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Medical research ranked higher by people receiving health-related news while they wait

9 August, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Could large TV monitors in waiting rooms, informing visitors about current local medical research, be a good idea? A study shows that people provided with news in this way are more interested in medical research than those randomly excluded from the news flow. “Simply expressed, interest was 30 percent higher in the group that had […]

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Hormonal therapy has a long-term effect in breast cancer

8 August, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have investigated the long-term effect of hormonal therapy in women with the most common types of hormone-sensitive breast cancer. The results, presented in the journal JAMA Oncology, show that the treatment has a protective effect against distant metastatic cancer for both so-called Luminal A and Luminal B breast cancer subtypes, and a long-term effect for women diagnosed with Luminal A cancer.

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Studies of fungi provide new knowledge of harmful mutations in cells

8 August, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

Long-lived mushrooms that grow in ‘fairy rings’ accumulate surprisingly few mutations over time. This finding indicates that their protection against harmful mutations is well developed. The results, to be published in the esteemed journal Current Biology, are interesting in terms of both medicine and evolutionary biology.

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Psychiatric comorbidity contributes to increased mortality in ADHD

7 August, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

Psychiatric comorbidity may play an important role in the increased risk of premature death in people with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), according to a new extensive registry study conducted at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University in Sweden. The results, which are published in JAMA Psychiatry, suggest that improved awareness and care of psychiatric comorbidities such as substance use disorders may help reduce serious outcomes associated with ADHD.

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Multiple genes affect risk of asthma, hay fever and eczema

5 August, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

In a new study from SciLifeLab at Uppsala University, researchers have found a total of 141 regions (genes) in our genetic material that largely explain the genetic risk underlying asthma, hay fever and eczema. As many as 41 of the genes identified have not previously been linked to an elevated risk for these diseases. The results are published in the scientific journal Human Molecular Genetics.

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Solar energy becomes biofuel without solar cells

26 July, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

Soon we will be able to replace fossil fuels with a carbon-neutral product created from solar energy, carbon dioxide and water. Researchers at Uppsala University have successfully produced microorganisms that can efficiently produce the alcohol butanol using carbon dioxide and solar energy, without needing to use solar cells. The results have been published in Energy & Environmental Science.

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Scientists call for new European regulations for GMO

25 July, 2019 - Umeå universitet

Today, on the anniversary of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision on plant breeding with gene-editing, scientists sent open letter to the Swedish European parliamentarians and the Swedish government. It calls for an expedited change of the European legislation for genetically modified organisms.

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Miniaturized version of ribosome found in microsporidia

22 July, 2019 - Umeå universitet

A research team lead by MIMS/SciLifeLab research group leader Jonas Barandun, Umeå University, Sweden, uses cryo-electron microscopy to provide near atomic details of the smallest known eukaryotic cytoplasmic protein synthesis machine, the microsporidian ribosome.

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How bacteria translate proteins from structurally blocked mRNAs – using standby

15 July, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

Bacterial ribosomes need a single-stranded ribosome binding site (RBS) to initiate protein synthesis, whereas stable RNA structure blocks initiation. Paradoxically, structured mRNAs can nevertheless be efficiently translated. Researchers at Uppsala University have now elucidated the anatomy of a “standby” site and its requirements, to overcome RNA structure problems for translation.

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Game app provides knowledge of person-centred care

27 June, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Click, swipe, listen to patients and follow the talk among the healthcare staff. Now, another step in the work towards a more person-centred care is being taken as the PCC Game app is being launched. A virtual journey for greater knowledge and with tricky questions along the way. The game app was developed on behalf […]