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Cancer drug doesn’t work for chronic fatigue

Cancer drug rituximab has no effect on chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), according to a Norwegian study.

Why do schizophrenia patients die earlier than other people?

The average life expectancy of Norwegians with schizophrenic disorders is 62 years. If you also have a drug problem, it goes down to 47 years. “It’s difficult to understand why this isn’t prioritized by the health services,” says a veteran psychiatric researcher.

People are less afraid of flying now than in the 1980s

Despite several recent major accidents and terrorist attacks, Norwegians are less afraid of flying than they were 30 years ago. The biggest risk from flying comes from our imagination, one researcher says.

Snoring prevents the body from repairing damage to the pharynx

Snoring triggers a vicious cycle that can cause sleep apnoea and difficulty swallowing, according to Swedish research.

Water containing ozone disinfects hands as well as hand sanitizer

Water that contained ozone removed bacteria from hands as well as an alcohol-based disinfectant.

Drinking during pregnancy is probably not the cause of children’s behavioural problems

But a Norwegian alcohol researcher believes the new findings have some limitations.

Written in the blood: Researchers detect signs of cancer risk years in advance of disease

Some serious cancers have been linked to an increase of certain proteins in the blood as early as 15-25 years before a person becomes ill, a series of Swedish studies shows.

Kidney failure deaths on the rise

More and more elderly people are seeing a sharp reduction in kidney function, while other people live well into their old age with healthy kidneys. Tromsø researchers are looking for the reasons behind this dichotomy — and are getting closer to figuring it out.

Men are more often than women fooled by placebo

It was not until the 1990s that researchers fully began to include both genders in health research. Sara Magelssen Vambheim has contributed with valuable new insights in her study of gender differences in pain experiences.

Children are ashamed of abuse they endured

Childhood violence has major consequences for the victims’ long-term health and living conditions. A new report shows that the shame many individuals feel causes them to withdraw and become lonely.

Anxiety and depression high among undocumented migrants in Sweden

Half say they often go hungry and few have permanent places to live, according to a survey of 88 migrants.

Tromsø researchers have found the connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

Those who exercise the least and those who exercise the most have an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. If this condition is not treated, it can also affect the brain.

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