Early contact with dogs linked to lower risk of asthma
2 November 2015
A team of Swedish scientists have used national registries encompassing more than one million Swedish children to study the association between early life contact with dogs and subsequent development of asthma. This question has been studied exten...
Project seeks to answer how new genes arise
28 October 2015
One of the most thought-provoking questions in basic biology research is how life first arose and developed on Earth. A new research project is bringing together a cross-disciplinary group of scientists to undertake an experimental dive into the d...
Fishes in distress signal for help
28 October 2015
In a pioneering study, researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden and James Cook University in Australia and have found that small prey fish caught by predators release chemical cues that acts as a ‘distress call’, dramatically boosting their cha...
New research project: How is vascular permeability controlled?
27 October 2015
The blood vessels in the body release substances along their entire length, but in different ways in different organs. Currently we have only a diffuse picture of what this flow looks like. Better knowledge will enhance our possibilities for treat...
Ants can show us the right path
21 October 2015
Ants can teach us how to plan infrastructure. Using mathematical modeling and field data, researchers at the Department of Mathematics at Uppsala University have found the basic rules that allow ants to build efficient and low-cost transport netwo...
Vasalopp skiers run half the risk of having heart attacks
19 October 2015
Common endemic diseases can be prevented by exercise. This has been found in a new thesis to be presented at Uppsala University. The thesis author Ulf Hållmarker is an experienced competition doctor for the long-distance ski race Vasaloppet. His r...
Unique research study aims to avert cardiopulmonary diseases
14 October 2015
Early October saw work beginning in Uppsala on SCAPIS, the Swedish research project to build a medical knowledge bank based on data from 30,000 Swedes. The purpose is to improve prevention and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases.
Poor dental health associated with cardiovascular disorders
12 October 2015
Gum disease is associated with cardiovascular disorders and gives patients with known cardiovascular disorders a worse prognosis. This is the verdict of the largest study so far done in this field which is the subject of a thesis to be presented a...
New conflict data: 2014 was a very violent year
12 October 2015
In June, Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) reported that the number of fatalities in armed conflict has increased substantially in recent years, and that 2014 was the most violent year since the end of the Cold War. New data show that also the ...
Yellow River sediments reveal the history of our climate
9 October 2015
By meticulously examining sediments in China’s Yellow River, a Swedish–Chinese research group are showing that the history of tectonic and climate evolution on Earth may need to be rewritten. Their findings have been published in the highly repute...
"Zombie solar cells" discovered at Uppsala University
8 October 2015
A group of researchers at Uppsala University has discovered a "zombie solar cell" that continues to generate electricity with unexpected effectiveness although the liquid transferring charges between the electrodes has dried out. The results were ...
Genetic findings could save threatened water buffalo
2 October 2015
International collaboration between researchers at Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Indonesia has led to the identific...
New method to predict increased risk of breast cancer
1 October 2015
By detecting cancer at an early stage, or even predicting who has an increased risk of being affected, the possibilities to treat the disease can be radically improved. In an international study led from Uppsala University the researchers have ...
Anti-ageing treatment for smart windows
1 October 2015
Electrochromic windows, so-called ‘smart windows’, share a well-known problem with rechargeable batteries – their limited lifespan. Researchers at Uppsala University have now worked out an entirely new way to rejuvenate smart windows which have st...
Tumours vary depending on genetic background
30 September 2015
Researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Broad Institute, USA, have identified both similarities and differences between a single tumour type in multiple dogs breeds; a finding they believe parallels the situation in the cancer of huma...
Rwandan child mortality sharply on the decline
25 September 2015
After the genocide in the mid-1990s, Rwanda initiated major social and health reforms to improve the survival of all children. In his dissertation, Aimable Musafili from Uppsala University and the University of Rwanda reports an impressive decline...
Tooth enamel originated in the skin
24 September 2015
When did the enamel that covers our teeth evolve? And where in the body did it first appear? In the latest issue of the journal Nature, researchers from Uppsala University and the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology (IVPP)...
New material holds promise for future electric cars
23 September 2015
If electric cars are to be used in large numbers, the batteries presently available will need to be replaced by cheaper, safer ones. Researchers in Uppsala have now produced a promising new electrolyte material from a class of polymers not previou...
New smart robot accelerates cancer research
22 September 2015
A new smart research robot accelerates research on cancer treatments. The new robot system finds optimal treatment combinations. Today Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) is publishing an article about the robot, authored by Dr Mats Gusta...
Cancer-stricken children want the truth
21 September 2015
Children with cancer want honest but hopeful information. But giving appropriate information is difficult and improvements are needed for the sake of the child, the siblings and the parents. In a dissertation from Uppsala University, Li Jalmsell s...