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2012-01-03 12:19:39

The first changes in the brain of a person with Alzheimer´s disease can be observed as much as ten years in advance — ten years before the person in question has become so ill that he or she can be diagnosed with the disease. This is what a new study from Lund University in Sweden has found. Physician Oskar Hansson and his research group are studying biomarkers — substances present in spinal fluid and linked to Alzheimer´s disease. The group has studied close to 140...

Copyright – A Conceptual Battle In A Digital Age
2011-11-03 13:35:50

What is it about copyright that doesn´t work in the digital society? Why do millions of people think it´s OK to break the law when it comes to file sharing in particular? Sociology of law researcher Stefan Larsson from Lund University believes that legal metaphors and old-fashioned mindsets contribute to the confusion and widening gaps between legislation and the prevailing norms. Our language is made up of metaphors, even in our legal texts. Stefan Larsson has studied what...

2011-10-21 14:00:50

Researchers at Lund University can now study molecules which are normally only found in very small concentrations, directly in organs and tissue. After several years of work, researchers in Lund have managed to construct an instrument that ℠hyperpolarises´ the molecules and thus makes it possible to track them using MRI. The technology opens up new possibilities to study what really happens on molecular level in organs such as the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an...

2011-10-21 13:54:02

A common argument against global warming is that the climate has always varied. Temperatures rise sometimes and this is perfectly natural is the usual line. However, Svante Björck, a climate researcher at Lund University in Sweden, has now shown that global warming, i.e. simultaneous warming events in the northern and southern hemispheres, have not occurred in the past 20 000 years, which is as far back as it is possible to analyze with sufficient precision to compare with...

2011-10-17 14:16:24

When a new drug is developed, the manufacturer must be able to show that it reaches its intended goal in the body´s tissue, and only that goal. Such studies could be made easier with a new method now established at Lund University in Sweden. The method is a special type of mass spectrometry which can be used on drugs ℠off the shelf´, i.e. without any radioactive labeling which may change the behavior of the drug. With this method, researchers György Marko-Varga...

2011-09-12 14:21:57

How can legislation be used to avoid hazardous waste being dumped where it could poison people and the environment in developing countries? Introducing producer responsibility could be one solution, says Panate Manomaivibool of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, in a new thesis. In recent years, the problems of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in China, India and various African countries have been...

2011-09-12 14:20:32

A new method is set to help doctors diagnose osteoarthritis at such an early stage that it will be possible to delay the progression of the disease by many years, or maybe even stop it entirely. The joint disease osteoarthritis is one of our most common chronic diseases and one of the primary causes of disability for people around the world. "Osteoarthritis often attacks the knee and hip joints and breaks down the impact absorbing cartilage found there. For those affected, the...

2011-09-09 14:41:49

Children are more reliable eyewitnesses than had previously been thought, according to witness psychologist Gunilla Fredin at Lund University in Sweden. She also questions a common method used for police identity parades (line-ups) with children. Young children who witness crimes are good at recounting the events. It is true that they include fewer details than older children and adults, but what they say is more accurate. This has been shown in a study which Gunilla Fredin has carried out...

2011-09-08 15:10:11

Almost one third of students at a university in Uganda say that they have been subject to sexual coercion, an experience which was often linked to risky sexual behavior. This is shown in a study from Lund University in Sweden. The study´s findings could lead to a new approach in the work to combat HIV in Uganda. The link between being subjected to sexual coercion and engaging in risky sexual behavior by making an early sexual debut and having many sexual partners is significant in the...

2011-08-18 17:06:01

Researchers at Lund University have discovered a new function for vitamin C. Treatment with vitamin C can dissolve the toxic protein aggregates that build up in the brain in Alzheimer's disease. The research findings are now being presented in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The brains of people with Alzheimer's disease contain lumps of so-called amyloid plaques which consist of misfolded protein aggregates. They cause nerve cell death in the brain and the first nerves to be attacked are...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.