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Danish scientists deactivate cells to cure cancer

When special cells known as fibroblasts are active, cancer can spread throughout the body. Scientists are trying to find out how they can deactivate the fibroblast cells. In the long term, the studies may lead to treatments for otherwise incurable cancer.

Genetically low vitamin D concentrations cause premature death

A new Danish study indicates that gene variations, which are associated with low levels of vitamin D in the blood, can lead to premature death. It is not yet known whether dietary supplements can counteract this effect.

How the brain connects words and smells

Scientists have discovered the parts of the brain that are used to recognize smells. With new imaging technology, scientists can observe activity in the brain.

Dietary supplement Q10 lengthens lives

According to Danish research, the dietary supplement Q10 gives almost half of all heart patients a better life and helps them live years longer. ’Buy it if you can afford it,' one scientist recommends.

Children of older mothers face greater risk of hereditary disease

Children of older mothers face greater risk of developing diabetes, dementia and heart disease. New research has revealed that this is due to mutations in the mother's ova.

Lactose intolerance lowers cancer risks

People with lactose intolerance run a lower risk of several types of cancer. A Swedish researcher attributes this benefit to their diets.

Nordic fare slims you as well as a Stone Age diet

Official Nordic dietary recommendations help elderly, overweight women to lose weight just as well as if they were on Palaeolithic diets.

Increased risk of suicide after imprisonment

The risk of suicide is highest in the first month after an inmate is set free.

Breakthrough: why MMR vaccine can give children febrile seizures

The highly debated MMR vaccine which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, can give children febrile seizures. Danish scientists have now discovered why this happens to some children.

New study: we're not getting enough vitamin D

Official vitamin D recommendations are way too low, and Scandinavians are not getting anywhere near enough vitamin D.

Who can make us eat healthier food?

Norwegians think national health authorities and the food industry should get chief responsibility for coaxing them into better dietary habits. But on the other hand, they don’t want anyone actually preventing them from eating whatever they want.

Drinking milk could keep you slim

Scientists from Aarhus University are identifying substances and mechanisms in milk that might affect the body’s metabolism.

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