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New insight into the cause of Sjögren’s syndrome

Patients with Sjögren’s syndrome have defects in their glandular cells that affect the cells’ function. These cells may be perceived as a danger by the body’s immune system and in order to defend itself, the body’s immune system attacks them.

Herpes causes fatal tumours in sea turtles

The herpes virus has long been thought to cause sea turtles to develop fatal tumours. Although the number of the world’s sea turtles developing tumours has been decreasing since the 90s, a new study shows this doesn’t mean that turtles are rid of herpes.

Human vaccines to aid farmed fish

Scientists will use compounds from human vaccines to improve vaccines for aquaculture fish stocks.

Creating universal influenza vaccines

The Influenza Centre in Bergen is within touching distance of a flu vaccine that can outlast annual seasonal vaccines.

Danish scientists can soon predict which diseases you’ll get

Data from more than six million Danish patients has allowed scientists to map out how illnesses develop. In the future they will be able to predict which diseases will affect you.

Implanted electrodes curtail Parkinson’s

New research documents why electrical stimulation of the brain enables Parkinson’s patients to reduce medications.

Helping to reduce hospital admissions for COPD patients

Patients can use tablet computers to report their daily condition. Hospitals can pick up early symptoms, take action and thereby reduce admissions.

Safer flights for COPD patients

A new method makes it simpler for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to know whether they need extra oxygen during flights.

Screening doesn’t curb heart disease deaths

A Norwegian study concludes there is little to gain by screening the general population for cardiovascular problems.

Genetic findings offer hope to liver patients

Researchers have identified nine new genetic loci that are important in the development of a serious liver disease.