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  • Assar Gabrielsson award for ground-breaking work on public health

    [29 Apr 2015] The Assar Gabrielsson Award is given to someone who has written an excellent thesis on cancer research. The 2015 award-winner is Volkan Sayin, and he receives the award for his ground-breaking discoveries about the risks of over-consumption of anti-oxidants.

  • Two students in wheelchairs nudge Gothenburg public transportation in the right direction

    [15 Apr 2015] Most Gothenburg trolleys can accommodate at most one wheelchair assisted passenger at a time. A public outcry arose last fall after two occupational therapy students had to get off a Line 6 trolley. Now vehicles are being redesigned to make them more accessible.

  • Lifestyle advice for would-be centenarians

    [8 Apr 2015] For the past 50 years, researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy have followed the health of 855 Gothenburg men born in 1913. Now that the study is being wrapped up, it turns out that ten of the subjects lived to 100 and conclusions can be drawn about the secrets of their longevity.

  • Laproscopy should replace open surgery for rectal cancer

    [2 Apr 2015] Patients with rectal cancer currently have no choice but to undergo extensive open surgery. An international study has found that laproscopy, which is equally effective and much less invasive, should be adopted both in Sweden and abroad.

  • Researchers observe major hand hygiene problems in operating rooms

    [9 Mar 2015] An observational study by Sahlgrenska Academy researchers at a large Swedish hospital found 2,393 opportunities for hand disinfection and/or aseptic techniques. Doctors and nurses missed 90% of the opportunities.

  • Senior citizens increasingly satisfied with their sex lives

    [4 Mar 2015] Senior citizens have experienced a considerable improvement in their sex lives since the 1970s. A doctoral thesis by Nils Beckman at Sahlgrenska Academy has found that six out of every ten women and seven out of every ten men over 70 are highly satisfied with their sex lives.

  • The most effective surgical procedure for extreme obesity should be used with caution

    [6 Feb 2015] Based on five-year follow-up of patients in a randomized clinical trial, researchers have concluded that gastric bypass is the preferred treatment for extreme obesity despite the fact that it is not as effective in reducing body weight as duodenal switch.

  • Web method can prevent blindness in premature babies

    [29 Jan 2015] Children born prematurely are at risk of being struck by the eye disease ROP, which can cause blindness. Using a new web-based method, doctors can now identify the at-risk children long before the initial symptoms present themselves, which increases the possibility of preventive measures.

  • Swedish model for PSA testing has little effect on mortality

    [21 Jan 2015] The spontaneous PSA testing that has been applied in Sweden in recent decades has only had a marginal effect on mortality. An organized screening focused on those who have the most to gain would, however, reduce the risk of dying from prostate cancer by over 40 percent. This is shown by studies at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

  • Researchers find hormone that increases the sex drive of mice

    [20 Jan 2015] Swedish studies show that mice that receive a supplement of the "appetite hormone" ghrelin increase their sexual activity. Whether the hormone has the same impact on humans is unknown - but if it does, the researchers may have found the key to future treatments for sex abuse.

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