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Air pollution hospitalises small children

Rising numbers of small children are hospitalised with asthma when air pollution increases, new study shows. One surprising finding is that ultra-fine particles from road traffic play only a little role.

Backs get strained by overweight

Overweight women have a 60 per cent higher risk of chronic lower back pain. If the general population gets heavier, this will cause an increase in disabilities.

Voluntary sex causes as many vaginal injuries as rape

New research surprises by showing that vaginal injuries are just as common after regular intercourse as after a rape. The findings could have great implications for forensic investigations into rape cases.

Toys contaminated with harmful bacteria

Harmful bacteria contaminate toys, cushions, sofas, tables and chairs in day-care institutions for children, making them ill. Maybe nanotechnology can help solve the problem.

New vaccine could eradicate tuberculosis

Tuberculosis has hit one in three persons in the world. Researchers have now created an effective vaccine against this deadly and highly infectious disease.

Serious ruptures during deliveries are on the decline in Norway

For forty years the number of serious tears of tissue among women giving birth was on the rise in Norway. Now the occurrence of these injuries is declining due to preventive measures.

The chemistry of cake baking

Most cakes contain eggs, milk, flour and sugar. Now there’s a way to make them without one or more of these ingredients.

Confirmed: vitamin pills can cause death

Dietary supplements containing vitamin A, E and beta-carotene increase mortality significantly, new research shows. A medical consultant says healthy people shouldn’t take them.

Smoker's lung gene discovered

Researchers have identified a hereditary genetic defect which increases the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

New biobank will make research easier

The Danish National Biobank opens today. The bank has millions of frozen biological samples – which will be a goldmine for Danish researchers, says the man behind the project.

Protein that controls DNA packing identified

When the body’s cells divide, DNA is normally copied exactly into both cells. Sometimes this doesn’t happen, resulting in diseases or deformities. Researchers have now found a protein-based function that ensures correct DNA copying.

Flu drug helps severely brain damaged patients recover

A drug used for treating influenza reduces the length of the waking-up phase for patients with severe brain damage.