Spotlight on; Unequal health
Increasing equality in human health is a critical scientific issue
Have a car. Don’t be poor. Don’t have a stressful job. Age, gender and socioeconomics are some of the factors that affect your risk of developing an illness and of dying prematurely. Sweden has set the goal of levelling out influenceable health gaps within one generation. But is this goal realistic? And why is it so difficult to achieve?
Strong support for Annika Östman Wernerson as new president of KI
Annika Östman Wernerson receives strong support as new president of KI. This is shown by the advisory vote that the Consultative College, consisting of 119 representatives, teachers, students, and other staff, has carried out. The Election Committee decided at their meeting on September 20, to bring forward Östman Wernerson to the University Board as a proposal for new president of KI.
Occupational therapist Susanne Guidetti improves the lives of people with stroke
A humble ‘doer’ with vision. Professor and occupational therapist Susanne Guidetti wants to make life worth living for stroke victims. ‘I’ve learned that life can’t be taken for granted, but also that we can affect our situations much more than we think,’ she says.
New study explains link between diabetes and UTIs
Lower immunity and recurring infections are common in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. KI researchers now show that the immune system of people with diabetes has lower levels of the antimicrobial peptide psoriasin, which compromises the urinary bladder’s cell barrier, increasing the risk of urinary tract infection. The study is published in Nature Communications.
Rheumatoid arthritis drug effective against myasthenia
Early intervention with rituximab, a drug used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), can reduce the risk of deterioration in myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease that causes loss of muscle control. This is according to a randomised clinical study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and published in the journal JAMA Neurology.
Higher risk of serious COVID-19 complications in children with immunodeficiency
Children with certain immunodeficiency diseases carry mutations in genes that regulate the body’s immune system against viral infections and they have a higher mortality rate due to COVID-19. This is according to a study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Severe grief can lead to poor health
Deep grief has both mental and physical health consequences for the sufferer that can take decades to heal. People can even die of grief. It is therefore important to try to alleviate the effects of severe grief, something that we in Sweden aren’t particularly good at.
Repeated serious infections linked to increased risk of some neurodegenerative diseases
Infections treated with specialty hospital care in early- and mid-life are associated with an increased subsequent risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, but not amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet, published in PLOS Medicine.
Lessons from Sweden's COVID approach
Although Sweden was hit hard by the first wave, its total excess deaths during the first two years of the pandemic was among the lowest in Europe. Senior research specialist Emma Frans looks back at how Sweden handled the pandemic and how its approach compared against others in an article published by The Conversation.
Nobel Calling 2022 at Karolinska Institutet
Every year in October, the recipients of the Nobel Prizes will be announced. In connection with this, the Nobel Prize Museum organizes inspirational events and instructive meetings in collaboration with, among others, Karolinska Institutet.
Top publications in selection
Discovery of novel prognosis-associated lung cancer cell subsets
Pellinen T et al, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, September 2022
Immune response differs between immunodeficient patients after Covid mRNA vaccination
Yu Gao et al, Immunity, July 2022
Neurons specialised in encoding sound emerge before birth
Francois Lallemend et al, Nature Communications, July 2022
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