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Why adolescent girls have more health complaints than boys their age

Stress from schoolwork and low self-esteem can be reasons why girls in their mid-teens experience more subjective health complaints than teenage boys. A Norwegian study indicates that body dissatisfaction is less of a factor than anticipated.

Genetics may explain susceptibility to anorexia

Researchers have found a gene variant that is more common among people with anorexia. The finding suggests that anorexia is not simply a mental disorder.

EU disagreements delay regulation of harmful chemicals

When is an endocrine disrupting chemical harmful enough to be banned? Disagreement between EU member countries delays regulation of potentially harmful substances.

Study ranks Nordic health care among best in the world, except Denmark and Greenland

Denmark and Greenland rank bottom in the Nordics when it comes to the treatment of diabetes and other deadly diseases, shows new study

Another good reason to eat chocolate

New study finds that chocolate is good for our health and may help protect against cardiac fibrillation.

Mums with low iodine intake risk kids with behavioural problems

However, researchers are uncertain whether an iodine deficiency leads to a delay in brain development.

How do you talk to people about your HIV diagnosis?

People with HIV often wonder when and how they should talk about their diagnosis, Swedish research shows. They fear that people will pull away if they are open about their disease.

Preventing dangerous hypotension during C-sections

Eight out of ten women who elect caesarean delivery with spinal anaesthesia experience such a drop in blood pressure that it can endanger both mother and child. A recent study shows how to best prevent this.

Losing a sibling leads to higher risk of early death

Losing a sibling in childhood increases the risk of an early death by 71 per cent, shows new research. “It’s alarming,” say scientists.

More calories burned with one large meal instead of several small ones

Weight watchers might be keen to hear that calorie intake is not a simple factor of metabolism. What you eat and how you eat it can have an effect on how much energy a body burns and how full a person feels.

Infertility in men could point to more serious health problems later in life

OPINION: Doctors can identify men who are at risk of serious diseases after they become fathers with simple and cheap tests. It is no longer enough to just evaluate the number of sperm.

More ADHD among December’s kids

Children born at the end of the year are statistically more likely to end up with an ADHD diagnosis than those born early in the year. Medical scientists are uncertain why.