Hear what Uppsala University researchers have to say on different hot societal issues. Here you will find facts, new viewpoints and knowledge that is both deep and broad.
Research on the corona virus
08 juni 2020
Why did the corona virus begin to spread among humans? What can we do to prevent the spread of infection so that healthcare has sufficient resources for the seriously ill? And why do we feel such an incredible need for information in connection with major threats? We have interviewed some researchers at Uppsala University about the new corona virus and the disease COVID-19.
Ethical choices in a pandemic
12 maj 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, many ethical questions come to the fore. How should care services prioritise among severely ill patients? And how far should the rights of individuals be restricted? There are various ethical perspectives, think Anna T Höglund and Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist, researchers at the Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics (CRB) in Uppsala.
Growing knowledge about heart disease
14 februari 2020
Cardiovascular diseases now account for every other death in the western world. Heart attacks are the most common cause of death worldwide and the global incidence is increasing. Research on cardiovascular diseases has great breadth in Uppsala. Here are a few examples from recent news reports.
Spotlight on diabetes
08 november 2019
Diabetes is one of our major health scourges. The disease is increasing in prevalence worldwide and an estimated 640 million people will be affected by 2040. In Sweden, more than half a million people have diabetes. Most of them suffer from type 2 diabetes. However, among Swedish children type 1 diabetes is the most common chronic disease – a disease for which there is currently no cure.
Spotlight on working life
22 oktober 2018
How do you build computer systems without compromising your work environment? Are robots a threat to wage development? What obstacles do newly arrived Swedes meet in the labour market? There are many challenges in today’s working life and a lot of research is ongoing in the area. Here are some examples.
Spotlight on antibiotic resistance
10 november 2017
Antibiotics save lives all around the world every day. But the growing problem of bacterial resistance is a serious public health threat. If we are not able to overcome the difficulties of developing new antibiotics and making sure that they are made available worldwide, antibiotic resistance will continue to be one of the greatest threats to healthcare across the globe.
What will happen if, for example, the Nordic nations switch to renewable energy? What changes would it bring and what new demands would it make on our electricity system? Several green energy solutions are being studied at Uppsala University. Some, like wind and solar power, are already on the market, while others are at an exploratory stage. Scientists have found a way to extract energy from bacteria, for instance.
Thanks to advances in treatment options, the chances of surviving cancer are better than ever before. However, new forms of therapy are expensive and there is a risk that the number of cancer cases will double in the next 25 years. Despite major advances, medical science is facing ever greater challenges. At Uppsala University, however, researchers are positive about the future. Here we showcase a few examples of all the ongoing research on cancer.
Democracy means government by the people, but how is the will of the people realised? In recent years, populist parties critical of parts of our democratic systems have won growing numbers of votes in general elections. One of democracy’s problems today is ‘alternative facts’ or half-truths being spread online. What news can one actually trust?