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Some migraine sufferers quit painkillers when pregnant

Even if they have severe headaches and it is safe to use their prescribed drugs.

Snakebites still exact a high toll in Africa. A shortage of antivenoms is to blame

OPINION: The global snakebite community has declared an antivenom crisis to attract international attention to this neglected tropical disease.

Running can slow the growth of breast cancer cells

Changes that occur in the blood every time you exercise reduce the growth of breast cancer in cell cultures and in mice.

Norwegian researchers make strides toward diabetes cure

Researchers in Bergen have transformed skin cells from diabetes patients into insulin producing cells. The goal is to transplant them under the skin of persons with the disease.

Picky children might have eating disorders

It is not uncommon for young kids to be quite picky and reluctant to try new foods. Some of them can have eating disorders.

Gut bacteria in pre-school children are developing resistance to antibiotics

Scientists have studied gut bacteria in children and discovered that at least 21 per cent of the bacteria are resistant to one or more types of antibiotics.

Drugs that didn’t keep their promise

The medicines were called “disease-modifying” because they were supposed to slow down the disease itself. But earlier medications for arthritis didn’t do this. Several of them, however, had dangerous side effects. Why did patients take them anyway?

Some schizophrenia patients can cope without medication

New study challenges our understanding of schizophrenia as a chronic disease that requires lifelong treatment.

Gut bacteria could one day combat obesity

New research shows that the right combination of gut bacteria plays a role in whether people are fat or thin.

Migraines eased by chiropractic? Probably the placebo effect

A visit to the chiropractor might help your migraine. But other treatments work equally well, a new Norwegian study shows.

Breakthrough in fight against debilitating childhood disease

Scientists have discovered a defect in a protein in the brain that results in the debilitating disease dystonia. The disease causes loss of control of movements and violent seizures.

Cancer mystery in Norway

Why does a Norwegian woman have nearly double the risk of colorectal cancer as her female counterparts in nearby Finland? Researchers have no idea.