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3D imaging reveals neural 'vicious cycle' in fatty liver disease

With the application of a novel three-dimensional imaging technology, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered that one portion of the autonomic nervous system in the liver undergoes severe degeneration in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The study, which is conducted in mice and human liver tissue, shows that the degeneration of nerves is correlated with the severity of liver pathology. The results are being published in the journal Science Advances.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Karolinska Institutet


Scientists Gave Sober Cows a Drunk Walking Test

Veterinary researchers in the Netherlands and Sweden made cows walk a straight line, all the while recording their movements through motion sensors. Far from trying to identify the drunkards in the group, the scientists actually hope their research can one day help farmers better identify cows with potential health…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Animals, Livestock, Cattle, Netherlands, Cows, Mammals, Dairy Farming, Lameness, Gait, Dairy Cattle, Technology Internet, Terrestrial Locomotion


The frequency of misattributed paternity in Sweden

The frequency of misattributed paternity, where the assumed father is not the biological father, is low and decreasing in Sweden, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Internal Medicine of 1.95 million family units with children born mainly between 1950 and 1990.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Journal of Internal Medicine


We're Getting Closer to Electronic Paper That Can Display as Many Colors as an LCD Display

Electronic paper, from companies like E Ink, can display color images now while minimizing power usage. The trade-off is they look nowhere near as vibrant as display technologies like LCD and OLED, but new research out of Sweden could soon change that with an innovative type of reflective screen.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Sweden, Electronics, Kindle, Amazon Kindle, Oled, Rakuten, E Ink, Electronic Paper, E Reader, Display technology, Liquid Crystal Display, Technology Internet, Electronic Engineering, Digital Newspaper Technology


MRI can cut overdiagnoses in prostate-cancer screening by half

Most countries have not introduced nationwide prostate-cancer screening, as current methods result in overdiagnoses and excessive and unnecessary biopsies. A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, which is published in The New England Journal of Medicine, indicates that screening by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and targeted biopsies could potentially cut overdiagnoses by half. The results are presented today at the European Association of Urology Congress.
Tags: Science, Sweden, New England Journal of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet


A new look at color displays

Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, have developed a method that may lead to new types of displays based on structural colours. The discovery opens the way to cheap and energy-efficient colour displays and electronic labels. The study has been published in the scientific journal Advanced Materials.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Linkoping University


New cancer findings can give wider access to immunotherapy

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden publish new findings in the journal Cancer Discovery showing how pharmacological activation of the protein p53 boosts the immune response against tumours. The results can be of significance to the development of new combination therapies that will give more cancer patients access to immunotherapy.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Karolinska Institutet


Astonishing altitude changes in marathon flights of migratory birds

Extreme differences in flight altitude between day and night may have been an undetected pattern amongst migratory birds -- until now. The observation was made by researchers at Lund University in Sweden in a study of great snipes, where they also measured a new altitude record for migratory birds, irrespective of the species, reaching 8,700 meters.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Lund University


Drug dissolved net-like structures in airways of severely ill COVID-19 patients

When researchers at Lund University in Sweden performed advanced analyses of sputum from the airways of severely ill Covid-19 patients, they found high levels of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). It is already a known fact that NETs can contribute to sputum thickness, severe sepsis-like inflammation and thrombosis. After being treated with an already existing drug, the NETs were dissolved and patients improved. The study has now been published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Lund University


Discovery of nanosized molecules that might inhibit Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

Nanosized molecules of a particular chemical element can inhibit the formation of plaque in the brain tissues. This new discovery by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, in collaboration with researchers in Croatia and Lithuania, provides renewed hope for novel treatments of, for instance, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in the long run.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Croatia, Lithuania, Umea University


Sweden, noted for its lax COVID-19 response, never mandated face masks. Now it's dropping its vague recommendation to wear one at all.

People travel on a commuter train in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 1, 2021. Jonas Gratzer/Getty Images Sweden never mandated that people wear masks during the pandemic, unlike many other places. It only recommended people wear them at certain times on public transport. It's now dropping that recommendation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sweden broke with most of the rest of the world and never mandated that people wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Now its eve...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Sweden, Trends, News UK, Delta, Mask, Albert, TT News Agency, Stockholm Sweden, Karolinska Institute, JONATHAN NACKSTRAND, Public Health Agency, Face Mask, Jonas Gratzer Getty


During epic migrations, great snipes fly at surprising heights by day and lower by night

A stocky marsh bird with a 20-inch wingspan, great snipes are also speedy marathoners that can migrate from Sweden to Central Africa in just three days, without stopping to eat, drink, or sleep. Now, researchers find that snipes also rise nearly 2,500 meters in elevation at dawn and descend again at dusk each day, perhaps to avoid overheating from daytime solar radiation by climbing higher. The findings appear June 30 in the journal Current Biology.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Central Africa


Human stem cells enable model to test drug impact on brain's blood barrier

Using an experimental model to simulate the blood-brain barrier, scientists in Sweden reported in unprecedented detail how antioxidants protect the brain from inflammation caused by such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer's and Parkinsons.
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Major risk of eye injuries from padel, research ophthalmologists say

Several eye clinics around Sweden are seeing a rise in eye damage related to the racket sport padel. In an article in the Journal of the Swedish Medical Association (Läkartidningen), eye researchers affiliated with the University of Gothenburg state that padel is a potential high-risk sport for eye injuries, and that wearing protective goggles is a good idea.
Tags: Science, Sweden, University of Gothenburg, Swedish Medical Association Läkartidningen


Low-cost method for finding new coronavirus variants

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a technology for cost-effective surveillance of the global spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants. The technique is presented in the scientific journal Nature Communications.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Karolinska Institutet


12,000 scientific articles a year -- can they all be wrong?

