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Preventive health

Most surgical meniscus repairs are unnecessary

Three out of four people could avoid knee surgery with a new form of exercise therapy, with significant cost savings for society.

Live normally despite a hole in heart

Children born with a hole in the wall between heart chambers are often viewed as sickly or feeble. But a new study shows that kids with this relatively common congenital heart defect are just as healthy as other children. A researcher claims we are doing them a disservice by pathologising them.

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.