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Whole grains boost the immune system

Bioactive compounds found in whole grains strengthen the immune system and help fight off disease, suggests new research.

How pollen in water can foretell the spread of malaria

Danish physicist wins first prize at international photography competition with his image of a puddle that depicts how wind and rain help spread malaria.

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.

Vitamin C deficiency can reduce IQ

Researchers investigate the role vitamin C plays in brain development.

Most people recover without treatment from tennis elbow

What is the best treatment for acute tennis elbow? Physiotherapy? Cortisone? A combination? Or no treatment? A new study indicates that you may as well wait a while before embarking on treatment.

COPD sufferers prescribed most sedatives

New research has revealed that Norwegian COPD sufferers are prescribed even more sedatives than psychiatric patients. The researchers behind the study believe that this is problematic because the drugs in question are addictive and inhibit lung function.

Feigning illness to gain attention

Intentional physical injury and unconscious motivation are key elements in people with a factitious disease.

New vaccine method could protect against all types of influenza

New method is seen as a crucial step towards a vaccine that protects against all types of influenza.

Can cortisol indicate dementia?

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol could indicate memory problems in the elderly, but scientists do not know why.

New type of infection by ticks leaves no visible symptoms

Scientists warn GPs to be aware of a new strain of bacterial infection from tick bites that leave no characteristic red rash and results in an intermittent fever.