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Danish ban on trans fat saves two lives a day

Ban on trans fatty acids in food have caused a drop in cardiac deaths in Denmark, shows new study.

Granny’s cigs can cause grandchild’s asthma

A Swedish study indicates that the risk of childhood asthma increases if a child’s maternal grandmother smoked while pregnant.

Research project will search for links between childhood and mental illnesses

A long-running European health study has the go-ahead to continue ground-breaking research into mental disorders and obesity.

Genetically high cholesterol levels remain unseen

Probably about 18,000 Norwegians have inherited high cholesterol but don’t know it. Exercise and a proper diet are not enough to counteract the condition.

Milk is a poor preventer of osteoporosis

Elderly people with calcium-rich diets are not better protected against broken bones.

Quicker treatment of newborn jaundice brings big benefits

More effective light therapy reduces the risk of brain damage and minimizes infants’ separation from parents

A mathematician in the operating room

Mathematician Mathias Barra looks at hospitals as if they are health factories. His goal is to find the safest, most efficient way to organize surgery and the use of shared resources.

Can high blood sugar lead to dementia?

A Swedish study indicates that type 2 diabetics who fail to control their blood sugar levels properly run a higher risk of developing dementia. A Norwegian scientist thinks the Swedes might be jumping the gun.

Antioxidants doubled spread of cancer in mice and human cells

Scientific opinion on antioxidants shifts, as the ‘anticancer’ wonder turns out to be doing more harm than good.

Enhancing individual treatment for rectal cancer

Intestinal cancer is a common form of the disease in Nordic countries but is hard to treat. Norwegian researchers are trying to tailor treatment better to the individual patient.

Should pneumonia be treated with antibiotics?

Many children are given antibiotics for pneumonia unnecessarily. Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections and most cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses.

Why do some women develop postnatal depression?

Extreme hormonal changes during pregnancy makes it harder for some women to feel pleasure and motivation.


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