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Healthy gut microbes could treat malnutrition

Gut microbes taken from healthy children reduced the harmful side effects of malnutrition in mice, including stunted growth and development.

No proof of vitamin D preventing asthma in children

Two studies of 1,500 pregnant women looked at whether vitamin D supplements could prevent asthma in children, but the results are inconclusive.

Scientists find gene switch for “bad” fat

New study shows that targeting a certain gene can lower fat levels in the blood and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.

Smartphone app can reveal eye disease

Smartphones and tablets can be equipped with an app that can help detect potentially blinding deteriorations of the eye. This can even be much more effective than traditional vision tests, according to a Swedish study.

Whole grains boost the immune system

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

Weight loss does not prolong the lives of diabetes patients

New study shows that the prescribed weight loss has no effect on cardiovascular disease and mortality among patients with type-2 diabetes.

Health by dark chocolate?

You’ve heard the claims — chocolate reduces stress, makes you smarter, prevents cardiovascular disease—and one expert even counts it as a vegetable. What’s the real skinny behind those assertions?

Helping the whole family cope with an eating disorder

If a family member has an eating disorder the disease can impact the entire household. Nordland Hospital in Bodø, Norway, offers therapy for everyone in the families of young adults who suffer the disorder.

Deciphering the confusing language of food expiry dates

The world wastes a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of edible food annually, some of which is due to confusion over expiry dates. ScienceNordic helps you figure out what to eat and what to toss.

No scientific proof that organic food is healthier than non-organic food

A major report on organic food cannot say if it is healthier than conventionally farmed products.