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Mum takes more responsibility for the children

The social and moral responsibility for the children lies primarily with the mother, particularly at celebrations and festive seasons, according to Kristine Warhuus Smeby.

Judgemental families hinder rape survivors in seeking help

Some young persons who have been raped are met with a mix of accusations and shame when they tell their parents about what happened.

How hepatitis C wages guerrilla warfare

Scientists have discovered how hepatitis C converts innocent cells into virus factories.

Obese kids stay fat after treatment

Is Norway’s approach to treating obese children failing? People who work with this group say that weight and BMI can’t be the only goal.

How tuberculosis hides in the body

The tuberculosis vaccine only works for children. It doesn’t protect you as an adult. Now we know more about how the bacterium avoids being detected.

Pensioners unknowingly subsidise groceries for young and wealthy

High-income families in Oslo get cheaper food at the expense of those in rural areas who are unable to use apps or unwilling to disclose their consumer habits. Apps that give discounts create new economic disparities.

Fewer compulsory admittances when home visits are made

A new study shows that persons with serious mental health and substance abuse problems less frequently require involuntary treatment or compulsory hospitalisations when followed up by a multidisciplinary team of social workers.

Obese individuals more prone to blood poisoning

Being obese, little physical activity and smoking increase our vulnerability for severe bloodstream infections. These factors also increase mortality.

This approach not only binds CO2, but also improves the soil

If 4,000 Norwegian farms and nurseries produced biochar and mixed it with the soil, we could halve CO2 emissions from the agricultural sector. This entirely natural approach also produces more robust and healthy plants.

Eternal witch-hunt for the fat body

“The fat body carries a secret that has to be revealed at all costs; it is a living symptom that something has ‘gone wrong’,” says Camilla Bruun Eriksen. She has studied the representation of fat bodies in popular culture.