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Cognitive impairments persist

Many patients who have survived serious ailments or a cardiac arrest experience a lingering cognitive impairment.

New key to better drugs

Researchers have uncovered an important mechanism that will result in more effective drugs.

Poisoned from the inside

Can such a diversity of ailments as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, autism and irritable bowel syndrome all originate in the intestines?

Mentally ill have greater risk of suicide

Patients suffering from schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder have a risk of suicide that is ten times greater than the general public’s, says a new report.

Heavy use of addictive drugs among disabled

People receiving disability benefits in Norway use a lot of habit-forming sleeping pills and sedatives and continue using them over a long time.

Lower drug doses for women

Men and women are often prescribed the same dosages of medicine, even though women can sometimes make do with much smaller dosages, a Danish study shows.

BPA can harm infant brains

The industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to make plastics, can impair brain development in newborn mice. The damage can last a lifetime.

Fight asthma with fish

Children who start eating fish before the age of nine months are half as likely to develop asthma as ones who don’t.

Depression can damage the brain

People suffering from depression run the risk that their brains shrink and will remain smaller after the disease is over. The discovery provides new knowledge about the brain and new understanding of how antidepressants work.

Vaccines change our immune defences

Vaccines against measles save more lives than we think. Research shows that the measles vaccine is effective against other fatal infections too.

Antidepressants can cause heart failure

Antidepressants containing the active ingredient Citalopram can cause potentially serious heart rhythm disturbances, a new study shows.

Cutting back on coercion

Psychiatric wards in larger cities in Norway are more apt to use coercive medical care than ones in smaller communities, but reductions are underway.