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  1. Research findings

    Environmental contaminants may reduce immunity

    Exposure to environmental contaminants during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of infections during the first three years of life and a reduced response to childhood vaccines. This was found in two studies from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health from 2013 and 2012.

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    Estonia’s first mental health centre for children opened

    With support from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norway Grants, Estonia’s first mental health centre for children and adolescents has now been opened.

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    European Research Council grant awarded to Norwegian researcher

    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.

  4. Research findings

    Excess abdominal fat is associated with heart attack

    A large waist-hip ratio is a more important risk factor for heart attacks than weight, especially for younger to middle-aged women.

  5. Research findings

    Meningococcal disease: Short way from harmless bacteria to major epidemics

    With just two gene mutations, harmless bacteria transform into a strain that could cause major epidemics in Niger and Nigeria. This is shown by a research study at the Norwegian Institute of Public

  6. Research findings

    Genes can explain preterm birth

    Six genetic variables can explain the length of pregnancy and preterm delivery, according to a major international study. The results have been confirmed by an analysis of genetic data from Nordic women.

  7. Research findings

    Genes, depression and life satisfaction

    Vulnerability to major depression is linked with how satisfied we are with our lives. This association is largely due to genes.

  8. Research findings

    High quality centre-based childcare can prevent developmental difficulties

    High qualitycentre-based childcare appears to prevent the development of language and behavioural difficulties over time,particularly among vulnerable children.

  9. Research findings

    HIV co-infection does not cause multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

    New research shows that HIV co-infection does not specifically drive the development and transmission of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, as previously suspected.

  10. Research findings

    How are children affected by maternal anxiety and depression?

    Maternal symptoms of anxiety and depression increased the risk of emotional and disruptive problem behaviors in children as early as 18 months of age, according to the TOPP study.

  11. News

    How many children were vaccinated in 2015?

    More and more children in Norway are being vaccinated and now the vast majority of children and adolescents have taken the vaccines recommended in the Childhood Immunisation Programme.

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    Immunotherapy inhibits heroin effects in research animals

    Immunotherapy could have a place in the treatment of substance abuse in the future.

  13. Research findings

    Increased risk for cerebral palsy for pre- and post-term births

    A 2010 study that used data from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway found that infants born at 42 weeks or later have an increased risk of cerebral palsy compared to birth at 40 weeks.

  14. Research findings

    Increased risk for stillbirth delivery among women with a family history of stroke

    Women with a family history of stroke had an increased risk of stillbirth, according to a new study by researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Universities of Bergen and Oslo.

  15. Research findings

    Increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes among women with type 1 diabetes

    As a group, women with type 1 diabetes still have an increased risk of foetal death and a slightly increased risk of infant death compared with healthy pregnant women, according to a 2012 study.

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    Infant growth affected by exposure to environmental pollutants

    Even though the levels of two environmental pollutants have declined over the last 20 years, they may still have adverse effects on children’s development.

  17. News

    Law passed to establish Palestinian public health institute

    On April 5th 2016, new legislation was approved to establish the Palestinian National Institute of Public Health (PNIPH).

  18. Research findings

    Link between toddler sleep patterns and behaviour at 5

    Toddlers who sleep less than 10 hours a night or wake frequently are more likely to have emotional and behavioural problems at the age of five, according to a 2015 study.

  19. Research findings

    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.

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    Long-term methadone treatment can affect nerve cells in brain

    Long-term methadone treatment can cause changes in the brain, according to studies from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in 2012.