2011

Is endometriosis associated with inflammatory bowel disease?

20 December 2011

In a nationwide Danish study published in the international journal ‘Gut’, researchers from Statens Serum Institut report that women who have been hospitalised with the gynaecological disease endometriosis more frequently than expected develop chronic inflammatory bowel disease. The specific cause is yet unknown, but perhaps the diseases share a common aetiology, or perhaps the increased prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease is caused by hormone therapy as treatment of endometriosis.

Patients with severe muscular dystropy have increased risk of developing cancer

14 December 2011

Compared with the general population, patients with the disease myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD; a form of muscular dystrophy characterised by neuromuscular disorder, attacking face, feet, hands and neck) have an increased risk of developing cancer, particularly of the brain, ovaries, colon, and uterus. However, also the risk of cancer in other organs seems increased.

Vaccine Targeting Latent TB Enters Clinical Testing

1 December 2011

Statens Serum Institut and Aeras today announce the initiation of the first Phase I clinical trial of a new candidate TB vaccine designed to protect people latently infected with TB from developing active TB disease. One-third of the World’s People Have Latent TB.

Low prevalence of hepatocellular carcinoma and other liver disease among Greenlanders chronically infected with hepatitis B virus

21 November 2011

In Greenland, 5-10% of the population are hepatitis B surface carriers, reflecting chronic hepatis B virus (HBV) infection. However, the incidence of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma is low. This discrepancy is now investigated in a large population-based cohort study recently published in the JNCI by researchers from Statens Serum Institut.

When do children's permanent teeth erupt? New Danish study finds answers in the genome

10 November 2011

A large international study led by researchers at Statens Serum Institut has identified 4 gene variants affecting the timing of permanent tooth eruption in children.

The Danish National Research Foundation establishes new research center at Statens Serum Institut

10 October 2011

Danish National Research Foundation has initiated contract negotiations on the establishment of 11 new Centers of Excellence. One of the selected centers is the Center for Non-Specific Effects of Health Interventions (CENSEI), led by Christine Stabell Benn, Statens Serum Institut.

BCG vaccination at birth may have beneficial, non-specific effects on the survival of low-birth-weight children

13 September 2011

Researchers from the Bandim Health Project, Statens Serum Institut, report in a randomised study of 2,320 low-birth-weight children in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, that early BCG vaccination at birth may improve the survival chances of these children in the neonatal period.

Small-pox vaccination reduces infection risk

6 September 2011

Smallpox vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of infectious disease hospitalization and thus seems to have had a beneficial, non-specific effect on the vaccinated population. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the Bandim Health Project at Statens Serum Institut (SSI) recently published in International Journal of Epidemiology.

Burden of disease during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic in Denmark

22 July 2011

In a newly published paper in the journal Vaccine, SSI researchers conclude that in 2009, the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic in Denmark included a total of 274,000 people with clinical infection, 2600 hospital admissions and about 300 deaths. The highest attack rate was found in school children and young adults

Measles in Europe

8 July 2011

A recently published article provides an overview of those susceptible to measles and the population groups identified as vulnerable through their repeated suffering of measles outbreaks in Europe

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