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Disease

Sick pigs give insight on swine flu

Pigs react to swine flu like humans. This makes them usefuel in experiments which will find out how the virus attacks the respiratory tract in humans.

Sleep problems cost billions

Insomnia and sleep apnoea are turning us into major health service consumers, causing us to be less productive at work, and may even lead to serious accidents.

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.

X-ray chemist solves cholera mystery

How ill you get from cholera depends on your blood group. A new remedy for the feared illness can be found by studying the molecular structure in the toxin in the cholera bacteria.

The molecule that stops the Black Death

A crucial 'alarm molecule' warning the immune system of pathogens has been identified by a Norwegian researcher.

Food intolerance is linked to different disorders

Are you convinced you can’t handle dairy products, bread or fruit? Our own perceptions of having a food intolerance appear to link closely to diagnoses such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

The epidemic that was wiped out

Smallpox is one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity, but also a great success story of modern medicine.

Forecasting Malaria

A new model for forecasting malaria epidemics is developed by researchers from Ethiopia and Norway.

Early diagnosis will slow dementia

The prevalence of dementia will increase dramatically in the coming decades. But early diagnosis can provide a basis for effective treatment.

Teens are major yellow staph carriers

Seven out of ten 15- and 16-year-olds in two municipalities in Northern Norway are long-term carriers of yellow staphylococci in their throats and about half carry the bacteria in their nasal passages.