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Trains should be more like cars

A Swedish researcher rails against hazardous luggage systems.

Massages reduce stress and anxiety

Have high blood pressure? Stressed after surgery? New research suggests your doctor could prescribe gentle massage to augment more traditional hospital treatments.

Costly cacophony in open plan offices

Noisy office landscapes increase fatigue and drain motivation from employees. In Sweden alone the result may cost companies more than €240 million a year.

Job strain leads to lethargy

If you are stressed at work there’s less chance you will spend your off-hours at a gym or exercising.

Optimists win sealed-bid auctions

But optimism doesn’t always pay off. The winner can end up a loser.

Teen girls dance away the blues

Depressed and worried teenage girls felt better after a few months of dance classes, without any help from psychologists.

Midwife training promotes mother-child attachments

Women who have given birth by Caesarean section may find it difficult to relate to their newborns. Special training can give midwives the tools they need to help these mothers.

Dyslexia linked to impulsiveness among criminals

Researchers have chalked up a pioneer discovery clearly linking dyslexia and high levels of impulsivity in a group of adults − men convicted of felonies.

Bad sunning habits increase skin cancers

Eight times as many Norwegians are now stricken with melanoma skin cancers as in 1953. Sweden is also seeing a spike in melanoma cases.

Different tactics in the battle against sex work and drugs

Neither sex work nor drug use can be stopped -- the best authorities can do is reduce or limit both practices. That's the conclusion of a new study which looked at contrasting approaches in Sweden and the Netherlands.