New method estimates risks of hormone-disrupting substances in drinking water
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new method that can make it easier for public authorities to assess the health risks of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the environment.
Unique global online tool paves the way for more individualised cancer treatments
Making the latest research results available to doctors increases the opportunities for finding better individualised cancer treatment. For a few years, researchers at Karolinska Insititutet and several other universities have been working on building a digital tool which will make global genomic data easily available as support for treatment decisions.
Brain imaging can predict Alzheimer’s-related memory loss
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have imaged tau protein in the brains of living patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The amount and spread of tau proved a predictor of future memory loss. Brain imaging for measuring tau can be useful both for improving diagnosis and for developing more effective treatments, say the researchers. The study is published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.
Apgar score effective in assessing health of preterm infants
The vitality of preterm infants should be assessed with an Apgar score, a tool used to measure the health of newborns immediately after birth. That is the conclusion by researchers at Karolinska Institutet who in a large observational study examined the value of Apgar scores for preterm infants. The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Blood tests can predict the risk of liver cirrhosis
Repeated measurements of the biomarker FIB-4 in the blood every few years can predict the risk of developing severe liver disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Hepatology by Dr Hannes Hagström and colleagues. The risk of liver cirrhosis increases if the levels of this biomarker rise between two testing occasions.
The new coronavirus
Immunity to COVID-19 is probably higher than tests have shown
New research from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital shows that many people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 demonstrate so-called T-cell-mediated immunity to the new coronavirus, even if they have not tested positively for antibodies. According to the researchers, this means that public immunity is probably higher than antibody tests suggest. The article is freely available on the bioRxiv server and has been submitted for publication in a scientific journal.
One year with Stockholm trio
Just over 12 months ago, the Stockholm trio university alliance was launched. The university alliance between the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University and KTH has been extended and further developed within several areas over the course of the year. Joint representation in Brussels is a vision that is set to be realised this autumn.
A limited selection of recent publications in high impact journals to which researchers at KI have contributed.
New method reveals more genetic links to human traits and diseases
High-definition likelihood inference of genetic correlations across human complex, Ning Z, Pawitan Y, Shen X, Nature Genetics, June 2020.
Decreased mortality in patients diagnosed with aortic dissection
Sex differences and temporal trends in aortic dissection: a population-based study of incidence, treatment strategies, and outcome in Swedish patients during 15 years, Smedberg C et al, European Heart Journal, June 2020.
Patients with chronic kidney disease may benefit from more fruit and vegetables
Plant-based diets to manage the risks and complications of chronic kidney disease, Carrero JJ et al, Nature Reviews Nephrology, June 2020.
Environmental factors do not explain increased prevalence of autism
Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autistic Traits Over Time, Taylor MJ et al, JAMA Psychiatry, May 2020.
KI in the media
The Macchiarini case: timeline
Ten questions (plus one extra) for KI’s new chairman of the university board
In a sense, Göran Stiernstedt will have come full circle when he takes up office as KI chairperson on 1 May 2020. He once took his medical degree at KI, and now he’s back.
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.