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Study denies ADHD's drug link with increased suicidal behaviour

Study denies ADHD's drug link with increased suicidal behaviourStockholm, June 19 - A new study has revealed that ADHD's drug therapy is not the reason behind increased risk of suicide attempts or suicide.

Henrik Larsson, researcher at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics said that the results rather indicate that ADHD drugs may have a protective effect.


Caffeine tied to low birth weight babies

Caffeine tied to low birth weight babiesStockholm, Feb 19 - Caffeine, the primary constituent of coffee has been found to be associated with low birth weight babies and may also prolong pregnancy, says a Swedish study.

A research team from the Norwegian Institute for Public Health, investigated the impact of maternal caffeine during pregnancy on babies, relying on information about mother's diet and birth details collected over 10 years.


Middle-aged women cope with burnout in different ways

Middle-aged women cope with burnout in different waysStockholm, Jan 18 : Middle-aged women cope with burnout, which is caused by a prolonged exposure to stress, in different ways, says a Swedish study.

Burnout involves emotional, physical and mental exhaustion, manifesting as poor sleep, depression, anxiety, even cardiovascular and immune disorders among other symptoms.


Stroke drug kills bugs behind ulcers, TB

Stroke drug kills bugs behind ulcers, TBStockholm, Dec 21 : A drug used in treating ischemic strokes may help kill bugs that cause gastric ulcers and tuberculosis (TB). Ischemic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked.

The study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden says a compound called ebselen effectively inhibits the thioredoxin reductase system in a wide variety of bugs, including H. pylori, which causes gastric ulcers, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes TB.


Exposure to traffic pollution harms kids' lungs

Exposure to traffic pollution harms kids' lungsStockholm, Oct 15 : Children with allergies when exposed to traffic related pollution may be particularly vulnerable to diminished lung function up to eight years of age, says a study.


Learning a language pushes brain growth

Learning a language pushes brain growthStockholm, Oct 9 : Learning new languages is a good way to keep the brain in shape and could encourage your brain to grow, shows a study.

A group of researchers had an almost unique opportunity to observe what happens to the brain when we learn a new language in a short period of time.

Young recruits at the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy pick up a new language very fast, 13 months to be exact.


Chewing linked to lowered dementia risk

Chewing linked to lowered dementia riskStockholm, Oct 5 - If you can bite into an apple, then you are more likely to maintain mental abilities and keep dementia at bay, according to a new research.

The older we become the more likely it is that we risk deterioration of our cognitive functions, such as memory, decision-making and problem solving.

Several studies have also demonstrated a link between not having teeth and loss of cognitive function and a higher risk of dementia.


Antibiotics to cure appendicitis

Antibiotics to cure appendicitisStockholm, Sep 27 - Antibiotics may replace invasive surgery in the treatment of acute appendicitis involving the removal of the appendix and could be just as effective, a new Swedish study suggests.

Appendicitis is a serious condition involving the appendix (a tube-shaped sac attached to and opening into the lower end of the large intestine), which becomes inflamed and painful, causing abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and fever.


Test to predict premature births discovered

Test to predict premature births discoveredStockholm, Sep 21 - Researchers have developed a new method to predict premature births, based on a new blood test that looks at two specific proteins, combined with an established ultrasound examination to measure the length of the cervix.


Sound levels in ICUs exceed WHO limits

Sound levels in ICUs exceed WHO limitsStockholm, Sep 18 - Tending to the seriously ill in intensive care units (ICUs) requires pin-drop silence, but current noise levels there ranged between 51-55 dB which is comparable to noise levels at a busy road, says a European study. It exceeds WHO recommendations by more than 20 dB.


Women suffer high rates of sleep apnea: Study

Women suffer high rates of sleep apnea: StudyStockholm, Aug 16 - Women suffer from high rates of sleep apnoea, a condition marked by frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the disorder being linked predominantly with males.

The study from Uppsala and Umea Universities also suggest that women with hypertension and/or obesity were more likely to experience sleep apnoea.


