Moral distress can affect healthcare personnel during COVID-19 crisis
With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and a healthcare sector under increasing strain, healthcare personnel can find themselves facing difficult situations and moral challenges. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University have recently published a paper in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine precising what is known about moral distress, its risk and protection factors and likely implications. They also present suggestions about how the adverse effects can be mitigated.
Milder symptoms and better prognosis in children with COVID-19
Children infected with the new coronavirus generally have less severe symptoms than adults, they rarely need intensive care and very few child deaths have been reported. This according to a systematic review of COVID-19 in children, based on 45 relevant publications and performed by researchers at Karolinska Institutet. The review is published in the scientific journal Acta Paediatrica.
Karolinska Institutet formalises and strengthens its partnership with the City of Stockholm
President of Stockholm City Council, Cecilia Brinck and the President of Karolinska Institutet Ole Petter Ottersen sign today, 23 March, a declaration of intent on a collaboration.
Wallenberg Clinical Scholars for research on rheumatoid arthritis and fat cells' change
Two clinical researchers at KI have been appointed Wallenberg Clinical Scholars 2020. The individual funding of SEK 15 million from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation provides Anca Catrina and Mikael Rydén with the opportunity to deepen their research and disseminate their results in healthcare.
Collaboration increases opportunities for COVID-19 testing
Through cooperation with a Chinese supplier, financial support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and coordination with the healthcare sector, Karolinska Institutet (KI) is taking concrete steps to strengthen healthcare capacity in virus diagnostics.
Pandemic likely to go in waves, researchers say
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of Basel in Switzerland have produced a mathematical model that shows that the spread of the new coronavirus can decline in the summer and then return in the autumn and winter. The analysis has been published in the scientific journal Swiss Medical Weekly.
Karolinska Institutet launches Covid-19 training for care providers and medical staff
Karolinska Institutet has launched Covid-19 courses for care providers and medical personnel following a request from the National Board of Health and Welfare. After one week of intense preparation, two online courses are now available.
Childhood obesity tied to higher risk of anxiety, depression and premature death
Two new studies from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden underscore health risks associated with childhood obesity. Children with obesity have a three times higher risk of mortality in early adulthood compared with children in the general population and are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. The findings are published in PLOS Medicine and BMC Medicine.
New study reveals early evolution of cortex
Their researches on the lamprey brain has enabled researchers at Karolinska Institutet to push the birth of the cortex back in time by some 300 million years to over 500 million years ago, providing new insights into brain evolution. The study is published in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.
KI-researcher part of consortium receiving SEK7m for Covid-19 therapy research
Professor Ali Mirazimi at Karolinska Institutet is part of a consortium that has received 1 million Canadian dollars (almost 7 million kronor) to try to develop a drug candidate against COVID-19. Mirazimi will assist with in vitro and in vivo infection models for SARS-CoV-2. The project is a collaboration with Canadian and Chinese researchers.
Karolinska Institutet to give Covid-19 training
Karolinska Institutet’s Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters has been tasked by the National Board of Health and Welfare to arrange an education, training and practice package (e.g. on the handling of personal protective equipment) for medical personnel in connection with the Covid-19 outbreak.
A limited selection of recent publications in high impact journals where researchers from KI are main authors.
Hepatitis D in blood test linked to severe liver disease – but not in all patients
Long-term study of hepatitis D infection at secondary care centers: the impact of viremia on liver-related outcomes, Kamal H et al, Hepathology, March 2020.
Further light on photosynthesis in salt-tolerant microalgae
Structure of a Minimal Photosystem I From the Green Alga Dunaliella Salina, Perez-Boerema A et al, Nature Plants, March 2020
Web tool for meta-analysis give new insights on muscles and exercise at a molecular level
Transcriptomic profiling of skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise and inactivity, Pillon NJ et al, Nature Communications, Jan 2020.
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Spotlight on COVID-19
In early 2020, a new coronavirus was identified in China, and it has now caused a worldwide pandemic. The official name for this virus is SARS-CoV-2, and the disease that is caused by the virus is called COVID-19. Here we present news and features about KI's efforts to stop the new coronavirus.
Meet our researchers
What causes depression and why is fat cells so hard to study? These are some of the questions that researchers at KI are interested in. Find interviews and articles prevously published here at the news site or in our popular-science magazine, Medicinsk Vetenskap.