Articles by Ingrid Spilde

  • 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.
  • Siblings of bipolar persons more likely to become bosses

    The bipolar disorder appears to have a connection with leadership abilities. If you are the sister or brother of a person with the disorder – also known as manic depression – your chances of becoming a boss are higher than average.
  • Asthma seems to start before birth

    People with asthma, hay fever and eczema probably developed their ailments in the womb. Researchers think the future may bring ways of averting these afflictions.
  • Pregnant and puffing on a smoke

    Norwegian research shows that one out of four female smokers in Europe continue to smoke cigarettes during their pregnancies. Vivid differences are seen among the European countries in this regard.
  • Overweight people are not lazy and dumb

    Fat people face increasing discrimination round the world, and we accept it.
  • Benefits for overweight women with heart disease

    A Norwegian study has found that overweight women with cardiovascular disease are less at risk of serious consequences from their illness than normal weight women with the same disease. The opposite is true for men.

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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