Maybe it’s time for a little human enhancement – Morally enhancing drugs added to our Water Supply

Sam de Brito                             Published: December 23, 2012 – 3:00AM   ‘There’s something in the water.” That’s what we say when we observe a bunch of locals behaving in the same, odd way, but maybe it’s also the answer to some of our thornier social problems? Tap water has a host of different elements to…

So that’s why we’re allergic to sun creams

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Isabella Karlsson isabella.karlsson@chem.gu.se 46-317-869-108 University of Gothenburg What happens to sunscreens when they are exposed to sunlight? And how is the skin affected by the degradation products that form? This has been the subject of research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology that will be…

Changes in the gut bacteria protect against stroke

Contact: Fredrik Bäckhed fredrik.backhed@wlab.gu.se 46-313-427-833 University of Gothenburg Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, demonstrate that an altered gut microbiota in humans is associated with symptomatic atherosclerosis and stroke. These findings are presented in a study published in Nature Communications on December 4. The human body contains…

Substance in breast milk kills cancer cells: ” kills 40 different types of cancer “

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Roger Karlsson rogerk@chem.gu.se 46-317-869-059 University of Gothenburg A substance found in breast milk can kill cancer cells, reveal studies carried out by researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Although the special substance, known as HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumour cells), was discovered in…

Medicine residues may threaten fish reproduction

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Joakim Larsson joakim.larsson@fysiologi.gu.se 46-317-863-589 University of Gothenburg Researchers at Umeå University and the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have discovered that traces of many medicines can be found in fish that have been swimming in treated waste water. One such medicine, the hormone levonorgestrel, was found…

79th Health Research Report 08 APR 2010 – Reconstruction

  In this Issue:   1. Chemical exposure before mid-30s may be critical in breast cancer development Postmenopausal breast cancer and occupational exposures 2. American industry’s thirst for water: First study of its kind in 30 years 3. Medicine residues may threaten fish reproduction 4. Researchers show some cells in pancreas can spontaneously change into…

Melt water on Mars could sustain life

Contact: Andreas Johnsson andreasj@gvc.gu.se 46-031-786-2943 University of Gothenburg Near surface water has shaped the landscape of Mars. Areas of the planet’s northern and southern hemispheres have alternately thawed and frozen in recent geologic history and comprise striking similarities to the landscape of Svalbard. This suggests that water has played a more extensive role than previously…

Repeated anesthesia can affect childrens ability to learn: wiped out a large portion of the stem cells in the hippocampus

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Klas Blomgren klas.blomgren@neuro.gu.se 46-703-233-353 University of Gothenburg There is a link between repeated anaesthesia in children and memory impairment, though physical activity can help to form new cells that improve memory, reveals new research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The study has been published…

Carbon dioxide – our salvation from a future ice age: ” We are probably entering a new ice age right now. However, we’re not noticing it due to the effects of carbon dioxide”

Contact: Lars Franzén lars@gvc.gu.se 46-031-786-195-846 University of Gothenburg Carbon dioxide – our salvation from a future ice age? Mankind’s emissions of fossil carbon and the resulting increase in temperature could prove to be our salvation from the next ice age. According to new research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the current increase in the…

Surgery may not be necessary for Achilles tendon rupture

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Elin Lindstrom Claessen elin.lindstrom@sahlgrenska.gu.se 46-317-863-869 University of Gothenburg The two ends of a ruptured Achilles tendon are often stitched together before the leg is put in plaster, in order to reduce the risk of the tendon rupturing again. However, Katarina Nilsson Helander, MD, PhD at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University…

Antibiotic contamination a threat to humans and the environment

Contact: Maria Granberg maria.granberg@bioenv.gu.se 46-766-229-534 University of Gothenburg Researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, spend August in Sisimiut on the west coast of Greenland studying the prevalence of antibiotic resistance and the effects of antibiotic emissions on communities of bacteria living in marine sediments. More specifically, they were investigating how communities of bacteria in…

Common fragrance ingredients in shampoos and conditioners are frequent causes of eczema

Contact: Elin Lindstroem Claessen elin.lindstrom@sahlgrenska.gu.se 46-317-863-869 University of Gothenburg Considerably more people than previously believed are allergic to the most common fragrance ingredient used in shampoos, conditioners and soap. A thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden found that over 5% of those who underwent patch testing were allergic to the air…

Stream in India has record high levels of drugs

2009 study posted for filing By Margie Mason THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PATANCHERU, India — When researchers analyzed vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, they were shocked. Enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one stream each day to treat every person…