The increase in sales of agents to treat sea lice infestations continued in 2013. However, sales of antibacterials showed a reduction compared to the previous year. Sales of anthelmintics showed a slight increase compared to 2012. These figures come from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
The population is ageing. Data of notifiable infectious diseases among those aged 65 years and older have been analysed by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The results show that invasive pneumococcal disease was the most common infectious disease, followed by whooping cough (pertussis) and campylobacteriosis.
Suicide among young men is a major public health concern in many countries, despite great efforts to find effective prevention strategies. By interviewing close relatives and friends of apparently well-functioning young men who unexpectedly took their own life, Norwegian researchers found there had been no signs of serious mental disorder. This contradicts previous research which suggests that depression or other mental illness is an important risk factor in suicide.
Drinking water with a relatively high concentration of magnesium protects against hip fractures, according to results of a study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
A delegation from Malawi recently attended a workshop organized by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).
Boys are at greater risk for delayed language development than girls, according to a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The researchers also found that reading and writing difficulties in the family gave an increased risk.
Estonia and Slovenia have recently released calls for proposals under the priority sector Human and Social Development. As their Donor Programme Partner, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has been advising them on implementation and linking them with potential Norwegian partners. The main objective of all of the calls is to improve public health and reduce health inequalities.
A new project to support low-income countries in effective preparedness planning and disease surveillance has been launched. The Global Health Preparedness project will be led by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the EU attended the kick-off meeting in December 2013.
The prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant has been awarded to Dr Frederik Frøen at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). He will use the 2.2 million euro grant to improve health data collection in Palestine, with a view to reducing maternal and child mortality.
In November 2013, a rare salmonella bacteria strain, Salmonella Coeln, has been confirmed in 18 people in Norway by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). The patients were infected in Norway and live in several counties (Buskerud, Oslo, Rogaland, Akershus, Nordland, Oppland, Oslo, Troms, Vestfold, Hordaland, Vest-Agder and Østfold).