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2011-06-30 18:23:17

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have identified a series of novel proteins in human cerebrospinal fluid. The proteins, which carry specific sugar molecules, are found in greater concentrations in patients with dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease than in patients with dementia caused by other diseases. This gives hope for new forms of treatment in the future. Göran Larson is a professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy and one of the authors of the article...

2011-06-30 18:21:45

Ground-level ozone is an air pollutant that harms humans and plants. Both climate and weather play a major role in ozone damage to plants. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have now shown that climate change has the potential to significantly increase the risk of ozone damage to plants in northern and central Europe by the end of this century. "The increased risk of ozone damage to vegetation is mainly due to rising ozone concentrations and higher temperatures in the...

2011-06-28 20:58:30

Using a new sample holder, researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have further developed a new method for imaging individual cells. This makes it possible to produce snapshots that not only show the outline of the cell's contours but also the various molecules inside or on the surface of the cell, and exactly where they are located, something which is impossible with a normal microscope. Individual human cells are small, just one or two hundredths of a millimetre in diameter. As...

2011-06-28 20:57:11

People with Asperger syndrome have problems with social interaction and attentiveness, and are also sensitive to noise and light. Several of these characteristics were evident to parents during their child's first two years, reveals Petra Dewrang's thesis in psychology at the University of Gothenburg. In her thesis, Dewrang investigated how individuals with Asperger syndrome aged 14-24 perceive themselves relative to their diagnosis. The thesis is based on interviews, tests and...

2011-06-28 20:52:55

A cellulose powder has been used increasingly for many years against allergic rhinitis. Still, there has been a shortage of scientific evidence for its efficacy in seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever), particularly in children. Now, however, scientists from the Sahlgrenska Academy and the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg have proven that the cellulose powder reduces symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in children, without any adverse...

2011-06-28 20:50:54

Physical exercise has a positive effect on the formation of cells in the intervertebral discs. This is shown by a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), which is currently taking place in Gothenburg. The study from the Sahlgrenska Academy shows that physical activity has a positive effect on cells in the intervertebral discs. The result is based on rats undergoing...

2011-06-28 20:49:00

More than half of Sweden's intensive care nurses doubt that a clinical neurological examination can establish that a patient is brain dead. Intensive care nurses also perceive that this uncertainty can affect relatives when the question of organ donation is raised, is reveiled in a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. End-of-life care in an intensive care unit (ICU) also includes caring for patients who are brain dead and who by their death become potential...

2011-06-27 23:04:48

Pupils are expected to use effective self-regulation skills to take responsibility for their learning success. Since the 1990s this has been the guiding principle in the Norwegian school system. Yet a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that this idea falls flat on its face in real life since relatively few pupils are up for the task. Since the 1990s, policy documents and visions in the Norwegian school system have largely been based on the idea of pupils and...

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2011-06-15 13:38:18

The 17th century's closest equivalent to modern day pulp fiction, the "Volksbuch/Volksbcher"(chapbook), was packed with exciting material. But they were not read in excited anticipation in order to reach the sensational, but unknown conclusion of the tale. This is the finding of a new thesis in history of literature from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Chapbooks are mostly works of fiction, which gained a relatively high level of popularity in Europe from the 16th century up until the...

2011-06-15 13:20:01

8 young people in 10 use social media the average day; their Internet use displaces reading for pleasure and radio listening Every year, Nordicom at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden takes a barometer reading of media use in Sweden. Media Barometer data were first collected in 1979. These are some of the findings of the 2010 survey. Among 15- to 24-year-olds eight in ten use social media the average day, 15 per cent more than in 2009. An even sharper increase - from 32 to 49 per cent - is...


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