A comprehensive study conducted in Finland has shed light on the heightened risk of suicide among patients suffering from depression in the days immediately following their discharge from psychiatric hospital care. According to research by the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) and the University of Helsinki, the risk of suicide for these patients peaks in the first three days post-discharge, being 330 times higher compared to the general population.
A recent study conducted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health reveals a concerning trend in workplace stress factors. According to the occupational safety and health panel survey conducted in November 2023, a significant increase in stress due to constant work interruptions, excessive workload, and the need for constant availability has been reported among Finnish employees. The survey, which revisited the theme of psychosocial factors and their management from a 2016 study, indicates a growing psychosocial burden on workers.
Dr. Marcus Sucksdorff's doctoral research at the field of neurology has revealed the potential of PET imaging in predicting the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and assessing treatment response. This innovation could also serve as a biomarker in the development of drugs targeted at progressive MS in the future.
MS, an inflammatory autoimmune disease that degenerates the central nervous system, is the most common such condition among young adults.
In a significant shift in medical imaging practices, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, in collaboration with Finland's Society of Radiographers and the Radiological Society's physicists, has issued new guidelines regarding patient protection during X-ray examinations. The updated recommendation asserts that radiation shields, traditionally used during X-rays, are no longer necessary due to the minimal impact they have on reducing patient radiation exposure.
A recent survey reveals that a clear majority of Finns support the introduction of a sugar tax targeting products high in sugar content, such as candies and biscuits. The initiative, backed by 60% of respondents and opposed by 31%, showcases bipartisan support among both men and women. The survey, conducted by research institute Verian (formerly Kantor Public) on behalf of Terve Paino ry, collected responses from 1,023 individuals, indicating a slight increase in support from a similar survey three years ago by Taloustutkimus, which showed 58% in favor.
Hanken School of Economics, renowned for its business education, has witnessed a remarkable surge in applications for its newly launched Bachelor in Business programme, attracting 1,376 applicants in its first joint application. The enthusiasm for the programme is complemented by an all-time high of 1,833 applicants for its master's programme in English.
The Finnish institution concluded its first joint application process for foreign language education on January 17, 2024,
Finnish sailing teams participating in the Ocean Globe Race are gearing up for one of the most challenging legs of the global competition, as they prepare to navigate around the notorious Cape Horn. Having spent the holiday season in Auckland, New Zealand, the Finnish crews are now poised to embark on the third leg of the race, which will take them to Punta Del Este, Uruguay.
Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland have made a breakthrough in the battle against the spread of infectious diseases by developing surfaces tailored to combat viruses, including the coronavirus. Their latest study has discovered that an ingredient found in pine resin significantly reduces the infectivity of coronaviruses on plastic surfaces, offering a promising solution for public spaces and medical facilities.
The Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) has announced the opening of a specialized Trauma Psychiatry Clinic in the Meilahti hospital area, set to launch in January. This clinic is poised to provide critical consultation and treatment services for patients suffering from trauma-induced stress disorders, a condition prevalently found among refugees and asylum seekers.
The primary objective of this new clinic is to advance the treatment of severe trauma-related stress disorders.
Recent research conducted by the ifo Institute and the University of Milano-Bicocca reveals a striking correlation between the academic performance of immigrant children and the overall ability level of their classmates in Italy. The study, focused on the impact of class composition on immigrant students, highlights a significant challenge faced by children from less advantaged immigrant backgrounds, especially those who do not speak the local language at home or have parents born abroad.
Finnish higher education institutions are witnessing a significant interest in their English-language programs, particularly in the social and healthcare sectors, as well as in business management and engineering. The recent first joint application round for the spring of 2024, which concluded on January 17, highlights this trend.
At Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak), there were 1,981 applicants for their English-language Bachelor's programs in social and healthcare.
Researchers have made a groundbreaking discovery using the DNA of the Turquet octopus (Pareledone turqueti) to unearth evidence of a probable collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) during the last Ice Age, about 120,000 years ago. This finding is crucial as it parallels current global temperatures and supports the theory that the tipping point of the WAIS may be reached, even under the Paris Agreement’s target to limit warming to approximately 1.5-2 degrees Celsius.
In a significant medical advancement, the HUS Heart and Lung Center in Finland has commenced the implantation of the country's first extravascular implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (EV-ICDs). This groundbreaking next-generation device represents a major step forward in the treatment of life-threatening ventricular cardiac arrhythmias.
The EV-ICD, distinct from traditional transvenous and subcutaneous ICDs, is implanted entirely outside the heart and blood vessels.
Finland is making a bold move in the realm of quantum technology with the Research Council of Finland announcing a significant €13 million funding boost for the Finnish Quantum Flagship (FQF). This substantial investment marks the beginning of an ambitious eight-year project, set to commence in March 2024, with the first five years seeing this initial funding bolstered by equal contributions from member organizations.
The upcoming opening of the kood/Sisu coding school in Savilahti, Kuopio, scheduled for March, has garnered significant interest, attracting over 1000 applicants from 23 different nationalities. The school's innovative approach to software development education, focusing on practical, work-oriented learning rather than traditional academic qualifications, has resonated with a diverse group of aspirants, including those from Estonia, Spain, and Colombia.