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Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression and anxiety

Jan Sundquist Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and Region Skåne. This is the first randomised study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioural therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary health care.

Glassy protein solution may cause eyesight deterioration

Viscosity increases by 6 orders of magnitude upon an increase of the lens protein concentration Long-sightedness caused by age could be due to proteins in the lens of the eye that are converted from a fluid solution to a solid, glassy state. This has been shown in a study by researchers from institutions including Lund University.

Oat oil preparation makes you feel fuller

Oat oil Oats contain more fat than other cereals, and oat oil has a unique composition. A new study from Lund University, Härröd Research and Swedish Oat Fiber AB, shows a special oat oil preparation can produce greater satiety.

Cold-induced pain linked to the garlic and mustard receptor

Edward Högestätt, Lavanya Moparthi, Urban Johanson and Peter Zygmunt Some people experience cold not only as feeling cold, but actually as a painful sensation. This applies even to fairly mild temperatures – anything below 20°C. A group of researchers from Lund University in Sweden have now identified the mechanism in the body that creates this connection between cold and pain. It turns out that it is the same receptor that reacts to the pungent substances in mustard and garlic.

Stem cell transplants for Parkinson’s disease edging closer

Stem-cells A major breakthrough in the development of stem cell-derived brain cells has put researchers on a firm path towards the first ever stem cell transplantations in people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study presents the next generation of transplantable dopamine neurons produced from stem cells. These cells carry the same properties as the dopamine neurons found in the human brain.

Sugar beets could become blood substitute

Nélida Leiva Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that sugar beets produce haemoglobin. They now hope that this haemoglobin could serve as a blood substitute – a substance that is currently in short supply.

Lactose intolerants at lower risk of certain cancers: study

Joel Wåreus/imagebank.sweden.se People with lactose intolerance are at lower risk of suffering from lung, breast and ovarian cancers, according to a new study by researchers at Lund University and Region Skåne in Sweden.

BOOK RELEASE: “Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance”

Roland Paulsen Why do people slack off at work? Last year it was revealed that 20 workers at a big Swedish mining company had been slacking off at work by taking turns clocking each other in and out. The scheme had been going on for several years - supposedly costing the company millions of dollars. How is such major slacking possible?

Mapillary puts your photos on the map

Mapillary Mapillary, an app developed by Lund University senior lecturer Jan Erik Solem, crowdsources street view images. The company has now joined forces with OpenStreetMap, the world’s biggest free, editable map service.

Super detector tracks toxic algae

Lesedi Lebogang A ’super detector’ that can track the traces of a lump of sugar in the Baltic Sea – that was the starting point for a potentially life-saving technique developed at Lund University in Sweden. The method detects toxic algae blooms in drinking water.