Author Archives: Medicor Team

Navigating the complexities of the brain

Interview with Edvard Moser – the 2014 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine Story: Iskra Pollak Dorocic   /  Infographics: Jakub Lewicki As Edvard Moser stepped off the plane from Trondheim – blissfully unaware that the 150 emails and 75 text messages on his phone were a sign that this day would be like no other – he was ...

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Nov2k 2014 – On Science Fiction

From Science Fiction to Science Faction; an inspiring symposium to unravel the mysteries by Jessica De Loma Olson   Human beings have a natural tendency to be creative, to explore their own imagination and to create universes that are far from reality. Superheroes with unimaginable powers, alternative universes where anything is possible and incredible robots that overcome humans, are only ...

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Unraveling the 5:2 diet

An interview with professor Kerstin Brismar by Kim Franson Have you heard of the 5:2 diet? You’d probably answer “yes”, right? The 5:2 diet is the latest and most popular method of losing weight and has been the talk of the town for about two years now. Eat just five hundred kcal per day for two days a week and ...

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Health innovation on the right track

How a group of young people are addressing challenges in healthcare by Jens Magnusson This summer, 16 talented young people from Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK gathered in Stockholm for a few intensive days. Their goal: to create innovative solutions to healthcare challenges – in 99 hours. They had arrived with the Think Train, a “high-speed, problem-solving think tank” ...

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Health Care and Refugees

An issue of rights and responsive policies by James Salisi   “Working with refugees changes your perspective about the challenges of health care and the priorities related to health policies,” said Jad Shedrawy, a first year student in the Master’s Programme in Public Health at Karolinska Institutet (KI). Before starting his studies at KI, Shedrawy worked as a field officer ...

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Shortening Telomeres Gracefully

Interview with Elizabeth Blackburn – Professor of Biology and Physiology and a Nobel laureate by Halima Hassan   The Nobel Week Dialogue is an annual event that takes place in Stockholm where previous Nobel laureates are invited to discuss a particular theme. This year’s event was focusing on aging and attendees included Professor Elizabeth Blackburn. Blackburn won the 2009 Nobel ...

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Tricking Our Sense of Taste

Can our taste buds give us clues for new medical treatments? by Jessica De Loma Olson   Of our five common senses, we might think taste is at the bottom of our list when considering their relative importance. If we had to lose a sense, almost no one would think twice about discarding our sense of taste. However, the relevance ...

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A Controversial Journey to the Center of the Brain

by Nicolas Guyon It is an exciting time to be studying the brain. In the last one hundred years, we have acquired a deeper understanding of how its 100 billion neurons are born, grow, and connect. But as the discovery of DNA changed the larger field of biology, giving a physical structure to how building blocks of life are encrypted, ...

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Architecture’s Effect on Health

What Can Architecture Learn from Science? by Haroon Bayani   These days in most Stockholm suburbs one can find blocks after blocks of grey buildings surrounded by a few trees and a lot of concrete. These buildings are simplistic, with their plain grey colour melting into the environment on cloudy days. The windows of these buildings are rather miniscule and ...

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Swedish foreign aid.

Today’s role, challenges and future issues. Medicor has caught up with the Swedish ambassador for Global Health, Anders Nordström, to further discuss  the role of Sweden in global health and foreign aid. The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs comprises numerous international and experienced staff members; Anders Nordström is one of them. Graduating as a medical doctor from Karolinska Institute, he ...

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