Unique transplant makes pregnancy possible
A 35 year old Swedish woman is the first in the world with a transplanted uterus to give birth. The baby, a boy, was born by C-section in early September at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is healthy and developing normally. The woman, who was born without a uterus — a syndrome seen in one in 4,500 girls — received the donated uterus by a living 61-year-old woman who is not related to her. The university has for 15 years been working toward a goal for women who lack a womb or have had it removed after cancer to still be able to have their own children. The study reveals that uterine transplantation combined with IVF works as a treatment for uterine infertility. It also shows that transplantation with a living donor is possible, and that it works even if the donor has passed menopause, according to professor of obstetrics and gynecology Mats Brännström at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Beggars forced to pay
After it was discovered that beggars are forced to pay "rent" to sit on the streets of Stockholm, daily Dagens Nyheter recently reported that is now the case in Gothenburg, too. Poor European migrants are lured by the promise of big money and are forced to pay managers, who exploit others in their own pursuit for work, for a specific place to beg in the city. According to representatives from the City Mission in Gothenburg, “We meet people who feel misled by their countrymen who give the impression that it is easy to find jobs in Sweden and that social organizations pay for their journey when they return home after they’ve earned a lot of money in a short time.” Claes Haglund from the City Mission says the income of a beggar in Gothenburg has dropped dramatically in the past year because of the tough competition. “Two years ago, they could earn 200 per day, but today it’s around SEK 70 to 100 a day," he says.

Market optimism highest among young
Young people are more optimistic about the market's development while the proportion of Swedes who are unsure is very large, according to a new survey. Each quarter the international asset management firm JP Morgan measures the stock market mood in a specified index. For September, the proportion that believes the Stockholm Stock Exchange will rise in the next six months has gone up to the index number of 77 against 73 in the previous poll. A possible explanation for the sharp rise, according to Nordic Manager for JP Morgan Asset Management Alessandro Svensson, was the election. The younger people may have felt they had received support for issues that affect them, such as employment and education. Broken down by gender, the survey shows that men (52 percent) are more optimistic than women (39 percent).