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Preventive health

Genetic tests uncover lethal legacy — at a price

It’s become ever easier to test for mutations that increase a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer. But what kind of psychological burden does the test impose on women who take it?

Toothless in Sweden no more

Dental health in Sweden has improved radically over the last four decades, with just a tiny fraction of 50-year-old women toothless in 2004.

Healthier indoor climate for heavy industry

A dust extraction unit that exploits the laws of nature has made the indoor climate in a Norwegian industrial plant 75 percent cleaner.

More colorectal cancer in Norway than elsewhere in Europe


While fewer Norwegians are dying from colorectal cancer now than twenty years ago, other countries have done a better job in cutting mortality from the disease.

Genetically high cholesterol levels remain unseen

Probably about 18,000 Norwegians have inherited high cholesterol but don’t know it. Exercise and a proper diet are not enough to counteract the condition.

Quicker treatment of newborn jaundice brings big benefits

More effective light therapy reduces the risk of brain damage and minimizes infants’ separation from parents

Why whiplash becomes chronic for some

Some patients are more likely to suffer long-term whiplash pain and complications than others.

Excessive overtime raises risk of strokes

Do you work a lot? If your work weeks are longer than normal, you could be more likely of having a stroke, according to a new review.

Stress hormone linked to breast cancer

Women with small bloodstream levels of a stress-lowering hormone run a higher risk of breast cancer, according to a new Swedish study.

Documenting how dementia sufferers benefit from GPS

A new study of 200 dementia sufferers in Norway reveals that almost all experience greater peace of mind and do more physical activity when using GPS devices.