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More breast cancer among women with benign findings

Women who are called in for more testing after mammography and whose results are then OK are more likely than others to develop breast cancer in the subsequent two years. But the absolute risk remains low.

Can a baby’s smell help with depression?

A newborn’s head has a distinctive smell. Could it be harnessed to treat mental illness? A team of Swedish scientists thinks the idea has promise.

Ibuprofen can damage men’s endocrine system

Scientists saw a hormone imbalance in 14 young men who took ibuprofen for two weeks similar to that of a 70-year-old.

Can you trust “safe periods” as a form of birth control?

It’s a well-known phenomenon that a woman’s body temperature can help predict when she is least — or most —likely to become pregnant. Swedish researchers have studied this phenomenon and are selling a mobile phone app as a form of natural birth control. Their efforts are not without controversy.

Fat metabolism protects the body against toxins from sugar

When the body burns fat it creates compounds that counteract some of the harmful effects of sugar.

Heart health measured with a simple blood test

Researchers have discovered a new indicator that measures the risk of future heart disease. High levels of this substance, called troponin, can identify people at risk.

Traumatic brain injuries linked to dementia risks

A person who has suffered a brain injury is more likely to develop dementia. The worse the injury the greater the risk, shows a new Swedish study.

Playing music and singing linked to healthier life – but only if you’re a woman

Male musicians are likely to be overweight and smoke daily, including cannabis.

Researchers debunk common food myths

More and more people are concerned that certain foods may be poisoning us, and that we have to eat purer, more natural food. But food scientists have different concerns than the general public.

Palaeolithic diet gives slightly more weight reduction

A Swedish study shows that elderly women who stuck to a Palaeolithic diet achieved more health benefits than those who followed the dietary recommendations of Nordic country nutritionists.

Patients in Pakistan donate DNA to European research but are unaware of the goals

Donors think their samples are used to treat their sick children.

Thousands of children undergo grommet surgery without visible effect

Many children receive the treatment even though doctors do not know how effective it is or whether it is even needed.

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