Hyperbaric oxygen therapy tested for post-covid conditions
High-dose pressurized oxygen can stress out old immune cells, leaving behind a younger, better functioning immune system. It helped with acute COVID, and now Anders Kjellberg is testing the method for post-covid as well.
KI in international collaboration to prevent Alzheimer's disease
Karolinska Institutet is one of 24 partners in AD-RIDDLE, a collaborative project that aims to increase healthcare providers' ability to diagnose, prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease. The project, supported by among others the EU's Innovative Health Initiative (IHI), started in January 2024 and will run for five years.
Fibroblasts in the penis more important for erectile function than previously thought
Regular erections could be important for maintaining erectile function, according to a new study on mice published in Science. The KI researchers discovered that an increased frequency of erections leads to more fibroblasts that enable erection and vice versa, that a decreased frequency results in fewer of these cells.
COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women safe for newborn infants
No increased risks for babies, and for some serious neonatal complications lower risks. This is the result of the largest study to date on the safety of newborn babies whose mothers were vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy.
Researchers have mapped mortality due to heat waves
While the most extreme heatwaves have the greatest short-term impact on mortality, it is the mildest heatwaves that kill most lives over time. This is because mild heatwaves are more common. This is according to a new study that has mapped the health risks of heat waves in India.
Researchers use the eye as a window to study liver health
KI researchers have developed a method to study liver function and disease without requiring invasive procedures. After transplanting liver cells into the eye of mice, the cornea can be used as a window into the body to monitor liver health over time.
Unintentional weight loss associated with increased risk of cancer
Recent weight loss is associated with an increased risk of a cancer diagnosis in the coming year, according to a new study. The researchers behind the study urge healthcare professionals and the public to be vigilant about sudden and unintentional weight loss.
Grants, prizes and donations
ERC Proof of Concept to Professor Per-Olof Berggren
Professor Per-Olof Berggren has been awarded a ERC Proof of Concept grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The funding will be used to advance a technology in which islets of Langerhans are transplanted into the anterior chamber of the eye and employed as a screening tool to identify novel pharmaceutical treatments for diabetes.
Recruitment of operational police officers needs to be broadened
Can scientific methods be used to identify who is best suited for physically and mentally demanding missions? In his doctoral thesis, Peter Tedeholm explores the individual characteristics of Swedish operational police officers.
Aiming for Mars — curious about space medicine
After half a century in near-Earth orbit, humans are heading further out in space. First to the moon again. Then on to Mars! For this to go well, more research is needed on how space stresses the human body.
Long live the liver!
Many Swedes live with fatty liver – and it doesn’t have to be dangerous. But for some, it kicks off a course of disease in which persistent inflammation leads to cirrhosis. Medicinsk Vetenskap has talked to researchers who look after the liver – the behemoth of the belly that has a somewhat magical ability to recover, along with enormous overcapacity.
The Macchiarini case: timeline
Selected top publications
Here are the traits we inherited from Neandertals and Denisovans
Hugo Zeberg, Mattias Jakobsson & Svante Pääbo, Cell, February 2024
Researchers have established a system that allows site-specific protein degradation within mitochondria
Swastika Sanyal et al, Nature Communications, February 2024
New study gives insights into the underlying mechanisms of the formation of protein clumps in Alzheimer’s disease
Axel Abelein et al, Nature Communications, February 2024
Researchers searched for unknown transfusion-transmitted disease in new study
Gustav Edgren et al, The Lancet Digital Health, January 2024
Transplantation to the anterior chamber of the eye can advance medical research
Per-Olof Berggren et al, Physiological Reviews, January 2024
Researchers have identified immune cells that protect the ageing brain
Rasmus Berglund et al, Nature Communications, January 2024
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Information regarding the war in Ukraine
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