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Language studies trigger brain growth

Intensive foreign language studies enlarge areas of the brain that play a big role in language, memory and spatial navigation.

The right intestinal flora may reduce your stress

A study with mice shows that our intestines can host both bacteria that promote stress and bacteria that work against stress.

Mindfulness helps against anxiety and depression

Mindfulness is the great buzz word in women’s magazines and self-development books. New research shows that mindfulness actually works, provided that it’s “done correctly”.

Two routes to the same result in patient safety

Scandinavian neighbours Norway and Denmark both have campaigns to bolster safety concerns in the health services. But they’ve taken different routes: the Danish just went for it, while the Norwegians made extensive preparations.

Obesity starts in infancy

OPINION: Children who gain a lot of weight in the first months of their lives have a higher risk of developing obesity by school age. Perhaps it’s time we realise that obesity prevention should start at the time of birth.

Genetic defect may give us more vitamin D

A special genetic mutation is known to cause eczema and asthma. But people with this mutation also have more vitamin D in their blood.

Sudden cardiac death may be caused by faulty gene

Danish scientists have discovered a gene mutation which can lead to sudden cardiac death in otherwise healthy young people. The discovery may help solve the riddle of sudden deaths among pro athletes.

Third-world obesity linked to foetal underweight

A Danish professor argues in the journal Science that fighting infections in developing countries also means we can overcome problems with obesity and diabetes in the third world.

An intense workout boosts motor learning

A single session of intense exercise can improve motor memory and motor skill learning.

Counter coeliac disease with early glutens

Let your baby taste a little food containing glutens from the age of four months, but continue to breastfeed. This is the advice of researchers who have investigated the remarkable coeliac epidemic in Sweden.

Male gene teaches us about breast cancer

Men with breast cancer have a special gene variant, new study shows. The discovery provides new answers to why both women and men get breast cancer.

Sore throats often require no antibiotics

Physicians are too apt to prescribe antibiotics for throat infections. These are often viral, rather than bacterial, streptococci infections.