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Genes influence what we choose to look at

15 Nov 2017

How we explore our world with our eyes can influence everything from social interaction to learning. In a study published in Current Biology researchers at Karolinska Institutet show that our eye movements are partly governed by our genes. What we look at in a situation determines the visual...
GeneticsNeuropsychiatryTwin research

Cerebral palsy is more common and has higher mortality in Uganda than in high income countries

26 Oct 2017

The underlying brain injury often occurs after the first month after birth, probably caused by malaria, a new population based study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University in Kampala reports. The study, which is published in T he Lancet Global Health , is the largest of its...

Marc Bygdeman receive the Grand Silver Medal 2017

18 Sep 2017

Professor Emeritus Marc Bygdeman has been awarded The Grand Silver Medal for outstanding contributions to research, education and healthcare and for significant involvement in the World Health Organisation’s work in fertility and family planning. He has dedicated his entire professional life to...
Prize

A new potential treatment strategy against childhood cancer with high mortality

29 Jul 2017

Neuroblastoma is a cancer in children that originates in the sympathetic nervous system and has a high mortality. Current treatment includes chemotherapy and radiotherapy with their potentially severe side effects; there is therefore an urgent need for a new improved drug. One potential treatment...

Using Swedish snus while pregnant carries the same level of risk as smoking

17 May 2017

While it is well known that smoking while pregnant can damage the fetus, the effects of using Swedish snus (oral moist snuff) have been more mooted. Anna Gunnerbeck at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health has recently defended her thesis on how the nicotine consumption of pregnant women...

Oral contraceptive pills has a negative impact on women’s quality of life

19 Apr 2017

One of the most common combined oral contraceptive pills has a negative impact on women’s quality of life but does not increase depressive symptoms. This is shown by a major randomised, placebo-controlled study conducted by professor Angelica Lindén Hirschberg at the Department of Women's and...

New treatment for childhood cancer demonstrate increased survival

02 Mar 2017

Neuroblastoma only develops in babies and small children, usually before the age of two. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, have conducted a clinical study on a new treatment for high-risk neuroblastoma...
Cancer and OncologyPediatrics

The recipe for fighting global maternal mortality

06 Feb 2017

Dr Susanne Sjöström at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health has recently presented her doctoral thesis on abortion care in India, Sweden and elsewhere. Read more at KI-news:

New findings on brain development in premature children

19 Sep 2016

The results of a new study from Karolinska Institutet, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggest that the brain of preterm children with growth retardation can have underdeveloped functional networks. The purpose of the present study was to see if restricted growth in preterm babies is...

New brainstem model reveals how brains control breathing

16 Jul 2016

Scientists from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have discovered how the brain controls our breathing in response to changing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood. “Our findings go some way to explaining how and why our breathing responses to imbalanced oxygen and carbon dioxide levels are...
Pediatrics

Brain differences in premature babies who later develop autism

21 Dec 2015

Extremely premature babies run a much higher risk of developing autism in later childhood, and even during the neonate period differences are seen in the brains of those who do. This according to a new study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. The...

People with autism run a higher risk of premature death

11 Nov 2015

A registry study conducted at Karolinska Institutet and published in The British Journal of Psychiatry shows that the risk of premature death is about 2.5 times higher for people with autism spectrum disorder than for the rest of the population. Read more here