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Is the childhood obesity epidemic coming to an end?

After decades where rates of childhood obesity have soared, researchers now detect a clear decline in the percentage of boys who are overweight or obese in Sweden. A similar trend can be found elsewhere around the globe, including Norway.

Gut bacteria will revolutionise medicine

Gut bacteria are a source of many potential treatments. But what do we know about gut bacteria and their medical possibilities?

Flu drugs safe for unborn babies

Pregnant women run a higher risk of getting seriously ill if they catch influenza. A new study shows that new-born infants run no higher risk of harm if their mothers have taken anti-viral medications to ward off flu infections.

Scientists map how the brain fights viruses

New research has identified how the brain fights viral infections. The results may have implications for the fight against everything from multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and depression.

How does ADHD medicine work in adults?

ADHD medications help many adults. But there is no quick fix, researchers report.

New method to test risk of developing lung cancer

Scientists have developed a method to assess your risk of developing lung cancer based on a blood test. It is more precise than simply asking about patients’ smoking habits, says scientist.

Testing new approaches to insomnia

Relatively few people who struggle with insomnia get psychological help. An interactive online program under development may offer widespread help to those with sleep problems.

Depression and anxiety are common after stroke

People who have had a stroke should be checked for signs of anxiety and depression, a physician and researcher says.

Physical activity has little impact on weight

Higher levels of physical activity do not protect against weight gain, according to a new study.

Rise in strokes among younger women

More women under the age of 50 are suffering strokes despite a fall in the incidences of strokes in the general population. Scientists do not fully understand why.

Licorice can be harmful to the developing foetus

A new study raises concerns about the long-term effects of licorice on the development of the foetus.

How psychiatry was revolutionised by a treatment discovered in a shed

In 1949, an Australian doctor discovered that lithium was an effective treatment against bipolar disease. But it almost went forgotten.

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