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Self-sampling identifies twice as many women at risk of cervical cancer

Press Releases   •   Feb 15, 2018 13:26 GMT

Using self-sampling followed by HPV testing, more than twice as many women at risk of developing cervical cancer could be identified and offered preventive treatment. This is shown by researchers at Uppsala University in the first randomised study in the world comparing two ways of identifying cervical cancer, published today in the British Journal of Cancer.

Christina Garsten new principal at SCAS

Christina Garsten new principal at SCAS

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2018 13:15 GMT

Christina Garsten has been appointed new principal at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS). She succeeds Björn Wittrock, who was one of the three founding directors of the Collegium. Garsten will take office on 15 August, 2018.

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Type-2 diabetes: insulin held up in traffic

Press Releases   •   Feb 06, 2018 17:00 GMT

In a new study, researchers from the universities of Uppsala and Lund show why insulin secretion is not working properly in patients suffering from type-2 diabetes. The report is published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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New method enables high-resolution measurements of magnetism

Press Releases   •   Feb 06, 2018 11:59 GMT

In a new article, published in Nature Materials, researchers from Beijing, Uppsala and Jülich have made significant progress allowing very high resolution magnetic measurements. With their method it is possible to measure magnetism of individual atomic planes.

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New technology for accelerated wound healing discovered

Press Releases   •   Feb 05, 2018 20:00 GMT

Researchers at Uppsala University and SLU have found a new way of accelerating wound healing. The technology and the mode of action method published in PNAS involves using lactic acid bacteria as vectors to produce and deliver a human chemokine on site in the wounds.

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World Cancer Day 2018: Better cancer care in focus at Uppsala Health Summit 2018

Press Releases   •   Feb 02, 2018 13:55 GMT

Thanks to advances in treatment options, the chances of surviving cancer are better than ever before. However, cancer incidence is increasing and new forms of therapy are expensive. As a result, resource management and priority setting face major challenges. How can we ensure equitable access to diagnosis and treatment? This topic is the focus of Uppsala Health Summit 2018, “Care for Cancer”.

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Report Uppsala Health Summit: 100 years after the Spanish flu – how can we protect ourselves against new epidemics?

Press Releases   •   Feb 01, 2018 07:30 GMT

Warding off the threats of future epidemics will be difficult without better cooperation and contingency plans that allow us to act before a crisis hits. This is one message in a new report summarising the discussions of the Uppsala Health Summit on the theme of Tackling Infectious Disease Threats: Prevent, Detect and Respond with a One Health Approach, which took place in October last year.

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Pulling an all-nighter impairs working memory in women

Press Releases   •   Jan 31, 2018 13:50 GMT

Over the last few decades, a wealth of evidence has accumulated to suggest that a lack of sleep is bad for mind and body. Working memory is important for keeping things in mind for briefer periods of time, which thereby facilitates reasoning and planning. A team of sleep scientists from Uppsala University now demonstrates that acute sleep loss impacts working memory differently in women and men.

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The same psychological mechanism explains violence among Muslim and Western extremists

Press Releases   •   Jan 31, 2018 08:46 GMT

Why do some Westerners attack Muslim minorities and asylum seekers and why do some Muslims support and engage in terror against the West? New research suggests that the reasons for such extreme behaviour might be the same in both groups. The results have now been published in the European Journal of Social Psychology.

Reduced attention to audiovisual synchrony in infancy predicts autism diagnosis at three years of age

Reduced attention to audiovisual synchrony in infancy predicts autism diagnosis at three years of age

Press Releases   •   Jan 23, 2018 11:00 GMT

A new study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry suggests that infants who pay little attention to synchronous sights and sounds may be at elevated risk of later being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This knowledge about early development in ASD may contribute to earlier detection and intervention in the future.

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​UCDP peace researchers: Was 2017 the end of IS?

Press Releases   •   Jan 19, 2018 09:31 GMT

When peace researchers at Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) summarize the conflict situation for the world in 2017, much focus is on the so-called Islamic State, IS. During the year, both Iraq and Syria claimed that IS had been defeated. Does the weakening of IS mean that the trend of large numbers of battle-related deaths in the world is ending?

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New method to stop cells dividing could help fight cancer

Press Releases   •   Jan 18, 2018 17:00 GMT

Researchers at Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet, and the University of Oxford, have used a new strategy to shut down specific enzymes to stop cells from dividing. The method, published in Cell Chemical Biology, can be used as a strategy to fight cancer.

Genomic data suggest two main migrations into Scandinavia after the last ice age

Genomic data suggest two main migrations into Scandinavia after the last ice age

Press Releases   •   Jan 09, 2018 19:00 GMT

In a new study published in PLOS Biology, an international research team suggests Scandinavia was populated by two main migrations after the last glacial maximum: an initial migration of groups from the south (modern day Denmark and Germany) and an additional migration from the north-east, following the ice-free Atlantic coast.

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​Group interventions reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms among unaccompanied refugee minors

Press Releases   •   Dec 20, 2017 09:52 GMT

Participation in a post-traumatic stress group can be an effective help for unaccompanied refugee minors. In a new study, one in five young people completely recovered from their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and many reported improved symptoms after having participated in a group. The study from Uppsala University is the first in Scandinavia using the Teaching Recovery Techniques.

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A Market of Murders: new thesis on 21st-century Swedish crime fiction

Press Releases   •   Dec 20, 2017 07:10 GMT

Why have Swedish detective stories become so immensely popular in our century? What murder motives and weapons are most common in the genre, and why? And is it true that Swedish crime fiction is characterised by social criticism? A new thesis from Uppsala University provides answers.

Treasure trove of highly detailed fossils uncovered by Uppsala researchers

Treasure trove of highly detailed fossils uncovered by Uppsala researchers

Press Releases   •   Dec 19, 2017 12:52 GMT

​A team of researchers from Uppsala University have uncovered a hidden diversity of microscopic animal fossils from over half a billion years ago lurking in rocks from the northern tip of Greenland.

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Mechanism identified behind enzyme involved in liver and other human cancers

Press Releases   •   Dec 07, 2017 17:00 GMT

To understand what has gone wrong when cancer occurs and to create new possibilities for treatment, it is important to understand the molecular mechanisms behind what is happening at the cellular level. New research, which is now published in the journal Molecular Cell, explains how the motor of an enzyme in DNA damage repair is switched on and off and how these processes might go awry in cancer.

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The origin of a new species of Darwin’s finches

Press Releases   •   Nov 23, 2017 20:35 GMT

Darwin’s finches in the Galápagos archipelago provide an iconic model for the evolution of biodiversity on earth due to natural selection. A team of scientists from Princeton University and Uppsala University now reports that they have observed the origin of a new species. A new lineage was formed by the hybridization of two different species of Darwin’s finches.

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Genome sequencing reveals extensive inbreeding in Scandinavian wolves

Press Releases   •   Nov 20, 2017 16:00 GMT

Researchers from Uppsala University and others have for the first time determined the full genetic consequences of intense inbreeding in a threatened species. The large-scale genomic study of the Scandinavian wolf population is reported in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Dog ownership linked to lower mortality

Press Releases   •   Nov 17, 2017 10:00 GMT

A team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up.