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  1. News

    40 per cent increase in drug costs over four years

    New and more expensive drugs contributed significantly to the 40 per cent rise in total drug costs from 2013 to 2017. The growth has been higher than in previous years, according to a new report.

  2. Statistics

    76,000 elderly people were dispensed at least 15 medicines during 2017

    Drug use among the elderly has increased year-on-year. In 2017, approximately 76,000 elderly people living at home were dispensed at least 15 prescription drugs, 570,000 were dispensed five or more.

  3. Research findings

    Alcohol plus medicine – a dangerous combination in traffic

    The accident risk is very high if a driver combines alcohol with hypnotic or sedative medicines. This is the finding from a 2012 study by researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

  4. Research findings

    Antidepressant use in pregnancy associated with anxiety symptoms in 3-year-olds

    Three-year-old siblings exposed to antidepressants in pregnancy show increased anxiety symptoms compared to their unexposed siblings.

  5. Research findings

    Anxiety and depression increase risk of sick leave

    Long-term sick leave is a burden for individuals and society at large, yet very little is known about the underlying reasons for it.

  6. Research findings

    Are the metabolic syndrome and cancer related?

    Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2. Few studies have studied the metabolic syndrome as an entity and the risk of cancer.

  7. Research findings

    As many large breast tumours detected without mammography

    In Denmark, regions with organised mass breast cancer screening programmes did not detect less tumours over two centimetres than regions without.

  8. Research findings

    Caesarean sections associated with risk of asthma

    Babies born by Caesarean section have a 50 % increased risk of developing asthma compared to babies born naturally. Emergency Caesarean sections increase the risk even further.

  9. Research findings

    Cannabis abuse possible cause of psychosis

    The risk of developing psychosis is more than tripled for those who abuse cannabis, according to results from a new twin study.

  10. Research findings

    Can environmental contaminants cause lower sperm count?

    The amount of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that mothers had in their blood during pregnancy was correlated with their sons' semen quality at 20 years old.

  11. Research findings

    Can medication for anxiety and sleeping problems during pregnancy harm the child?

    New research from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study shows that anxiolytic use during pregnancy can increase the risk of mental problems in the child.

  12. Research findings

    Centre of Excellence for Fertility and Health established at NIPH

    The Research Council of Norway has awarded the status of Norwegian Centre of Excellence to the Centre for Fertility and Health.

  13. Research findings

    Child neurodevelopment not affected by mobile phone use in pregnancy

    Mobile phone use during pregnancy is not linked to adverse effects on children’s language and motor skills, according to a study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.

  14. Research findings

    Clear association between cerebral palsy and low Apgar score

    A 2010 study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health showed a clear association between CP and Apgar score in children with both normal and low birth weight.

  15. Research findings

    Critical thinking can be taught

    10-12-years-olds can be taught how to think critically at school, even with few teachers and limited resources. Parents can also be taught to assess claims about health effects.

  16. Research findings

    Decrease in new type 2 diabetes cases in Norway

    There are fewer new patients with type 2 diabetes. The number of newly diagnosed cases declined from more than 16 000 in 2009 to 11 000 in 2014.

  17. Research findings

    Decrease in suicide not linked to newer antidepressants

    Many researchers have studied the relationship between the increase in sales of new antidepressants in recent decades and a simultaneous decline in the suicide rate.

  18. Research findings

    Different drinking habits among partners may lead to divorce

    Both the amounts and similarity in alcohol use patterns between partners are important risk factors for divorce. It is worst if the wife drinks more than her husband, according to a 2013 study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

  19. Research findings

    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.

  20. News

    EEA and Norway Grants improve public health in Europe

    "This cooperation is strengthening the public health work in Europe and contributes to reducing social inequality within its borders."