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Study explains why H1N1 flu can cause narcolepsy

New study explains why many people were affected by narcolepsy during the swine flu epidemic in 2009. The discovery may lead to improved diagnoses and better treatment.

Tolerant bacteria make antibiotics fail

New research project suggests that we need to rethink antibiotic treatment of infections. The bacteria are far better prepared for the doctors’ treatment than we think.

Smoking destroys our oral immune system

Smokers produce fewer antibodies against oral bacteria. This increases the risk of infections, and researchers suspect a link to cancer.

With exercise, sometimes less is more

Moderately overweight people do not lose more weight by exercising 60 minutes. Shorter exercise sessions make people more active throughout the day, says researcher.

Meal hosts awaken patients’ appetite

A small research project has shown that hospital patients eat more and food waste is reduced when so-called patient meal hosts are used.

Danish students win prestigious Harvard award

A team of Danish undergraduate students has won both the Audience Choice Award and the prize for the best presentation at Harvard University’s international bio-molecular design competition.

Antidepressants in pregnancy do not cause autism

Contrary to recent research, a comprehensive new study shows that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy does not increase the risk of autism in the child.

Prostate cancer risk starts in childhood

Is it possible to predict whether a child will develop cancer in adulthood? It sounds unlikely, but a new study indicates that tall boys have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer when they grow up.

Beta blockers can kill during surgery

Doctors should administer beta blockers to heart patients during surgery in a more nuanced way than previously believed. Incorrect use can have no effect and can in the worst case cost lives.

New asthma susceptibility gene identified

Scientists have identified a gene that helps trigger asthma attacks in children. The gene has no effect on asthma in adults. The discovery thus confirms the hypothesis that ‘asthma’ covers a variety of diseases.

How can you avoid regaining those lost kilos?

New scientific results from a small clinical study shows that people maintain weight loss when they adhere to their own systematic set of rules for eating, rather than following any particular diet, or eating for pleasure or hunger.