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New tests identify very early changes in Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear

30 November, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, together with their colleagues at the Barcelona Beta Research Centre in Spain, the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the University of Paris, have found new forms of tau protein that become abnormal in the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease before cognitive problems develop. The […]

Specific bacterium in the gut linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

25 November, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have detected a connection between Brachyspira, a genus of bacteria in the intestines, and IBS — especially the form that causes diarrhea. Although the discovery needs confirmation in larger studies, there is hope that it might lead to new remedies for many people with irritable bowel syndrome.

The gut microbiota forms a molecule that can contribute to diabetes progression

18 November, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

It is the bacterial changes in the gut that increase the levels of imidazole propionate, the molecule that makes the body’s cells resistant to insulin in type 2 diabetes. This result emerges from a European study, MetaCardis. The gut and its bacteria are considered important in many diseases and several studies have shown that the […]

Good long-term effects of continuous glucose monitoring

16 November, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

New data on continuous glucose monitoring for people with type 1 diabetes, over a significantly longer period than before, are now available. A University of Gothenburg study shows that using the CGM tool, with its continuous monitoring of blood sugar (glucose) levels, has favorable effects over several years. The technology of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) […]

Continuity determines whether physical activity on prescription works for the least active

12 November, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Ongoing support for several years and focus on the individual. These are success factors that make physical activity on prescription a workable concept for patients, including those who, after six months, have not reached their desired physical activity level, a University of Gothenburg thesis shows. The thesis concerned comprises studies of 444 patients who were […]

A molecule from gut bacteria reduces effect of diabetes medication

11 November, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

The action of metformin, the classic drug used to treat diabetes by stabilizing blood sugar, can be blocked by a molecule from the bacteria in our intestines, a University of Gothenburg study shows. Metformin is the primary treatment option for type 2 diabetes, but there are major variations in how individuals respond to this drug. […]

Cell ageing can be slowed by oxidants

9 November, 2020 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

At high concentrations, reactive oxygen species – known as oxidants – are harmful to cells in all organisms and have been linked to ageing. But a study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has now shown that low levels of the oxidant hydrogen peroxide can stimulate an enzyme that helps slow down the ageing of […]

Higher risk of future fecal incontinence after sphincter injuries

2 November, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

The risk of subsequent fecal incontinence and intestinal gas leakage is significantly higher among women who, during childbirth, have suffered a sphincter injury and consequent damage to the anal sphincter muscle, was shown in a new study from the University of Gothenburg. Most births in Sweden occur without complications for the mother and child. Mild […]

Difficult to build a family after exposure to chemical weapons

30 October, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

People who have been exposed to chemical warfare agents (CWAs) feel uncertain, decades after the exposure, about their survival and ability to build a family, a University of Gothenburg study shows. Women are more severely affected than men. The study, published in BMJ Open, is based on qualitative, in-depth interviews with 16 survivors of the […]

Immune response the probable underlying cause of neural damage in COVID-19

22 October, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

It is probably the immune response to, rather than the virus in itself, that causes sudden confusion and other symptoms from the nervous system in some patients with COVID-19. This is shown by a study of cases involving six Swedish patients, now published in the journal Neurology. With accumulated experience of the disease, it has […]