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Gut microbiota provide clues for treating diabetes

13 July, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

The individual mix of microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract provides vital clues as to how any future incidence of type 2 diabetes can be predicted, prevented and treated. This is demonstrated in a population study led from the University of Gothenburg. That a person’s gut microbiota can contribute to type 2 diabetes has been […]

Intrahospital transport of ICU patients a moment of risk

6 July, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

When bedbound intensive care patients are moved within a hospital, the single most common risk factor is nonfunctioning technology and equipment. These transfers, a well-known moment of risk, have been studied in a University of Gothenburg thesis. Moving critically ill patients within a hospital, for investigations and treatments, always entails risks. Today, however, the majority […]

Clear signs of brain injury with severe COVID-19

18 June, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Certain patients who receive hospital care for coronavirus infection (COVID-19) exhibit clinical and neurochemical signs of brain injury, a University of Gothenburg study shows. In even moderate COVID-19 cases, finding and measuring a blood-based biomarker for brain damage proved to be possible.  Some people infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 get only mild, cold-like symptoms, while […]

Cholesterol levels dropping in Western nations – but rising in Asia

16 June, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Cholesterol levels are declining sharply in western nations, but rising in low- and middle-income nations – particularly in Asia, according to a study of global cholesterol levels, which involve researchers at the University of Gothenburg. The new study, by hundreds of researchers from across the world was led by Imperial College London and published in […]

Improved gut microbiota with cholesterol-lowering medication

15 June, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

There is a clear link between improved gut microbiota and one of our most common cholesterol-lowering drug groups: statins. This is evident from a European study involving researchers from the University of Gothenburg. Scientists have previously found an association between the gut microbiota and various metabolism-related and cardiovascular diseases. Now the current study, published in […]

Late-life depression may be linked to gender expression

10 June, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Over time, depression has decreased among older women. But it is still nearly twice as frequent as among older men. This difference between men and women appears to be connected with both biological sex and gender expression, as a University of Gothenburg thesis investigating the prevalence of depression in 70-year-olds shows. As life expectancy rises, […]

National Swedish COVID-19 and pregnancy study

8 June, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

How are pregnancy and fetal development affected by COVID-19? What happens to the health of the mother and child after the delivery? What is the experience of expected parents during a pandemic? A national study initiated from Gothenburg, covering a majority of Sweden’s birth centers, is focusing on these questions. The COPE (COVID-19 in Pregnancy […]

Women at lower risk for cardiovascular disease than men

3 June, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Women’s risk of falling ill with cardiovascular disease, and dying from it, is lower than that of men of the same age, irrespective of where in the world they live. This is shown by a study of, in total, more than 160,000 men and women in 27 countries. Scientists at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, […]

Four of ten adults worldwide have functional gastrointestinal disorders

27 May, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

For every ten adults in the world, four suffer from functional gastrointestinal disorders of varying severity. This is shown by a study of more than 73,000 people in 33 countries. University of Gothenburg scientists are among those now presenting these results. Functional gastrointestinal disorders, FGIDs, is a collective term for chronic disorders in the gastrointestinal […]

Patients who had been waiting in operation queue died earlier

25 May, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Early surgery improved both outcome and survival in patients with the neurological condition hydrocephalus, while mortality was higher in those who had to wait, according to a thesis from the University of Gothenburg. These results add to pressure on efforts to keep waiting lists for surgery short. Hydrocephalus (idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, iNPH) is a […]