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  • NFL plasma concentration a sensitive new biomarker for identifying central nervous system injury

    [27 Nov 2015] Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have devised a method for detecting injury to the central nervous system by examining blood plasma. The approach, which has been tested thus far on individuals with HIV-associated brain injury, opens the door to diagnosis of a wide range of neurodegenerative disorders without taking invasive samples of the cerebrospinal fluid.

  • Per-Ingvar Brånemark inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame

    [20 Nov 2015] Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, creator of the dental implant, is now joining the likes of Alfred Nobel, Thomas Edison and Louis Pasteur in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The U.S. institution pays homage to the world¿s most prominent inventors and scientists and Per-Ingvar Brånemark will be honored at a large ceremony this spring.

  • A different kind of anesthesia a possible treatment for stress induced cardiomyopathy

    [19 Nov 2015] Stress induced cardiomyopathy after cerebral hemorrhage has been shown to increase the risk of further brain damage. These patients can now be identified by a simple blood test, and a possible treatment for stress induced cardiomyopathy has been discovered - a different kind of anesthesia than that currently being used. A new doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy has explored these issues.

  • Better blood pressure control - by mobile phone

    [17 Nov 2015] An interactive web system with the help of your mobile phone can be an effective tool for better blood pressure control. Test persons lowered their blood pressure, were better able to understand how their lifestyle affects their blood pressure and actively participated in followup discussions. These results were shown in a doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy.

  • New technique could prevent dangerous biofilms on catheters

    [13 Nov 2015] Biofilms frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can cause life-threatening infections. New research at the Sahlgrenska Academy show that coating implants with a certain ¿activator¿ can prevent Staphylococcus aureus, the leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, from forming biofilms.

  • A specific gene can forewarn of depression in old people

    [12 Nov 2015] A gene that is already associated with Alzheimer´s disease is also thought to increase the risk of developing depression in the elderly. With aid of this gene, persons at risk can be identified and treated at an early point in time, according to research from the University of Gothenburg.

  • Less risk of caries for those who chose prepaid dental care

    [10 Nov 2015] Eight years ago prepaid dental care, Frisktandvård, was introduced as a new method of payment within the Swedish Public Dental Service. A thesis that has carried out an assessment of this reform shows that patients in Frisktandvård experienced better control over both their dental health and their money ¿ and also got less caries over time.

  • Patients with disc herniations in the neck are happier in the long term after an operation

    [9 Nov 2015] In the longer term, patients who have an operation for a disc herniation in the neck are happier with both pain relief and function than those who are only treated with physiotherapy, according to a new thesis.

  • The gut microbiota can influence the effectiveness of dietary treatments

    [6 Nov 2015] Why a dietary treatment works for some but not others seems to depend on interactions between the gut microbiota and the diet. A new study, published in Cell Metabolism, shows that people with better control of blood sugar after eating barley kernel bread also have a different balance of microbes in the gut.

  • The morphology (structure) of adipose (fat) tissue during pregnancy can reveal the risk of developing type 2 diabetes

    [6 Nov 2015] Normal weight women accumulate fat in existing adipocytes (fat cells) during pregnancy, whereas those with obesity form new adipocytes. A PhD thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy has shown that the morphology of adipose tissue is associated with insulin resistance in pregnant women and may reveal the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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