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  • The Surface Area of the Digestive Tract "only" as Large as a Studio Apartment

    [22 Apr 2014] The internal surface area of the gastro-intestinal tract has long been considered to be between 180 and 300 square meters. Scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy have used refined microscopic techniques that indicate a much smaller area. "Actually, the inner surface of the gastro-intestinal tract is only as large as a normal studio apartment," says scientist Lars Fändriks.

  • More Cadmium in the Kidneys But Lower Risk of Harm

    [17 Apr 2014] People who have been exposed to cadmium have higher levels of this heavy metal in the kidneys than previously thought. At the same time, the harmful effects of cadmium on the kidneys are less than calculated, and future studies should rather focus on its effects on the skeleton. These are the conclusions of research carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

  • Awarded for research that may provide better treatment of glandular cancer

    [15 Apr 2014] The 2014 Assar Gabrielsson Award is presented to Doctor of Medicine Marta Persson for her research into how normal cells can turn into cancer cells. By combining basic cancer research with clinical information, the results can boost the development of better treatment for patients with salivary gland tumours. Marta Persson will receive the award and 50,000 SEK.

  • Request for the establishment of project-linked doctoral projects

    [8 Apr 2014] All institutions at the Sahlgrenska Academy are invited to make an inventory of appropriate doctoral projects and establish them for the next call for project-linked doctoral positions this spring 2014.

  • More adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes as previously thought

    [7 Apr 2014] New findings from researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, published in Diabetologia, suggests that Sweden - the country already thought to have the second highest prevalence of type 1 diabetes in the world - could have 2-3 times more adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes than previously estimated.

  • New general concept for the treatment of cancer

    [2 Apr 2014] A team of researchers from five Swedish universities, led by Karolinska Institutet and the Science for Life Laboratory, have identified a new way of treating cancer. The concept is presented in the journal Nature and is based on inhibiting a specific enzyme called MTH1, which cancer cells, unlike normal cells, require for survival. Without this enzyme, oxidized nucleotides are incorporated into DNA, resulting in lethal DNA double-strand breaks in cancer cells.

  • Drug-related morbidity in more than 10% of adults

    [27 Mar 2014] Twelve percent of adults in Sweden have diseases related to their use of medicines. But in four cases of ten it would have been possible to avoid the undesired effects. These are the conclusions of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

  • Researchers identify a mechanism linking bariatric surgery to health benefits

    [26 Mar 2014] Bariatric surgery has positive effects not only on weight loss but also on diabetes and heart disease. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy and University of Cincinnati have shown that the health benefits are not caused by a reduction in the stomach size but by increased levels of bile acids in the blood. These findings, reported in Nature, indicate that bile acids could be a new target for treating obesity and diabetes.

  • New method can diagnose a feared form of cancer

    [18 Mar 2014] Pancreatic cancer is often detected at a late stage, which results in poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy have now developed a method which identifies the cancer¿s visible precursors with 97% certainty. The method, which is expected to aid in the early discovery of the cancer as well as minimize the risk of unnecessary surgery, may be introduced in patient care within five years.

  • Breast cancer patients in need of more psychological support

    [17 Mar 2014] For women who are suffering from breast cancer, concern for their children is the greatest source of worry. A researcher at The Sahlgrenska Academy has shown this, and believes that women who are at the earliest stage of the treatment should be offered support by a psychologist or a social worker.

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