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Morning light relieves anxiety

The right light in the morning can reduce anxiety responses in healthy people, new study shows.

Climate can explain intestinal trouble

Chronic inflammation of the colon is more common in colder regions. Climate, particularly temperature, can have an influence on the reasons behind the disease, scientists believe.

Vitamin D-fortified food helps us through dark winters

Milk and bread fortified with vitamin D increases vitamin D levels in an average Danish family. This may help the ten percent of Danes who suffer from vitamin D deficiency in winter, say researchers.

Infants from immigrant group at risk

Stillbirths and infant deaths occur twice as often among the offspring of ethnic Pakistani couples in Norway than in ethnic Norwegians.

Untested chemicals damage children’s brains

The number of industrial chemicals with a proven neurotoxicity effect on children’s brains has doubled since 2006. Meanwhile, the number of children with developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD is on a rise. Scientists are raising the alarm.

MRIs can’t detect every prostate cancer

Every year around 5,000 Norwegian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. A new diagnostic procedure using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is in use, but to date it is too unreliable to use on its own.

Schizophrenics more likely to get autoimmune diseases

Schizophrenic people have a greater risk of developing diseases such as psoriasis, diabetes and MS than the general population. Infections appear to play a central role in the explanation, new study suggests.

Photochemicals brighten hopes in bile duct cancer treatment

A Norwegian technology for delivering cancer-fighting medications to targeted parts of the body is showing promising results. The technology has been used on cancers in the head and neck region and will now be tried out on cancer of the bile duct.

Acute family stress can impact a child’s immune system

High levels of stress in a family can undermine a child’s immune system, making it easier for viruses and bacteria to do their worst.

Prompt detection hastens healing of psychoses

Individuals whose serious psychoses are detected and treated within just a few weeks of being diagnosed appear to have double the chance of being in sound mental health ten years later.

Respiratory problems plague king crab workers

Preliminary figures show that workers who process red king crabs have higher than average problems with coughing and wheezing.

Paleo diet better for weight loss than nutrition recommendations

Obese people lose more weight, have less blood fat and get a more slender waist if they follow a Paleolithic-type diet rather than following the official Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, new study shows.