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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.

Candle particles might be just as harmful as diesel fumes

Particles from candles look to be just as harmful to mice as diesel particles. Studies of the effect on people is needed, say scientists.

These are our sleep habits

Norwegian researchers have asked compatriots about their sleep habits. Here are seven findings from their study. Are you in the same groove?

Indestructible bacteria threaten cancer patients

Cancer patients may die from infections as antibiotic-resistant bacteria continue to spread. The Norwegian Cancer Society is now fighting unnecessary antibiotic use.

Vitamin D can boost immune system’s fight against one of the world’s biggest killers

New study shows how vitamin D could help millions of people who are currently at risk of contracting tuberculosis. But more studies are needed, say scientists.

Breaking through brain’s defence to let in meds

The mystical blood-brain barrier protects the brain like a sentry, making it difficult to get through with vital life-saving medications. Uppsala Professor Christer Betsholtz is trying to find the key needed to enter.

What works best for back pain?

Your back is robust and you should use it. This is the message that many back patients are hearing from their doctor today. But is that enough? Do they recover more quickly if they receive more treatment, like physical therapy?

A cholera sample from 1853 could cast new light on epidemics

Scientists are hoping to open a bottle with, perhaps the oldest ever, cholera-containing stool sample taken from a patient during the 1853 cholera epidemic in Copenhagen.

Far more women can safely take oestrogen supplements

Women run higher risks of heart attacks after menopause sets in because their oestrogen levels drop. More could be safely taking hormone supplements but a Norwegian professor asserts that women have been frightened from doing so by the media.

Sun exposure in youth can protect against multiple sclerosis

People who spend a lot of time outdoors in their teens run just half the chance of contracting multiple sclerosis (MS) later, according to a Norwegian study.

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.

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