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  • 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.

  • How much you weigh as a teenager is linked to your risk of heart failure in early middle age

    [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.

  • Pollen allergies have increased among Swedish adults

    [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.

  • Major differences between women and men who commit deadly violence

    [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.

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