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Increased divorce rates are linked to the welfare state

Swedish research places the soaring divorce rates in recent decades on the shoulders of equal rights and social justice.

Traffic pollution threatens young lungs

Infants who live along streets with heavy traffic run higher risks of problems with impaired lung functions.

Future airplanes might be furry

Fur, feathers and other outgrowths augment motion, according to Swedish scientists.

Language studies trigger brain growth

Intensive foreign language studies enlarge areas of the brain that play a big role in language, memory and spatial navigation.

Talk about sexual harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace can get worse if nobody asks about it. At Uppsala University more than 3,000 employees have been trained to deal with the problem.

Counter coeliac disease with early glutens

Let your baby taste a little food containing glutens from the age of four months, but continue to breastfeed. This is the advice of researchers who have investigated the remarkable coeliac epidemic in Sweden.

Being big isn’t always bad

New research backs up claims that many people can be obese without an increased risk of developing or dying of heart disease or cancer.

Obesity risks for only children

An only child runs a 50 percent greater risk of becoming overweight than children with siblings, a new European study shows.

Working in the line of fire

Far from being risk seekers, firefighters feel their work isn't particularly risky. But relations between team members are regarded as crucial.

Reporting sex crimes improves health

The majority of those who report incest and abuse to the police feel they made the right decision. Pressing charges bolsters health and leads to more freedom to get on with their lives.