Lower mortality with polyunsaturated fat
17 August 2016
In a study from Uppsala University, published in the American journal JAMA Cardiology, the fatty acid linoleic acid (Omega 6) in subcutaneous adipose tissue was linked to lower mortality among older men followed over a 15-year period.
Limestone assimilation under volcanoes helps understand Earth’s carbon cycle
8 August 2016
In a new study researchers from Sweden and Italy show what happens when magma meets limestone on its way up to the surface. Magma-limestone interaction might help explain why volcanoes like Vesuvius in Italy and Merapi in Indonesia are particularl...
Antidepressants boost CBT for social anxiety
4 July 2016
Treatments for social anxiety disorder often include either selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but new research from Uppsala University indicates that social anxiety disorder is best treated wit...
Adapted cancer treatment can result in fewer side effects
23 June 2016
Cancer treatments often result in negative side effects and doctors have to choose a therapy that has the best chance to succeed while keeping toxicity as low as possible. In a new international study, Uppsala researchers have studied a way of ide...
MAX IV – ready to open up a new world
22 June 2016
On 21 June the MAX IV Laboratory in Lund was officially opened – Sweden’s largest ever investment in research infrastructure. The laboratory is the world’s most modern facility for synchrotron light. Here, researchers from across the world can inv...
How honeybees do without males
16 June 2016
An isolated population of honeybees in South Africa, the Cape bees, has evolved a strategy to reproduce without males. A team of researchers at Uppsala University and in South Africa has sequenced the entire genomes of a sample of Cape bees and co...
Upward trend in fatalities in organized violence was broken in 2015
16 June 2016
The alarming upward trend in fatalities in organized violence, witnessed over the last few years, was broken in 2015. This is evident from new data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), Uppsala University. The number of armed conflicts in...
Gene test reveals severe skeletal disease in Shetland ponies
8 June 2016
A genetic defect that can cause skeletal deformities in Shetland ponies (skeletal atavism) has been identified by researchers at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, in cooperation with colleagues in the USA. The...
Loss of Y chromosome increases risk of Alzheimer’s
24 May 2016
Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This is in addition to an increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers. These new findings by researchers...
Ultra-fast method to create terahertz radiation advances materials science
24 May 2016
Uppsala physicists have in an international collaboration developed a new method for creating laser pulses which are shorter, have much higher intensity and cover the THz frequency range better than current sources. The study is published today in...
New paper filter can remove viruses from water
19 May 2016
A simple paper sheet made by scientists at Uppsala University can improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses from water. The sheet, made of cellulose nanofibers, is called the mille-feuille filter as it has a ...
Second gene modifies effect of mutation in dog model of ALS
17 May 2016
Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurodegenerative disease in dogs with similarities to ALS in humans. Scientists at Uppsala University, SciLifeLab, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the University of Missouri, have discovered a ...
New study shows how shift work affects cognitive functions
17 May 2016
A new study from Uppsala University shows that compared to non-shift workers, shift workers needed more time to complete a test that is frequently used by physicians to screen for cognitive impairment. However, those who had quit shift work more t...
New light on the pervasiveness of same-sex sexual behavior
13 May 2016
Same-sex sexual behavior is common in animals but puzzles evolutionary biologists since it doesn’t carry the same obvious benefits as heterosexual courtship behavior that leads to mating and production of offspring. A study from Uppsala University...
Dogs can provide information about brain tumour development in humans
13 May 2016
Brain tumours in dogs are strikingly similar to their human tumour counterparts. In a recent study in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have used genetic analyses in differ...
Coral death stops baby fish from learning predators
11 May 2016
In a world first study researchers have found that coral bleaching and death can have dramatic repercussions for how small reef fish learn about and avoid predators.
Genetic test shows patients at risk of a serious adverse reaction to toxic goitre treatment
4 May 2016
Researchers and doctors at Uppsala University, along with Swedish and international collaboration partners, have found gene variants that predict the risk of a serious adverse reaction to drugs used for the treatment of hyperthyroidism. The result...
A genetic test for Shar-pei autoinflammatory disease
27 April 2016
A validated genetic test is now available to measure the copy number variant (CNV) linked to Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID), reveals an international collaboration lead by scientists and veterinarians at Uppsala, Sweden and Wurtsboro, N...
Implants can help deaf people hear again
22 April 2016
Cochlear implants should be an alternative for patients with long-term deafness as well. This was found in a new study at Uppsala University. Previously, patients with an extended deafness duration were thought to derive limited benefit from cochl...
Evolution in action detected in Darwin’s finches
22 April 2016
The most characteristic feature of Darwin’s finches is the diversification of beak morphology that has allowed these species to expand their utilization of food resources in the Galápagos archipelago. Scientists from Uppsala and Princeton Universi...