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  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 Supplement Improves Reading for Children

    [14 Sep 2016] Supplement of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may improve reading skills of mainstream schoolchildren, according to a new study from Sahlgrenska Academy, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Children with attention problems, in particular, may be helped in their reading with the addition of these fatty acids.

  • The mucosa forms special immunological memory - a breakthrough for vaccine research

    [12 Sep 2016] If a vaccine is to protect the intestines and other mucous membranes in the body, it also needs to be given through the mucosa, for example as a nasal spray or a liquid that is drunk. The mucosa forms a unique immunological antibody memory that does not occur if the vaccine is given by injection. This has been shown by a new study from Sahlgrenska Academy published in the prestigious Nature Communications.

  • Less than half of patients with gout receive preventive treatment

    [30 Aug 2016] Gout is the most prevalent arthritic disease in the Western Sweden region and its incidence has increased substantially over the last ten years. However, less than half of patients with gout receive preventive treatment according to a new study from Sahlgrenska Academy, the first of its kind in the Nordic region to investigate how prevalent gout is.

  • Recommended blood pressure targets for diabetes are being challenged

    [23 Aug 2016] The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare recently raised the recommended target blood pressure for patients with diabetes. This may lead to more patients suffering from stroke or heart attack, according to a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy. The new study is the world¿s largest on the subject and is based on data from the National Diabetes Register.

  • Low physical capacity second only to smoking as highest death risk

    [19 Aug 2016] A 45 year study in middle-aged men, at Sahlgrenska Academy, has shown that the impact of low physical capacity on risk of death is second only to smoking. The research is published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

  • Calcium Supplements Linked to Dementia Risk in Women

    [18 Aug 2016] A new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, shows that calcium supplements may be associated with an increased risk of dementia in older women who have had a stroke or other signs of cerebrovascular disease. The research is published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

  • The colon is defended from bacteria by a self-sacrificing sentinel cell

    [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.

  • Promising drugs for the most serious complications in premature children

    [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.

  • Many infants that undergo cardiac surgery develop an aged immune system

    [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.

  • Higher doses of antidepressants are associated with better treatment response

    [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.

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