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A mathematician in the operating room

Mathematician Mathias Barra looks at hospitals as if they are health factories. His goal is to find the safest, most efficient way to organize surgery and the use of shared resources.

Quicker treatment of newborn jaundice brings big benefits

More effective light therapy reduces the risk of brain damage and minimizes infants’ separation from parents

Women and men react differently to infidelity

Men are clearly more jealous of sexual infidelity than emotional infidelity. The opposite is true for women.

Enhancing individual treatment for rectal cancer

Intestinal cancer is a common form of the disease in Nordic countries but is hard to treat. Norwegian researchers are trying to tailor treatment better to the individual patient.

Digital models of individual patients’ hearts help optimise surgery

Every heart is unique. Cardiologists and engineers have teamed up to simulate the structure and blood flow of patients’ hearts using ultrasound and modern software. This can raise the success rate of surgical procedures.

Children and the Internet is an ethical minefield

When children are asked about their Internet use, their responses differ to those of their parents. This is one of many ethical dilemmas for those conducting research with children. The children’s answers often challenge adults' view of children.

Medications used in aquaculture should get better scrutiny

Scientists think current evaluations of the risks of chemical substances to combat salmon lice fall short when it comes to long-term effects.

Professor of economics: International climate agreements are too short-sighted

The world’s environmentalists are counting down to the upcoming UN climate summit in Paris. However, such climate agreements could be counterproductive, claims Norwegian professor.

Should pneumonia be treated with antibiotics?

Many children are given antibiotics for pneumonia unnecessarily. Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections and most cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses.

Depression can lead to work disability

In Norway, men suffering from depression are three times more likely to become work disabled than non-sufferers. This risk is only twice as great for women.