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  1. Research findings

    Children exposed to many environmental contaminants

    Children across Europe are exposed to a wide range of contaminants in foetal life and childhood but their exposure varies by country and compound, according to a recent study.

  2. News

    Stoltenberg and Ottersen members in new Lancet Commission

    Two directors from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health are members of a new commission on synergies between universal health coverage, health security and health promotion.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Research findings

    NIPH to lead European adolescent obesity project

    An international research project has begun to investigate how society can help adolescents to choose a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

  7. 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.

  8. Research findings

    Long-term paracetamol use in pregnancy may increase child’s ADHD risk

    Using paracetamol (acetaminophen) for 29 days or more in pregnancy doubles the risk of a child being diagnosed with ADHD, according to a new study.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Research findings

    Women have healthier brains in gender equal countries

    In countries that promote women's equality and participation in society, women have a better chance of keeping their brains healthy in later life, according to research from the NIPH.

  13. 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.

  14. Research findings

    Maternal iodine deficiency can affect child development

    A low iodine intake among pregnant women may be associated with poor language development, reduced fine motor skills and behavioural problems when the child is three years old.

  15. Research findings

    Most ADHD medicine used by December-born children

    Children born at the end of the year are more likely to receive ADHD medication or an ADHD diagnosis than children born early in the year.

  16. 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.

  17. Research findings

    Norwegian women drink least while pregnant, British women drink most

    A study among over 7000 women in 11 European countries shows the proportion of women in Europe who drink alcohol when they know they are pregnant is lowest in Norway and highest in the UK.

  18. News

    Record high vaccination coverage of two-year-olds in 2016

    More children are being vaccinated and the vast majority of children and young people are taking the vaccines recommended in the Norwegian Childhood Immunisation Programme.

  19. Research findings

    Narcolepsy after swine influenza pandemic

    A study confirms that the risk of narcolepsy increased after vaccination with Pandemrix during the influenza pandemic 2009/2010. It also suggests that the narcolepsy risk increased after influenza.

  20. 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.