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is often used to determine the chemical composition of materials. It was developed in the 1960s and is accepted as a standard method in materials science. Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, however, have shown that the method is often used erroneously.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Linkoping University


COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in people with rheumatic diseases

Population-based data shared at the EULAR 2021 congress -- The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 virus (SARS-CoV-2) is of particular concern for people with inflammatory diseases, and there are concerns that these people may be at higher risk and have poorer outcomes. However, at present the implications remain poorly understood. Population-based data from Spain show individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had an increased risk of COVID-19 diagnos...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Spain


Bronze Age Scandinavia's trading networks for copper settled

500 years after the full implementation of copper technology in Scandinavia, the trade that brought the much needed copper to Denmark and southern Sweden also expanded across the Alps. At this time, Bronze Age Scandinavians already traded frequently in central Europe and across the North Sea.
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, Denmark, Scandinavia


Induced hypothermia after cardiac arrest did not improve survival

Since 2005, the guidelines for the care of unconscious cardiac arrest patients have been to cool the body temperature down to 33 degrees Celsius. A large, randomised clinical trial led by Lund University and Region Skåne in Sweden has shown that this treatment does not improve survival. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Lund University, Region Skåne


Several persistent chemicals were found in fetal organs

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden found industrial chemicals in the organs of fetuses conceived decades after many countries had banned the substances. In a study published in the journal Chemosphere, the researchers urge decision makers to consider the combined impact of the mix of chemicals that accumulate in people and nature.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Karolinska Institutet


Free and nutritious school lunches help create richer and healthier adults

Universal school lunch programs make students healthier, and increase their lifetime income by 3%, according to a unique study from Lund University in Sweden published in The Review of Economic Studies.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Lund University


Many prolonged sick leaves for COVID-19

Nearly 12,000 people in Sweden received sickness benefit from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency for COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic. The median duration of sick leave in this group was 35 days, but for many it was considerably more long-drawn-out, according to a University of Gothenburg study.
Tags: Science, Sweden, University of Gothenburg, Social Insurance Agency


From milk protein, a plastic foam that gets better in a tough environment

A new high-performance plastic foam developed from whey proteins can withstand extreme heat better than many common thermoplastics made from petroleum. A research team in Sweden reports that the material, which may be used for example in catalysts for cars, fuel filters or packaging foam, actually improves its mechanical performance after days of exposure to high temperatures.
Tags: Science, Sweden


Earth's meteorite impacts over past 500 million years tracked

For the first time, a unique study conducted at Lund University in Sweden has tracked the meteorite flux to Earth over the past 500 million years. Contrary to current theories, researchers have determined that major collisions in the asteroid belt have not generally affected the number of impacts with Earth to any great extent.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Earth, Lund University


A drug from resin to combat epileptic seizures

New molecules, developed by researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, have promising properties as possible drugs against epilepsy. A study published in the journal Epilepsia shows that several of the molecules have antiseizure effects.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Linkoping University, Epilepsia


Football and team handball training may increase health span and, ultimately, lifespan

In a current study published in Scientific Reports, researchers from University of Southern Denmark and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden investigated the effects of lifelong regular exercise on two of the central hallmarks of aging combined and showed that football and team handball have a positive effect on telomere length and mitochondrial function in women.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Karolinska Institutet, University of Southern Denmark


No-lockdown Sweden broke with most of the world and didn't require face masks. Those who wear them say they're treated with suspicion and abuse.

Commuters at a train station in Stockholm, Sweden. The country has no mask mandate. Jonas Gratzer/Getty Images Sweden, which has taken a unique approach to the pandemic, doesn't have a mask mandate. Those who wear face masks tell Insider they are scared or face abuse in public. One person said: "I have had people cough on me or mimic coughing on more occasions than I can count." See more stories on Insider's business page. Andreia Rodrigues left Sweden because of its COVID-19 respo...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Sweden, France, Germany, Israel, Trends, News UK, Portugal, Belgium, World Health Organization, Stockholm, Gothenburg, TT News Agency, Stockholm Sweden


Coronavirus live news: Italy opens vaccinations for all over-12s; Bulgaria to share doses with Balkan neighbours

After a slow start, Italy has now given 35m doses to adults; Bulgaria says it has secured enough doses to share‘So many revolutions to lead’: generation Z on post-Covid futureBiden aims to vaccinate 70% of Americans in ‘month of action’Australian toddler taken to hospital after positive test See all our coronavirus coverage 1.21pm BST Reuters has this dispatch from San Marino, the micro-state surrounded by northern Italy which is banking on a new way to attract visitors - vaccine tourism.Eu...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Science, Sweden, US news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Brazil, Bulgaria, Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino, Reuters, Balkan, BST Reuters, Coronavirus


New nanoparticle design paves way for improved detection of tumors

Nano-sized particles have been engineered in a new way to improve detection of tumors within the body and in biopsy tissue, a research team in Sweden reports. The advance could enable identifying early stage tumors with lower doses of radiation.
Tags: Science, Sweden


App helps pregnant women to a healthy lifestyle

Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have developed an app to help women achieve a healthy weight gain and lifestyle during a pregnancy. The results from an evaluation of the app have now been published in two scientific articles. Using the app contributed to a better diet. Pregnant women with overweight or obesity who received the app also gained less weight during pregnancy.
Tags: Science, Sweden, Linkoping University



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