[8 Jul 2014] According to folklore, the full moon affects human sleep. International researchers are trying to determine whether there is any truth to the belief. Studies by a team at Sahlgrenska Academy have found that people actually sleep 20 minutes less when the moon is full.
[1 Jul 2014] Children who live on farms that produce milk run one-tenth the risk of developing allergies as other rural children. According to researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, pregnant women may benefit from spending time on dairy farms to promote maturation of the fetal and neonatal immune system.
[24 Jun 2014] Internet treatment of mild and moderate depression episodes is equally effective as regular treatment for depression. Internet therapy provides resources that help make treatment for depression available to more people. This was shown in a study at the University of Gothenburg.
[23 Jun 2014] Chronic tissue inflammation is typically associated with obesity and metabolic disease, but new research from the Sahlgrenska Academy and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas now finds that a level of "healthy" inflammation is necessary to prevent metabolic diseases, such as fatty liver.
[10 Jun 2014] In a study that included long-term follow-up of obese patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery was associated with more frequent diabetes remission and fewer complications than patients who received usual care, according to a study in the June 11 issue of JAMA, a diabetes theme issue.
[10 Jun 2014] A study of 8 European countries presented at this year´s European Congress on Obesity (ECO)in Sofia, Bulgaria, shows that children consuming a diet more in line with the rules of the Mediterranean one are 15% less likely to be overweight or obese than those children who do not.
[2 Jun 2014] Children born into families with a history of violence risk negative health consequences in both the short term and the long term. The maternal healthcare system should, therefore, become better at discovering women in the childbearing period who are subject to intimate partner violence. Men who have perpetrated violence also desire to receive help and support. These results have been presented by scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy, who have interviewed around 20 men and women about their experiences with intimate partner violence in the childbearing period.
[30 May 2014] Since the SARS epidemic in 2003, coronaviruses have been on the watch list for emerging pathogens, and the ongoing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) confirmed that they represent a serious threat. No specific drugs exist against coronaviruses so far, but an article published on May 29th in PLOS Pathogens introduces a new inhibitor of coronaviruses and implicates a specific process in the life cycle of these viruses that it blocks.
[26 May 2014] Drugs that contain lithium used to treat bipolar disorder can cause serious kidney damage. The benefit gained from these drugs, however, outweighs the risks, and scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy therefore recommend that treatment with lithium-based drugs should continue.
[21 May 2014] The Academy Board of the Sahlgrenska Academy has appointed five new honorary doctors to the Academy. They have all, through various forms of collaboration, contributed to reinforcing research at the Faculty.