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Fat or too heavy?

The words that doctors use to discuss weight with their patients have an effect on the doctor-patient relationship. A Norwegian study gives clues as to the best and worst words to use.

What can genetic testing tell us?

You can now order personal genetic tests online for under USD 200. But can they tell you if your child will be a whiz at school or a soccer star?

Milk and your health: The jury is still out

Largest study of its kind gives no conclusive answer to the question of whether milk increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, or premature death.

Malaria protein targets and kills cancer cells

New cancer treatment shows promising results in mice and scientists hope to repeat this success in human trials.

No link between allergies and deadly diseases

Allergies do not increase the risk of cancer, type-2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and premature death, shows new study.

Scientists can predict risk of premature death 14 years in advance

One blood sample and some hi-tech analyses can reveal your risk of a premature death

Danish ban on trans fat saves two lives a day

Ban on trans fatty acids in food have caused a drop in cardiac deaths in Denmark, shows new study.

Granny’s cigs can cause grandchild’s asthma

A Swedish study indicates that the risk of childhood asthma increases if a child’s maternal grandmother smoked while pregnant.

Research project will search for links between childhood and mental illnesses

A long-running European health study has the go-ahead to continue ground-breaking research into mental disorders and obesity.

Genetically high cholesterol levels remain unseen

Probably about 18,000 Norwegians have inherited high cholesterol but don’t know it. Exercise and a proper diet are not enough to counteract the condition.

Milk is a poor preventer of osteoporosis

Elderly people with calcium-rich diets are not better protected against broken bones.

Quicker treatment of newborn jaundice brings big benefits

More effective light therapy reduces the risk of brain damage and minimizes infants’ separation from parents