Press releases



Different views on vaginal birth after previous caesarean section

3 October, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

There is considerable variations in different countries´ health care systems and professionals in the views on vaginal birth after previous caesarean section (VBAC), according to a European study. However, women’s´ views are more similar in the different countries. Globally there is huge variation in the rate of caesarean section (CS), from a small percentage to […]


New findings enable more heart donations

24 September, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

There is a risk of every fourth heart examined for possible donation being dismissed as unusable due to stress-induced heart failure. But this condition, according to new research, has no bearing on the outcome of a transplant. These results open the way for up to 30% more heart transplant. “Systematic utilization of these hearts would […]


Epilepsy surgery: the earlier the better, overview study shows

12 September, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

A person with drug resistant epilepsy who gets an early surgical intervention has a better chance of becoming seizure free. This is shown in a systematic review and meta-analysis in which Sahlgrenska Academy researchers, in collaboration with the Swedish Council for Assessment of Health Technology and Social Services (SBU), analysed results from a range of […]


Speech impairment and more surgery in five-year-old international adoptees with cleft palate

6 September, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

In a group of internationally adopted children with cleft lip and/or palate, speech at age five is impaired compared to a corresponding group of children born in Sweden, a study shows. The adopted children also need more extensive surgery, which may be due to their surgical interventions taking place later in life. “The study shows […]


How blood sugar levels affect risks in type 1 diabetes 

28 August, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

A major new study on the association between blood glucose levels and risks of organ impairment in people with type 1 diabetes can make a vital contribution to diabetes care, in the researchers’ view.  The Swedish study now published in BMJ (British Medical Journal) covers more than 10,000 adults and children with type 1 diabetes. Using the Swedish Diabetes Register, the researchers have been able to monitor the study participants for 8–20 years. […]


Patient charges mean young people visit doctor less

21 August, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

When young adults pass the age limit for paying patient co-payments, or out-of-pocket prices, their medical consultations in primary care decrease by 7 percent, a study shows. The groups affected most are women and low-income earners. “It’s interesting that, despite relatively low charges, we find a fall in the number of physician visits,” says Naimi […]


New biomarker may uncover uncontrolled asthma  

20 August, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

Cytokines are a type of proteins that are important to the signaling between cells in the body’s immune system, for example in the case of an infection or injury. A new study which is being published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology is now indicating that the cytokine interleukin(IL)-26 could be used as a biological marker (biomarker) for uncontrolled asthma in both adults and children – and could perhaps also be a future goal for new drugs against asthma. These results are presented by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University.


Statins can prevent liver cancer

20 August, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

Fat-soluble statins can prevent liver cancer and reduce mortality in patients with chronic viral hepatitis. These are findings from a study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, among others. The study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.


Training can reverse nicotine-induced brain damage

20 August, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Motor-skill training has proved capable of reversing brain impairments in rats treated with nicotine. This effect has been demonstrated in a recent study and, in the long term, the method may also come to be tested as an aid to human smoking cessation. “It was as if the training counteracted many of the changes caused […]


Increased risk of psychiatric disorders in children with IBD

19 August, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) run a greater risk of psychiatric disorders, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in JAMA Pediatrics. The researchers claim that more psychological support and longer follow-up is needed for the children affected and their parents.