Stroke hits women harder than men, says study

Stroke hits women harder than men, says studyStockholm, July 26 - A stroke in any form hits women harder than men, robbing them of the very meaning of life, says a study from Sweden.

Researchers at Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, asked all patients attending an out-patient clinic over a 16-month period to complete the Nottingham health profile, a generic quality of life survey used to measure subjective physical, emotional and social aspects of health.


Half of inhaled diesel soot sticks to lungs

Half of inhaled diesel soot sticks to lungsStockholm, June 29 - The exhaust from diesel-run vehicles, wood fires and coal fired power stations contains soot particles that not only pollute the air, but more dangerously, stick to human lungs, says a study.

Now for the first time, Lund University researchers have shown in a detailed study how more than half of all inhaled diesel soot particles remain in the body.


Heavy use of mobile, PC affects sleep, mental health

Heavy use of mobile, PC affects sleep, mental healthStockholm, June 12 - Youths who heavily use mobile phones and computers run a greater risk of sleep disturbances, stress and affecting their mental health.

"Public health advice should, therefore, include information on the healthy use of this technology," says researcher Sara Thomee from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.


Low-fat dairy foods can lower stroke risk

Low-fat dairy foods can lower stroke riskStockholm, April 20 - People who drink low-fat milk and eat low-fat curd and cheese have a lowered stroke risk compared to those who consume full-fat dairy foods, says a new study.

Researchers who surveyed 74,961 adults aged 45 to 83 found that those who ate low-fat dairy foods had a 12 percent lower risk of stroke and a 13 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke (when an artery to the brain is blocked) than those who ate high-fat dairy foods.


Music de-stresses, evokes positive emotions

Music de-stresses, evokes positive emotionsStockholm, March 6 : Listening to music daily can evoke positive emotions and bring down your stress levels, being a simple and effective way to enhance well-being and health.

The thesis is based partly on a survey study involving 207 individuals, partly on an intervention study where an group of 21 people listened to self-chosen music for 30 minutes daily for two weeks while a similarly sized group got to relax without music.


Stroke leaves victims exposed to malnutrition risk

Stroke leaves victims exposed to malnutrition riskStockholm, Feb 17 - A stroke could leave you with eating problems, with more than half risking malnutrition even three months after the attack.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, studied 36 stroke patients, assessing them in hospital for an average of five days.


Turmeric-based drug being tested against Alzheimer's

Turmeric-based drug being tested against Alzheimer'sStockholm, Feb 15 - Curcumin, a compound of turmeric commonly used in Indian curries, prolongs life and boosts activity of fruit flies with a nervous disorder similar to Alzheimer's disease that afflicts millions of older people across the world.


Swedish diplomat says Haiti cholera strain came from Nepal

Swedish diplomat says Haiti cholera strain came from NepalStockholm, Nov 18 - A Swedish diplomat claimed Wednesday that Haiti's cholera outbreak originated in Nepal.

"Unfortunately that is the case. It has proved that the cholera came from Nepal," Claes Hammar, Sweden's ambassador to Haiti, told daily Svenska Dagbladet.


Online therapy can treat depression: Study

Online therapy can treat depression: Study  Stockholm, April 13 : The online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is as effective in treating panic disorder and depression as the traditional group-based method, a new study has found.

"Internet-based CBT is also more cost-effective than group therapy," said Jan Bergstrom, a researcher with the Center for Psychiatry Research at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institute (KI).


Golf prolongs life, Swedish study finds

Stockholm  - Golf may be a pastime sometimes criticized as "a good walk spoiled," according to a statement often attributed to US author Mark Twain, but a new Swedish study suggests it has health benefits.

Researchers at the medical university Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm suggest that golfers can expect a five-year longer life expectancy, citing that the "death rate for golfers is 40 per cent lower than for other people of the same sex, age and socioeconomic status."


Coffee lowers, alcohol raises breast cancer risk, studies show

Coffee lowers, alcohol raises breast cancer risk, studies showStockholm  - Two to three cups of coffee a day can reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, while alcohol consumption increases it, according to the results of two recent studies.


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