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Saunas are just as healthy as light workouts

Don’t feel like working out in a gym? Finnish researchers have a good suggestion for keeping in shape in the New Year. They assert say a half hour in a sauna is as good for the heart as a workout in a gym.

Strength training isn’t enough

Older women gained noticeably stronger muscle mass from resistance training. But that wasn’t enough to prevent falling.

Should I really stop taking the pill to prevent breast cancer?

Stopping taking the pill only removes a very small risk factor. Other changes could have a bigger effect.

Song and music helps patients with dementia

Music therapy reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression among persons with dementia, according to a review of several studies.

New gene therapy gives hope to people born with inherited eye disorder

We are now on the cusp of being able to offer hope to the thousands of patients who suffer from inherited retinal degeneration.

Poverty and alcohol a bad mix for the heart

If you have a low income and education, drinking can be bad for your heart. But researchers think the health problems they have found may reflect something other than the effects of alcohol.

Teens who drink with their parents run higher risks of binge drinking

Several studies indicate that underage drinking of alcohol sensibly with parents can reduce the risk of heavy and harmful consumption. But these results do not give a complete picture, conclude Norwegian researchers in a new study.

Calorie labels encourage us to order healthier meals

Labelling the calorie content of meals in restaurants is an effective tool for combating weight gain in the population, says the Danish Cancer Society.

Blood test detects susceptibility to aggressive rectal cancer

Research shows that patients’ immune systems are activated to varying degrees by normal chemotherapy.

Ailments contribute to low life expectancy after first suicide attempt

People who have attempted suicide tend to live shorter lives than others, even though their deaths are mostly caused by disease.

Genes for cold climates linked to cancer?

Norwegians and their Nordic neighbours take the high road in statistics for certain types of cancer. So do people in other cold climates. Is there a connection?

Steep decline in blood pressures in Norway

But scientists and medical doctors can’t explain why.

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