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Can high blood sugar lead to dementia?

A Swedish study indicates that type 2 diabetics who fail to control their blood sugar levels properly run a higher risk of developing dementia. A Norwegian scientist thinks the Swedes might be jumping the gun.

Digital models of individual patients’ hearts help optimise surgery

Every heart is unique. Cardiologists and engineers have teamed up to simulate the structure and blood flow of patients’ hearts using ultrasound and modern software. This can raise the success rate of surgical procedures.

Depression can lead to work disability

In Norway, men suffering from depression are three times more likely to become work disabled than non-sufferers. This risk is only twice as great for women.

Granny’s smoking increases grandchildren’s risk of asthma

Children may have a forty per cent higher chance of developing asthma if their grandmother smoked whilst pregnant.

How scientists are designing the hearing aid of the future

New technology will fix sudden howling that plagues current hearing aids.

Simplified diagnosis of coeliac disease

Diagnosis of coeliac disease requires a tissue sample from the small intestine, which can be extremely unpleasant. Norwegian researchers have developed a blood test which provides a rapid, painless answer.

Vitamin C deficiency can reduce IQ

Researchers investigate the role vitamin C plays in brain development.

High coffee consumption will not hurt you

Scientists find no link between irregular heartbeats and coffee consumption--even if you drink six cups a day.

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.

Sound focus on health or eating disorder in disguise?

According to the fitness bloggers, the ideal female body is supposed to be slim, muscular, feminine and strong. However, the eating and workout regimes they promote are so strict, that even the bloggers themselves almost fail to follow them.