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Depression and anxiety are common after stroke

People who have had a stroke should be checked for signs of anxiety and depression, a physician and researcher says.

Physical activity has little impact on weight

Higher levels of physical activity do not protect against weight gain, according to a new study.

Rise in strokes among younger women

More women under the age of 50 are suffering strokes despite a fall in the incidences of strokes in the general population. Scientists do not fully understand why.

Licorice can be harmful to the developing foetus

A new study raises concerns about the long-term effects of licorice on the development of the foetus.

How psychiatry was revolutionised by a treatment discovered in a shed

In 1949, an Australian doctor discovered that lithium was an effective treatment against bipolar disease. But it almost went forgotten.

Children with anxiety get effective help from new program

New research shows that children with anxiety find relief in the cognitive behavioural therapy techniques employed by the “Cool Kids” Program.

Brain clings to nicotine craving

Nicotine dependence lasts much longer than we have figured. The reward system in the brain remains altered several months after breaking the habit, according to Swedish research on rats. This problem is worse for the youngest nicotine addicted rats.

Higher mortality among mothers of children with birth defects

Mothers of children with severe birth defects are more likely to die in the years following the birth. The cause could be additional stress, say scientists.

Promising remedy for rheumatism

Researcher and Doctor Anita Kåss has found a medication that could be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It supresses a sex hormone which appears to be involved in the disease. The new drug might also be relevant for the treatment of other autoimmune diseases.

This year’s flu vaccine packs a rather light punch

The vaccine reduces the risk of catching influenza by just 28 percent amongst persons over 65, according to Swedish figures.

Old drugs can treat new diseases

Scientists find more that 30,000 possible new applications for existing drugs.

Poor reading skills in Nordic countries link to poor health

Many residents of the Nordic countries cannot read and comprehend texts relating to their health.