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Welcome to the Faculty of Medicine, one of the four faculties of Umeå University (Its name was changed from "Faculty of Medicine and Odontology" in April 2004). Our faculty is an organization for education and research in the fields of medicine, odontology and health care. We have 13 departments and about 5 800 undergraduate and 550 postgraduate students. We have about 1 150 employees, 50 % of them are  teachers/researchers.

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One more reason to swear off tobacco: The inflammatory trap induced by nicotine

One more reason to swear off tobacco: The inflammatory trap induced by nicotine

Research An Umeå-based team in collaboration with US researchers reveals a new link between nicotine and inflammation. They report that nicotine strongly activates immune cells to release DNA fibres decorated with pro-inflammatory molecules, so called neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). The continuous exposure to these NETs can harm the tissue and could explain the hazardous consequences of tobacco consumption for human health.

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Mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus causes miscarriage

2016-09-30
The mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus has been linked to miscarriage in humans. A study of 130 pregnant Sudanese women with fever showed that the risk of miscarriage was seven times greater if the woman was infected with Rift Valley fever virus.

Allergy antibodies a target for potential treatment to delay diabetes progression

2016-09-28
Non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice that develop diabetes have naturally much higher amounts of IgE, an antibody associated with allergies, on their B cells, as well as other antibodies that B cells produce after vaccination in their serum. According to a doctoral dissertation from Umeå University, treatm...

Training during first half of menstrual cycle most efficient

2016-09-20
Research at Umeå University provides new insights into when during the menstrual cycle it is advantageous to periodise your strength training. The results show that training that is concentrated to the first two week of the cycle have more of an effect on muscular strength, power and muscle mass. Th...

Coronary artery calcification and male gender most reliable indicators of significant narrowing

2016-09-19
The conventional cardiovascular risk factors (dyslipidaemia, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity and family history of coronary artery disease) are largely redundant when assessing significant coronary narrowing in symptomatic patients. According to a doctoral dissertation published at Umeå Uni...

Outside workers most likely to suffer heat-related mortality

2016-09-15
A study investigating the effects of weather extremes on health in 22 rural villages east of Pune, in western India, found that people of working age had a higher risk of dying as a result of hot weather than other population groups. During heat waves, deaths from non-infectious diseases such as ast...

Exercise app reduces incontinence

2016-09-12
Urinary leakage whilst coughing and jumping is common in women. Using a self-administered treatment via a mobile app called Tät® for three months reduced symptoms, led to fewer leakages and improved quality of life. This according to a study within the project eContinence (in Swedish Tät.nu) at Umeå...

Evolutionarily conserved enzyme play key role in DNA replication

2016-09-09
Genome-wide studies of fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe) suggest that the evolutionary conserved enzyme Pfh1 helicase facilitates DNA synthesis by tracking along with the replication apparatus, promoting intact DNA synthesis at hard-to-replicate sites and consequently suppressing DNA damage....

Campus Umeå top ten on international list

2016-09-09
Umeå University Campus Park with its outdoor seatings in different levels, a floating jetty and rolling hills around the central pond is one of Sweden’s most successful landscaping projects. This according to the international Landscape Architects Network, who under the title “Sweden’s got talent” h...

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2015-09-11

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