Time for reflection improves elderly’s mealtime experience
2 March 2017
A year of recurrent staff supervision, headed by a dietitian, at nursing homes for the elderly in Sweden resulted in a better mealtime situation for residents. Improvements were observed in how tables were laid and food was served, in sound leve...
Studying genes in clusters allows for better predictions
28 February 2017
When many genes regulate a single trait, they commonly work together in large clusters or ‘networks’. Taking this into account allows better predictions of how an individual’s genetic make-up affects the trait concerned. The risk of perceiving the...
Archaeologists at the vanguard of environmental and climate research
26 February 2017
The history of people and landscapes, whether natural or cultural, is fundamentally connected. Answering key historical questions about this relation will allow us to approach our most important environmental issues in novel ways. Today in the ope...
Rapid increase in resistant intestinal bacteria among preschool children
23 February 2017
In a new thesis Johan Kaarme, a paediatrician at Uppsala University Hospital and PhD student at the University, points to a more than sixfold increase – from just under 3% to approximately 20% – in ESBL-forming intestinal bacteria among healthy pr...
Genetic data show mainly men migrated to Europe from the Pontic steppe 5,000 years ago
21 February 2017
A new study published in PNAS, looking at the sex-specifically inherited X chromosome of prehistoric human remains, shows that hardly any women took part in the extensive migration from the Pontic-Caspian Steppe approximately 5,000 years ago.
Men with higher cognitive ability better at taking heart medication
17 February 2017
After a heart attack, it is important for patients to take medication that lowers cholesterol levels. In a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers at Uppsala and Umeå Universities have found that general c...
New type of nanosensor detects DNA building blocks
15 February 2017
Researchers at Uppsala University and in Brazil have developed a new type of nanosensor that can detect single molecules. The nanosensor, comprising a combination of two different materials, has been used to identify the different building blocks ...
Stable solar power requires reliable forecasts
13 February 2017
How much sunlight will there be and how much electricity will society need in the next few days? These are questions that need clear answers if solar power is to become a reliable energy source. To solve this problem, researchers at Uppsala Univer...
Organic matter composition found to be critical factor in mercury methylation
9 February 2017
The biological formation of neurotoxic methyl mercury is an enigmatic process underpinning mercury-related health and environmental hazards. Nevertheless, the exact mechanisms and the factors controlling the process are still not well understood.
New association found between gene mutations and cancer metastasis
27 January 2017
Researchers at Uppsala University have identified gene mutations that are associated with the spread of metastases in colorectal cancer. The findings that have recently been published in the journal Cancer Research could be used to identify patien...
Secret of supervolcano found in tiny crystals
26 January 2017
Researchers have now found an explanation for what triggered the largest volcanic eruption witnessed by mankind. The volcano’s secret was revealed by geochemical clues hidden inside volcanic quartz crystals.
Climate change affects evolution of collared flycatcher
25 January 2017
In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have found evidence of that climate change upends selection of face characteristics in the collared flycatcher. During the study the annual fitness selection on forehead patch size switched from po...
Brain tumours’ origin affects their malignancy and drug sensitivity
25 January 2017
Patients with glioblastoma have very poor prognosis since there are no effective therapies. In a study published in Cell Reports, researchers at Uppsala University have discovered a correlation between the cell type from which the tumour originate...
A new principle for epigenetic changes discovered
20 January 2017
In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have found evidence of a new principle for how epigenetic changes can occur. The principle is based on an enzyme, tryptase, that has epigenetic effects that cause cells to proliferate in an uncontr...
Uppsala researchers produce vital component in search for earth-like planets
20 January 2017
Researchers at Uppsala University plan to manufacture a new type of coronagraph for the VLT, the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The coronagraph is a key component of the telescope which will be used to search for planets in the neighbouring star s...
Mobile microscope to analyse cancer tumours, bacteria and viruses
18 January 2017
With the help of a new microscope which is attached to a regular mobile, doctors can diagnose for example cancer tumours, infections and tuberculosis. The invention could become a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance.
Delayed clamping prevents anaemia
18 January 2017
When clamping of the umbilical cord is delayed, iron deficiency up to six months of age can be prevented, according to a new study from Uppsala University, published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study was conducted in Nepal.
Renewable energy could power the Nordic countries
17 January 2017
The Nordic countries could manage their energy supply through renewable energy alone but it would require the right mix of energy sources and an adaptation of both energy storage and distribution. This is the conclusion of a new study from Uppsala...
New antibody design opens door for brain treatments
16 January 2017
Immunotherapy has proven to be effective against many serious diseases. But to treat diseases in the brain, the antibodies must first get past the obstacle of the blood-brain barrier. In a new study, a research group at Uppsala University describe...
Preschools to help identify children with mental health problems
16 January 2017
It is beneficial to systematise the exchange of information between parents, preschool and child healthcare centres to increase the focus on young children with mental health problems. This is shown in a recently conducted study from Uppsala Unive...