Feb 2016] In several South Asian countries, midwifery is not an established profession. As a result, complications in both mothers and newborns are extremely common. Malin Bogren has been commissioned by the UN to work in Nepal, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. In her thesis, she presents a strategy on how the midwifery profession can be established in low-income countries - and in this way, improve the health of mothers and newborns.

  • Infants should sleep in their own beds to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome

    [8 Feb 2016] The advice given to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, SIDS, has worked well, but the potential to save more lives exists. In addition to sleeping on their backs, infants should sleep in their own beds for the first few months to reduce the risk of sudden infant death. A new doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg has explored these issues.

  • Study on brown bears provides insight into human gut microbial ecology

    [4 Feb 2016] The feeding habits of brown bears go from extreme energy consumption during the summer months to a zero energy intake during winter hibernation. In a unique study of free-ranging brown bears, Swedish researchers were able to show that the bears¿ dietary variation goes hand-in-hand with dramatic changes in the animal¿s gut microbiota - a finding that may provide increased knowledge of how the gut microbiota affects our metabolism.

  • Gothenburg wins vote for ICS world congress

    [1 Feb 2016] Gothenburg beat both Paris and Glasgow when researchers from International Continence Society recently voted on where to hold their world congress in 2019. Outstanding research at Sahlgrenska Academy, support from industry and a strong promotional video won their votes.

  • Mobile phone test can reveal vision problems in time

    [27 Jan 2016] Apps that test visual function at home can discover deterioration of the eye¿s macula lutea long before traditional vision tests. A doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy explored this issue.

  • Gothenburg study on the Most popular list of last year´s most distributed news

    [13 Jan 2016] A Gothenburg study on the early development of intestinal microbiota became one of the most read and shared news of the international, scientific news service EurekAlert!, last year.

  • Kaj Blennow receives the Söderberg Prize in Medicine

    [21 Dec 2015] Professor Kaj Blennow at the Sahlgrenska Academy has been awarded the Söderberg Prize in Medicine 2016 for his research on Alzheimers disease. He has been awarded the prize of one million SEK for his ¿uniquely innovative research¿

  • Possible mechanism for specific symptoms in bipolar disorder discovered

    [16 Dec 2015] Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, and the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University in Sweden have identified a gene variant linked to psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment in people with bipolar disorder. The study, which is published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, describes a possible mechanism for how the gene variant produces clinical symptoms by affecting levels of specific proteins in the brain.

  • Significantly improved oral health in middle-aged women

    [10 Dec 2015] Nearly one out of five 50-year-old women was completely toothless in 1968. In 2004, only 0.3 percent of women in the same age bracket had lost all of their teeth, and on average, they had nearly twice as many teeth left. A recent doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy shows that oral health has dramatically improved for middle-aged women in Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • Researchers´ advice to save the relationships of parents of small children

    [7 Dec 2015] According to Statistics Sweden, 30 percent of all parents of young children in Sweden separate. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have mapped the most important factors behind the separations and divorces - and offer five tips that can save the relationship.

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