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Synthetic DNA is tomorrow's medicine

Scientists have developed proteins that can make synthetic genetic material evolve over generations in a similar way to DNA. The breakthrough could lead to a completely new form of medicine.

Get in shape in half the time

A new exercise method gives joggers better fitness results in half the time.

Your genes decide how old you get

New study reveals that small molecular differences in your genes decide whether you’ll live to be 60 or 100.

How we can cure deadly diseases

Defects in cell ‘antennae’ are providing scientists with crucial new information about the development of obesity, cancer and diabetes.

Psychological traumas intensify whiplash

Injuries from traffic accidents are compounded by posttraumatic stress disorder. Pain rehabilitation should start by treating psychological trauma, new study suggests.

Eat Nordic food and live longer

It’s a good idea to eat rye bread and cabbage. It’s healthy, it’s Nordic and it helps us live longer.

Omega-3 supplements give no MS relief

Norwegian scientists hoped to confirm an alleviating effect of omega-3 supplements on multiple sclerosis patients. They found no connection whatsoever.

Cheap hypertension drug just as good as dear competitor

A cheap drug for treating hypertension works just as well as a more expensive competitor, shows a new study that can save huge amounts of money every year for health services.

Asthma starts in mother’s womb

Pioneering study finds that children’s asthma starts developing already at the foetal stage.

Artificial comas can cause kidney failure

Inducing a patient into an artificial coma can end with kidney failure, making the patient’s condition even worse. This practice should be changed, says researcher.

The epidemic that was wiped out

Smallpox is one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity, but also a great success story of modern medicine.

The horrific disease that won’t die

The agonising history of leprosy in Norway has been relocated to a museum in Bergen. The misery was so overwhelming that it inspired pioneering initiatives. It resulted in the world’s first patient registry and the discovery of leprosy bacilli.

Today's selected stories

Two-year-olds benefit from playing games on tablets

The use of electronic media by young children has an undeserved bad reputation, a new study suggests. Mothers are better at interacting with their two-year-olds when playing online games than when they are watching TV together or engaged in regular play.