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Swedish youth prescribed more anxiety medications

Use of medications for anxiety, insomnia and epilepsy has increased significantly in Sweden among children and adolescents, a new study shows.

Considering knee surgery? Read this first

About two out of ten people who undergo the procedure do not experience any pain relief at all and may actually be worse off after surgery than they were before.

Greenlandic children are getting taller and healthier

The general health of Greenlandic children now appears to be as good as that of their European peers. And perhaps even better. New studies show that compared with Danish children, they are no longer characterised as short and have similar patterns of disease.

Diabetes patients can reduce their risk of heart failure by 70 per cent

21-year-long research project shows the difference it makes when doctors initiate intensive treatment of diabetes patients.

How necessary is the world’s most common shoulder operation?

Patients who received surgical treatment for shoulder impingement fared no better than patients receiving placebo treatment.

Ouija board study highlights ineffective treatment for autism

Facilitated communication is still a widely used technique even though studies have shown that it does not work. A new study into Ouija boards indicates why.

Should colon cancer screening start at age 45 or 55?

In May of this year, the American Cancer Society updated its screening guidelines for colorectal cancer, recommending that testing begin at age 45, which is five years earlier than currently is the practice. Two Norwegian doctors think this is a bad idea.

Is ultra-processed food making us fat and sick?

A number of researchers argue that extremely processed foods are the reason behind rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other metabolic diseases. But others aren’t so certain.

Norwegian elders tops in masturbation

More than 90 per cent of Norwegian men between the ages of 60 and 75 are sexually active, as are almost 75 per cent of Norwegian women.

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.

Half of young people recover from schizophrenia

Prospects are not as hopeless as previously thought, according to the researcher behind the study.

Biology makes women and girls survivors

Women outlive men even in the face of discrimination and crisis situations, such as famine.

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