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New Nordic twin study highlights familial cancer risk

New Nordic twin study highlights familial cancer risk

Having a twin with cancer gives a higher risk of the co-twin developing cancer, although not necessarily of the same type, according to results from a twin study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
[28.01.2016]
Social anxiety is highly heritable but is affected by environment

2016 research finding

Social anxiety is highly heritable but is affected by environment

Genes play a crucial role over time although environmental factors matter most in the short term, according to a major study into social anxiety and avoidant personality disorders from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
[20.01.2016]
New responsibilities in 2016

New responsibilities in 2016

From 1st January 2016, the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (SIRUS) and the secretariat of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) will be incorporated into the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
[21.12.2015]
Link between weight gain in first year of life and risk of type 1 diabetes

Link between weight gain in first year of life and risk of type 1 diabetes

The risk of type 1 diabetes seems to be higher among children with high weight gain during their first year, according to a new Norwegian-Danish study from the NIPH. However, the increase in risk is low, and most children who gain weight quickly do not develop type 1 diabetes.
[18.12.2015]
Early life infections may be a risk factor for coeliac disease in childhood

Early life infections may be a risk factor for coeliac disease in childhood

Children with frequent infections in the first 18 months of life have a slightly increased risk of later developing coeliac disease compared with children who have few infections. This is the conclusion from a study by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
[25.09.2015]
Serious poisoning cases among foreign mushroom pickers

Serious poisoning cases among foreign mushroom pickers

Every year, the Poisons Information Centre receives numerous enquiries about serious mushroom poisoning. Many of the mushrooms pickers that need hospital treatment come from Asia and Eastern Europe.
[28.08.2015]
Norwegian-led Ebola vaccine study shows promising results in Guinea

Norwegian-led Ebola vaccine study shows promising results in Guinea

The study, testing the effectiveness of a new vaccine against Ebola, has shown encouraging outcomes according to interim analyses published today in The Lancet.
[31.07.2015]
More obesity among the less educated in rich countries

More obesity among the less educated in rich countries

In rich countries, obesity is more common among the lower educated, whilst in poor countries, obesity is more common among the higher educated. This was shown in a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, which confirms earlier research.
[24.07.2015]
Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so.
[09.07.2015]
Many drive while impaired

Drug statistics 2014

Many drive while impaired

The police are submitting increasing numbers of blood samples for analysis from drivers suspected of driving while impaired by drugs other than alcohol. However, alcohol is still the most commonly detected substance, according to the drug statistics for 2014 issued by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

[25.06.2015]