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Easier to talk to health workers about cancer than family

Some breast cancer patients are more comfortable discussing their situation with health personnel than with family and friends.

How cool is your disease?

In terms of prestige, doctors do not rank all diseases equally. Here’s a list of the ‘coolest’ and the ‘uncoolest’ diseases.

Creativity linked to mental illness

Artists and researchers are more disposed toward psychiatric disorders than the general population. Authors are the most vulnerable.

New stem cell discovery has great therapeutic potential

The discovery of a new blood-vessel-generating cell offers new treatment opportunities for cardiovascular diseases, cancer and several other diseases.

Why we can’t avoid bacteria in hospitals

Bacteria use a hitherto unknown weapon to resist sterilisation of medical equipment. Our attempts to fight these bacteria in hospitals only make them stronger.

Traffic pollution threatens young lungs

Infants who live along streets with heavy traffic run higher risks of problems with impaired lung functions.

Dying women brought new life to PhD project

Observing several episodes of faulty treatment at a Tanzania hospital inspired a Danish doctor to change the focus of his PhD project.

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.