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A new method for dating ancient earthquakes and rock fracturing

17 January, 2020 - Linnéuniversitetet

Constraining the history of earthquakes produced by bedrock fracturing is important for predicting seismic activity and plate tectonic evolution. In a new study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, a team of researchers presents a new microscale technique to determine the age of crystals grown during repeated activation of natural rock fractures over a […]

Many older people’s glasses of wrong power

14 January, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Overall, Swedish 70-year-olds’ eyesight is good, but many could see even better. Six in ten can improve their vision by getting eyeglasses or changing the power of the glasses they already have, according to a new study from the University of Gothenburg. “We’re really healthy and have good eyesight in Sweden, and being 70 doesn’t […]

Study finds losing a night of sleep may increase blood levels of Alzheimer’s biomarker

8 January, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

A preliminary study by researchers at Uppsala University has found that when young, healthy men were deprived of just one night of sleep, they had higher levels of tau – a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease – in their blood than when they had a full, uninterrupted night of rest. The study is published in the medical journal Neurology.

The Vikings erected a runestone out of fear of a climate catastrophe

8 January, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Press release from the University of Gothenburg, University of Uppsala and Stockholm University, 08-01-2020   Several passages on the Rök stone – the world’s most famous Viking Age runic monument – suggest that the inscription is about battles and for over a hundred years, researchers have been trying to connect the inscription with heroic deeds […]

Smart algorithm finds possible future treatment for childhood cancer

7 January, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

Using a computer algorithm, scientists at Uppsala University have identified a promising new treatment for neuroblastoma. This form of cancer in children, which occurs in specialised nerve cells in the sympathetic nervous system, may be life-threatening.

Lower risk for malignant melanoma after bariatric surgery

2 January, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Bariatric surgery is associated with a distinct reduction in skin-cancer risk, a study shows. This finding can be described as a key piece of evidence that substantiates the connection between weight loss and malignant skin cancer. “This provides further evidence for a connection between obesity and malignant skin cancer, and for the view that we […]

The majority consider themselves more environmentally friendly than others

19 December, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Research from the University of Gothenburg shows that we tend to overestimate our personal environmental engagement. In a study with participants from Sweden, the United States, England, and India, most participants were convinced that they acted more environmentally friendly than the average person. In the study, over 4,000 people responded to how much, and how […]

­­New findings on satiety signaling from intestine

10 December, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

A previously unknown mechanism that suppresses satiety signals from the small intestine is the main finding of a new study. This may explain, first, satiety disorders in obesity and diabetes and, second, the prompt health effects of gastric bypass, a form of bariatric surgery. The study, published in the BMJ journal Gut, is based on […]

Long-term partnership to promote forestry and the forest industry

9 December, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Södra and IKEA of Sweden are now partnering with Linnaeus University in a unique long-term and strategic investment in research and education to promote forestry and the forest industry. “We operate in a region, and a country, in which forests and forest products play a major role in people’s daily lives, as well as the […]

Dual residence works well when children have a close relationship with both parents

5 December, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Dual residence, where children live approximately equally with each parent after separation or divorce, works best if the child has influence over the living arrangement and has good and close relationships with each parent. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg identifies several aspects important to the way children and young people experience their family model.