Articles by Siw Ellen Jakobsen

  • A 2,500-year-old city found in Greece

    Five hours north of Athens is the town of Vlochós. Archaeologists have now discovered that this spot has not always been such a backwater as it is today. A thriving city was located here in antiquity.
  • You can get wealthier with one sibling

    Having one brother or sister can contribute to a higher income in adulthood. On average if your parents get divorced it has no economic consequence for your future income.
  • Do some people drink too much because of changes in the brain?

    Scientists believe they have found a reason why some people find it impossible to resist the craving for alcohol. “This finding may be a solid piece in a huge puzzle,” says a Norwegian researcher.
  • Fitness targeted in school gym classes

    Raising pulses and preventing obesity in gym class are becoming more important than gaining motor skills. A professor strongly opposes to this.
  • Why is mental illness so hard on the heart?

    Studies have shown that serious depression is as lethal as smoking. Swedish researchers now think they are closer to understanding why.
  • A great year for blueberries

    Forget those kicks on Route 66, get your thrills on blueberry hills all over Norway, Sweden and Finland! Researchers predict a recordbreaking year for blueberries.
  • Can we use seaweed instead of salt?

    We consume too much sodium chloride, common table salt, for our own good. But European researchers are closing in on a solution that could improve public health. It grows along the shore.
  • Better treatment for social anxiety

    Social anxiety is currently treated with antidepressants or cognitive behavioural treatment. A new study shows that a combination of the two works best.
  • Anorexics misjudge their own reflection

    When a girl diagnosed with anorexia views herself in the mirror she acquires a less correct impression of how she looks than when she simply relies on her memory of her body.
  • Antidepressants decreased birthweights

    The infants born to mothers who have used antidepressants during their pregnancy are more likely to be born prematurely and weigh less. That said, researchers are not advising women who use such medications to quit them when they get pregnant.

Siw Ellen Jakobsen

Siw Ellen Jakobsen is a Norwegian freelance journalist.

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