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How corona is changing the retail industry

15 May, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

Social distancing has fundamentally changed shopping behaviors and thereby the retail industry – but what will happen next? What opportunities may arise as the dust settles and we move towards a new normal? The corona pandemic has struck a hard blow to the retail industry. Social distancing means fewer customers passing through brick and mortar […]

Treatment no better in clinical trials

11 May, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

Patients taking part in clinical trials do not receive better treatment than other patients. This is the conclusion of a new study led from Uppsala University and published in peer-reviewed journal BMC Cancer, which confirms the results of an earlier study from 2004.

Doing the right thing – why it’s harder for some

8 May, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

All over the world, personal movement has been restricted to various degrees in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But some people seem to having trouble staying away from others. Social psychology may help us understand why some of us are not listening. Nobody was prepared for the new decade to kick off […]

Old democracies cope better with severe crisis than newer ones

6 May, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

In established democracies with long experience of democracy, the risk of democratic breakdown, in the face of a crisis like the current corona-crisis, is low. The outlook is very different for new democracies, especially those with weak civil society and weak political parties, according to research from the University of Gothenburg. The interwar period, 1918–1939, […]

How gene flow between species influences the evolution of Darwin’s finches

4 May, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

Despite the traditional view that species do not exchange genes by hybridisation, recent studies show that gene flow between closely related species is more common than previously thought. A team of scientists from Uppsala University and Princeton University now reports how gene flow between two species of Darwin’s finches has affected their beak morphology.

AI – a New Tool for Cardiac Diagnostics

4 May, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be an aid to interpreting ECG results, helping healthcare staff to diagnose diseases that affect the heart. Researchers at Uppsala University and heart specialists in Brazil have developed an AI that automatically diagnoses atrial fibrillation and five other common ECG abnormalities just as well as a cardiologist.

Lymphatic vessels in mice and humans: alike yet different

4 May, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

In an international collaboration, researchers from Uppsala University have mapped the lymph node lymphatic vessels in mice and humans down to the level of individual cells. The results may eventually help scientists to discover new methods for strengthening the immune system against viruses and cancer. Their work has been published in the journal Frontiers of Cardiovascular Research.

Reduced obesity for weighted-vest wearers

30 April, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Scientists from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found a new method of reducing human body weight and fat mass using weighted vests. The new study indicates that there is something comparable to built-in bathroom scales that contributes to keeping our body weight and, by the same token, fat mass constant. The researchers hypothesized that […]

Mind-controlled arm prostheses that “feel” are now a part of everyday life

29 April, 2020 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

​For the first time, people with arm amputations can experience sensations of touch in a mind-controlled arm prosthesis that they use in everyday life. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on three Swedish patients who have lived, for several years, with this new technology – one of the world’s most integrated interfaces between human and machine.