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  • Education and income determine whether women participate in cervical screening

    [11 Jan 2018] The impression that foreign-born women in Sweden more often are excluded from gynecological cancer screening needs to be reconsidered. A study from Sahlgrenska Academy, published in the journal PLOS One, makes it clear that foreign-born women participate to the same extent as women born in Sweden with a corresponding educational level and income.

  • The body's own bathroom scales - a new understanding of obesity

    [4 Jan 2018] Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found evidence for the existence of an internal body weight sensing system. This system operates like bathroom scales, registering body weight and thereby fat mass. More knowledge about the sensing mechanism could lead to a better understanding of the causes of obesity as well as new anti-obesity drugs.

  • Medication to prevent osteoporotic fractures may hinder the repair of damaged tissue

    [4 Jan 2018] A study at Sahlgrenska Academy has found that one of the most common medications to prevent osteoporitic fractures gives rise to previously unknown mineralization of bone cells. The discovery may be important for understanding the effect of medication on bone quality.

  • Bifidobacterium or fiber protect against deterioration of the inner colonic mucus layer

    [4 Jan 2018] If you are concerned about your health, you should also think about what your gut bacteria consume. Dietary fiber is a key source for their nutrition. Thus the quantity of fiber in your diet influences your weight, blood glucose level and sensitivty to insulin is well-established. The latest research from Sahlgrenska Academy shows that colonic health is also affected.

  • Gene expression explains color diversity in birds

    [21 Dec 2017] Genetic mechanisms behind sexual ornaments or threat signals are largely unknown, which limits our understanding of sexual selection and its evolutionary consequences. Research at the Universities of Gothenburg and Cambridge has previously identified a gene involved in the ability of birds to modify yellow carotenoids obtained from the diet into red pigments. The research team now shows a key role of the gene and its expression behind the evolution of red color signals in African weaverbirds, otherwise dominated by yellow species.

  • In Infancy - a research study on wrapping blankets

    [21 Dec 2017] Wrapping a stillborn child is not a new phenomenon. It is an integral part of primary healthcare where each pregnancy and childbirth clinic has its own established routines. Today emphasis is placed on attachment and bonding - parents are encouraged to see their child and take their farewells. The study In Infancy (I sin linda) show a changing approach.

  • Discovery of the fourth mobile sulfonamide resistance gene

    [19 Dec 2017] By amplicon sequencing of bacterial integrons from polluted Indian river sediments, CARe researchers have identified novel, mobile resistance genes to several classes of antibiotics.

  • Increased risk of atrial fibrillation with congenital heart disease

    [5 Dec 2017] Patients with congenital heart disease are up to 85 times more likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation as adults. The researchers behind a study, published in the journal Circulation, are now advocating more frequent screenings of the most vulnerable groups.

  • New method maps chemicals in the skin

    [29 Nov 2017] A new method of examining the skin can reduce the number of animal experiments while providing new opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Chemical imaging allows all layers of the skin to be seen and the presence of virtually any substance in any part of the skin to be measured with a very high degree of precision.

  • Microplastics - an environmental threat?

    [27 Nov 2017] Microplastics are a subject receiving much attention, both within the research field and within society. But what is the current state of knowledge concerning microplastics? What are their sources? How are they spread? Where do they go? What effects do they cause? Do they pose a threat? These questions will be discussed at a FRAM seminar with Bethanie Carney Almroth.

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