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Difficulties with Reading and narration in children with autism

21 May, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Children with autism may be good at reading a text one word at a time, but simultaneously have problems in understanding and retelling the content of what they read. Research now shows the importance, for these children, of extensive language assessment and follow-up over time. “It’s usually a deviant language development that parents worry about […]

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Rare disease gives new insight into regulatory T cell function

23 April, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

An international study led from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutetprovides new insights into the regulatory T cells’ role in protecting against autoimmune disease. By mapping the targets of the immune system in patients with the rare disease IPEX, they were able to show that regulatory T cells control immunotolerance in the gut. The results are published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Avian influenza in Bangladesh: the role of migratory birds in the transmission of disease

28 January, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Avian influenza is a devastating disease in poultry, caused highly-pathogenic avian influenza viruses. The virus infects both wild and domestic birds and an important epidemiological question is to which extent wild waterfowl contribute to long-distance dispersal of disease. Jonas Waldenström and Mariëlle van Toor at Linnaeus University have now been granted SEK 3.5 million to […]

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Old cells repair damage in the brains of MS patients

23 January, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

A new study shows that there is a very limited regeneration of cells in the brain of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). These findings underline the importance of treating MS at an early stage of the disease progression, when the affected cells can repair the damage as they are not replaced by new ones. The results are published in the journal Nature by researchers from Swedens Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University.

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New insights about the role of myelin-producing cells in MS

23 January, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

Subpopulations of oligodendrocytes, myelin-producing cells in the brain that are targeted by the immune system in multiple sclerosis (MS), are altered in MS and might therefore have additional roles in the disease than previously described. The results are published in the journal Nature, in a study led by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and University of Edinburgh in the UK.

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New project to improve drugs safety in East Africa

4 September, 2018 - Karolinska Institutet

In recent years access to drugs and vaccines has been increasing in many African countries, but the systems for monitoring treatment effects and reporting side-effects require further development. Karolinska Institutet in Sweden will now lead an international collaboration project on pharmacovigilance – drugs safety – in four countries in East Africa.

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You walk talks

18 May, 2018 - Högskolan i Halmstad

The way you walk can reveal current and future health problems. New research from Halmstad University suggests the use of wearable sensors for analysing your movement. This can potentially result in early detection of for example Parkinson’s disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis and other neuro-physiological disorders. Many of our body systems, such as the cardio-vascular system […]

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Gentle touch can decrease stress

3 April, 2018 - Göteborgs universitet

“I can see that touch might be helpful in several types of therapy; for example in stress treatments and for helping people in anxiety states to relax”, Chantal Triscoli says.

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Apgar scores in neonates predict risk of CP and epilepsy

8 February, 2018 - Karolinska Institutet

An infant’s scores on the so-called Apgar scale can predict the risk of a later diagnosis of cerebral palsy or epilepsy. The risk rises with decreasing  Apgar score, but even slightly lowered scores can be linked to a higher risk of these diagnoses, according to an extensive observational study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in The BMJ.

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How exercise training promotes a sound mind in a sound body

6 February, 2018 - Karolinska Institutet

A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that the same mechanisms behind the beneficial effects of exercise training on the brain also help to counteract fat and to strengthen the immune system. The results, which are published in the journal Cell Metabolism, can ultimately give rise to new obesity and diabetes drugs.