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Greater risk for children of mothers over 40 to die in the womb or as a newborn

13 October, 2004 - Göteborgs universitet

Women who give birth after 40 run a greater risk of experiencing pregnancy complications than younger women. Moreover, there is an increased risk of the child dying in the womb or in close connection with delivery. This is shown in a study carried out by the Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University.


Eastern Europeans happy and unhappy with democracy

12 October, 2004 - Örebro universitet

The citizens of the formerly communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe are satisfied with democracy as a form of government but dissatisfied with way the democratic system is working. This has been shown in a doctoral dissertation by political scientist Jonas Linde at Örebro University in Sweden. Linde has found a gap between support for the principles of democracy and how the political system is working in practice.


Drug for rheumatism possible boon to heart patients

8 October, 2004 - Lunds universitet

Atheromatosis, which lies behind heart attacks, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems, has a major impact on public health. So does chronic rheumatoid arthritis. These two diseases are completely different from each other, but they do have one common denominator: inflammation. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden can now show that it might also be possible to treat them with the same drug.


Talking to your dying child

20 September, 2004 - Karolinska Institutet

For the first time a major study is now being presented in which parents of children who died of cancer were given the opportunity to talk about their experiences. The findings are being published in several acclaimed articles and a doctoral dissertation at Karolinska Institutet.


Major EU project shows: “Killer bacteria” more common than expected

16 September, 2004 - Lunds universitet

Severerious infections with Group A streptococci, sometimes called “flesh-eating killer bacteria,” are considerably more common than expected in many countries. In an EU project covering 11 countries, headed by Lund University in Sweden, it was calculated that some 1,000 cases would be found over an initial 1½-year period. Fully 5,000 were identified.


Handsfree mobile phone is no safer in traffic

13 September, 2004 - VTI – Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut

A VTI study performed in the driving simulator shows that using a mobile phone with a handsfree kit is no safer in traffic than using a hand-held mobile phone.


Robots can learn from their mistakes

10 September, 2004 - Örebro universitet

In the near future, intelligent, automated robots will help us in a number of different fields, such as transports, cleaning, mining, and agriculture. These robots will steer themselves without human involvement and will plan their own tasks. This makes great demands on safety, so that people, animals, or other things in the environment are not injured or damaged.