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Selenium deficiency linked to deadly heart disease affecting pregnant women

2016-05-16
Researchers have found a close link between selenium deficiency and Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a heart disease that affects pregnant women and recent mothers. The study of patients in Nigeria also showed that rural women were three times more likely to develop the disease, according to a doct...

Mild weather since 1970s worrying for the American view on climate threat

2016-04-20
In a chronicle published in Nature, researcher Joacim Rocklöv at Umeå University reasons around the findings of a new research study showing that American’s scepticism towards climate issues are partly due to the improved weather. The cognitive dissonance taking place between self-experienced change...

Global travel and warming climates may expose parts of Europe to dengue

2016-04-20
Researchers at Umeå University have developed a model for evidence-based predictions of the mosquito-borne dengue virus. Results show that global travel and climate change increase the risk for epidemics of dengue, and potentially other climate-sensitive infectious diseases carried by mosquitos, spr...

Global increase in diabetes and obesity in previous 40 years

2016-04-18
In two separate studies, recently published in the journal The Lancet, researchers have analysed a large number of population-based studies and can now establish that the prevalence of diabetes or obesity in adults has steadily increased since 1975 and 1980, respectively. The studies covered researc...

Global warming puts Europe at risk for seasonal outbreaks of dengue

2016-04-08
Increasing temperatures will enlarge Europe’s seasonal window for the potential spread of mosquito-borne viral disease, expanding the geographic areas at risk for a dengue epidemic to include much of Europe. The findings by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are published in the journal EBioMe...

Dengue conference to prevent mosquito-carried viral disease

2016-03-08
Umeå University-led research on mosquito control and Dengue prevention was presented recently at an international conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 24–26 February. The findings and insights from the EU-funded DengueTools research consortium could enhance preventive efforts currently underway ...

Improved lifestyle led to decreased cholesterol and less cardiac death

2016-03-03
Cholesterol levels – the most common risk factor for heart attacks – have decreased in northern Sweden over the last 20 years. Since medical drugs only account for a third of the decrease, the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease is greatly thanks to a change in lifestyle. This according to a stud...

Free ambulance service halves pregnancy-related deaths in rural Ethiopia

2016-03-01
An operational assessment of a national free ambulance services programme reveals a drastic reduction in pregnancy-related deaths in rural Ethiopia, suggesting that the innovative model could offer a cost-effective way to improve maternal health outcomes across Sub-Saharan Africa. This argument is p...

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