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Genetic changes caused by environmental factors linked to suicide risk

Genetic changes caused by environmental factors linked to suicide risk

Research Researchers have linked genetic changes in the so-called CRH gene, which affects the regulation of the body’s stress system, to suicide risk and psychiatric illness. The study of epigenetic changes in the body’s hormone-based stress system has shown that stress-related changes in the CRH gene are linked to both serious suicide attempts in adults and psychiatric illness in adolescents.

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Warmer climate can give Europe dengue fever

2018-01-30
Large parts of Europe can suffer from the dreaded dengue fever unless climate change is attenuated. This is what Jing Helmersson shows in a new dissertation at Umeå University. It is the mosquito that can transmit the disease that needs some temperature and humidity to spread.

Two Nordic foundations support a network in a Nobel Prize–winning technology

2018-01-23
A new Swedish-Danish research alliance wants to advance understanding of how biological molecules look and behave. With support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation, scientists at four universities in Sweden and Denmark will join forces to create a Nordic net...

No health effect with lower general limit for hypertension

2018-01-23
Blood pressure lowering medicines for healthy people with blood pressure below 140 do not provide additional protection against cardiovascular disease. For some, it may even have negative effects. This is shown in a new doctoral thesis by Mattias Brunström at Umeå University that gets extra relevanc...

University Hospital of Umeå best in Sweden - again

2018-01-18
The independent Swedish health care industry watcher Dagens Medicin has ranked the University Hospital of Umeå, NUS, the Best University Hospital in Sweden for 2017. This is the second consecutive year that NUS topped the ranking.

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CRISPR-Cas9 discovery

Expanding scientific frontiers at MIMS, Umeå University - Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier