Articles by Ingrid Spilde

  • Peptide found that predicts heart failure

    Patients who have relatively high concentrations of secretoneurin in their blood run higher risks of a premature death. But this compound might be just what can save patients in the future.
  • Scientists clash: Is there an exercise hormone?

    Norwegian researchers claimed that the so-called exercise hormone irisin is merely a myth. Now the discoverers of irisin are fighting back, writing that they have irrefutable evidence that the hormone works in humans.
  • When science promoted sugar as healthy

    Studies in the 1970s showed that people couldn’t get overweight or develop cardiovascular diseases from consumption of carbohydrates such as sugar. A Norwegian professor thinks we are still paying for this mistake.
  • Environmental toxins affect infant growth rates

    PCB and DDE exposure in the womb or in breast milk can alter the growth development of a child, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
  • Mysterious bird was unique cross of two unrelated species

    In 2013, volunteer bird banders captured a strange looking bird in Lista, on the southern tip of Norway. Now scientists have determined that the bird was a cross between two different genera – a first for this type of bird.
  • The Black Death came to Europe at different times

    Scientists have long believed that Europe was hit by successive waves of plague because the disease survived on the continent in rats and other rodents. But new research suggests instead that the plague came multiple times along trade routes from the East.
  • Youth grow more politically active – but vote like mum and dad

    Teenagers and young adults are starting to get involved in politics again. But they aren’t radical like they were in the 1960s.
  • Who can make us eat healthier food?

    Norwegians think national health authorities and the food industry should get chief responsibility for coaxing them into better dietary habits. But on the other hand, they don’t want anyone actually preventing them from eating whatever they want.
  • First image of an irritable bowel

    Just a few years ago many in the medical profession thought that the common intestinal malady irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was psychological – with its origins in the head, not the gut.
  • Fish in drug-tainted water see some benefits

    Swedish freshwater perch have been seen to thrive in water contaminated by anti-anxiety medications. Researchers think most studies, which look solely at the negative aspects of pharmaceutical pollution, could be missing some perks for perch.

Ingrid Spilde

Ingrid Spilde is a journalist in forskning.no - Norwegian online newspaper on science. She writes for NordicScience on a regular basis.

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