Published in The Conversation

From cold-resistant genes to face masks, Karolinska Institutet researchers contribute to the global public discourse on a range of topics through our collaboration with the international news site The Conversation. By crafting their own news articles, analyses and op-eds, they help deepen our knowledge of complex issues and current affairs. Here we present articles by KI researchers published in The Conversation.

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Senior research specialist Emma Frans writes about the outcomes of Sweden's COVID-19 pandemic approach in an article published in The Conversation. Photo: Getty Images.

Did Sweden’s controversial COVID strategy pay off? In many ways it did – but it let the elderly down
Author: Emma Frans
Published: Aug. 12, 2022

COVID: six ways long-term smell loss can affect us
Author: Johan N. Lundström
Published: June 8, 2022

Video games: our study suggests they boost intelligence in children
Authors: Torkel Klingberg, Bruno Sauce
Published: May 12, 2022

La importancia de que el aceite de oliva sea virgen para prevenir el cáncer de mama
Translation: The importance of virgin olive oil to prevent breast cancer
Authors: Carolina Donat Vargas, Adela Castelló, Marina Pollán Santamaría, Virginia Lope Carvajal
Published: March 31, 2022

7 ways to reduce perineal tearing during childbirth
Authors: Hannah Dahlen, Christine Rubertsson, Malin Edqvist
Published: March 22, 2022

How spider silk could one day be used in cancer treatment
Author: Michael Landreh
Published: March 16, 2022

Consumir alcohol en la adolescencia aumenta el riesgo de cáncer de mama a lo largo de la vida
Translation: Drinking alcohol in adolescence increases the risk of breast cancer throughout life
Authors: Marina Pollán Santamaría, Carolina Donat Vargas, Miguel Martín
Published: March 2, 2022

Por qué consumimos más en Navidad (y cómo evitarlo con neurociencia)
Translation: Why we consume more at Christmas (and how to avoid it with neuroscience)
Authors: Juan Pérez Fernández, Roberto de la Torre Martínez
Published: December 20, 2021

How often do you poo? New research shows bowel habits are written in our DNA
Authors: Mauro D'Amato, Ferdinando Bonfiglio
Published: December 9, 2021

Claims that COVID jabs can be used to track you with ‘luciferase’ are false – the substance isn’t even in the vaccine
Author: Alessondra T Speidel
Published: November 17, 2021

Tool use and language skills are linked in the brain – and practising one improves the other
Författare: Claudio Brozzoli, Simon Thibault
Publicerat: November 11, 2021

More accurate way to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease – new study
Author: Marco Bucci
Published: October 15, 2021

Qué hacer cuando sentimos que no podemos más
Translation: What to do when we feel like we can't take it anymore
Authors: Juan Pérez Fernández, Roberto de la Torre Martínez
Published: October 8, 2021

COVID infections may give more potent immunity than vaccines – but that doesn’t mean you should try to catch it
Author: Charlotte Thålin
Published: September 6, 2021 (also published in Spanish on September 7, 2021)

¿Por qué a nuestro cerebro le sientan tan bien unas vacaciones?
Translation: Why do our brains feel so good on vacations?
Authors: Juan Pérez Fernández, Roberto de la Torre Martínez
Published: August 11, 2021

Toxic chemicals linked to lower egg counts in women
Authors: Jasmin Hassan, Pauliina Damdimopoulou, Richelle Duque Björvang
Published: June 2, 2021

COVID during pregnancy poses a low risk to newborns
Author: Mikael Norman
Published: May 11, 2021

Cells from human foetuses are important for developing vaccines – but they're not an ingredient
Author: Alessonda T Speidel
Published: March 26, 2021

Napping in the afternoon can improve memory and alertness – here’s why
Authors: John Axelsson, Tina Sundelin
Published: February 26, 2021 (also published in French on March 26, 2021)

Your genetics influence how resilient you are to cold temperatures – new research
Authors: Victoria Wyckelsma, Peter John Houweling
Published: February 25, 2021
Podcast: Listen to postdoc Victoria Wyckelsma explain what she found out after convincing a group of men to sit in bathtubs full of icy water in the March 25 episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast.

Are two cloth masks better than one for preventing the spread of COVID-19?
Authors: Catherine Clase, Juan Jesus Carrero, Charles-Francois de Lannoy, Scott Laengert, Roberto Pecoits-Filho
Published: February 11, 2021

Touchscreens may make toddlers more distractible – new three-year study
Authors: Tim J. Smith, Ana Maria Portugal, Rachael Bedford
Published: February 1, 2021

COVID-19 masks FAQs: How can cloth stop a tiny virus? What’s the best fabric? Do they protect the wearer?
Authors: Catherine Clase, Juan Jesus CarreroEdouard Fu
Published: October 12, 2020 (also in French, October 23, 2020)

Articles published before 2020

There's more than practice to becoming a world-class expert
D. Zachary Hambrick, Fredrik Ullén, July 7, 2016

How to win the Euros – with a little help from neuroscience
Morten L. Kringelbach, Predrag Petrovic, Torbjörn Vestberg, June 16, 2016

FactCheck Q&A: was Lyle Shelton right about transgender people and a higher suicide risk after surgery?
Kairi Kõlves, Karolina Krysinska, Mikael Landén, Cecilia Dhejne, March 4, 2016

Nuclear bomb tests reveal formation of new brain cells
Kirsty Spalding, Gerd Kempermann, June 6, 2013