Getting children to eat their greens? Both parents need to set an example
(University of Eastern Finland) A positive example set by both the mother and the father promotes the consumption of vegetables, fruit and berries among 3-5-year-old children, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The study explored the association of the home food environment and parental influence with the consumption of vegetables among kindergarten-aged children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Gene Therapy Trial Shows ‘Real Potential’
Gene therapy is moving closer to becoming part of standard-of-care treatment for pleural mesothelioma, according to the latest multicenter clinical trial. The phase III trial, known as the INFINITE clinical research study, is designed to evaluate the intrapleural delivery of an investigational drug — a type of gene therapy — in combination with celecoxib and gemcitabine, anti-inflammatory and chemotherapy drugs, respectively. Researchers hope to stop, or at least slow, the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells with the combination therapy. “This is a very interesting concept,” oncologist Dr. Bernardo G...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 17, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Association between psychosocial problems and unhealthy health behavior patterns among Finnish adolescents - Marttila-Tornio K, Ruotsalainen H, Miettunen J, M ännikkö N, Kääriäinen M.
The aim of the study was to investigate how psychosocial problems in childhood and adolescence associate with an unhealthy health behavior pattern among adolescents in Northern Finland. The study population consisted of 4350 participants, drawn from the No... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Fail productively … how to turn yourself into a super-learner
Whether you ’re taking up the oboe or finessing your Finnish, scientific research offers tips to aid learningIf your aim for 2020 was to learn a new skill, you may be at the point of giving up. Whether you are mastering a new language or a musical instrument, or taking a career-changing course, initial enthusiasm can only take you so far, and any further progress can be disappointingly slow.From these struggles, you might assume that you simply lack a natural gift – compared to those lucky people who can learn any new skill with apparent ease.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 17, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Robson Tags: Neuroscience Learning and teaching Education Source Type: news

Regulating alcohol marketing on social media: outcomes and limitations of marketing restrictions of Finland's 2015 Alcohol Act - Katainen A, Kauppila E, Svensson J, Lindeman M, Hellman M.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the 2015 law restricting alcohol marketing on social media in Finland. METHOD: The study compared posts that market alcohol on Finnish and Swedish social media in terms of number, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Time spent watching television does not replace physical activity for Finnish men
(University of Jyv ä skyl ä - Jyv ä skyl ä n yliopisto) A large proportion of highly active men watch more television than their low-active peers do. In contrast, highly active women watch less television than low-active women do. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Wiley and FinELib sign transitional agreement continuing expansion in open access
(Wiley) John Wiley& Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWA) (NYSE: JWB), a global leader in research and education, and FinELib, a Finnish consortium of higher education and research institutions, have announced a new 3-year license that combines an open access and subscription agreement effective February 2020. This 3-year agreement will provide 22 Finnish institutions with continued access to Wiley's subscription journals and enables their affiliated authors to publish open access articles in Wiley's fully gold and hybrid journals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Setting the foundation for new ideas to grow
A quick look at  some of the key elements in the Finnish digital health landscape. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

A new learning model to enhance citizen participation
(Abo Akademi University) How to teach citizens to become active members of the society? Peter Ehrstr ö m, Head of Research in Regional Science, and Marina Lindell, Project Researcher at the Social Science Research Institute of Å bo Akademi University in Vaasa, Finland, approached the question by inviting a group of students on a course that utilized a method called Deliberative Walks. The experiment produced very positive results. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Heart Medications Can Make Healthy Habits Slide
Of more than 41,000 middle-aged Finnish adults researchers followed, those who started on cholesterol or blood pressure drugs were more likely to stop exercising or gain weight in the years afterward. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins and blood pressure pills are not a 'free pass' to avoid healthy habits, experts warn
A study of 40,000 people in Finland suggests unhealthy habits could render the drugs - which are supposed to prevent life-threatening events such as heart attack and stroke - pointless. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthy Habits Can Slide After Starting Heart Medications
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2020 -- Some people let healthy habits fall by the wayside after they start medications for high cholesterol or high blood pressure, a new study finds. Of more than 41,000 middle-aged Finnish adults researchers followed, those... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 5, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

People on blood pressure, cholesterol meds often let healthy habits slip
Finnish researchers found that adults in their country at risk for heart disease and stroke who took cholesterol- or blood pressure-lowering medications were more likely to reduce their activity levels and gain weight. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Circular economy can improve the profitability of wind power -- and vice versa
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Circular economy can utilize surplus wind power to improve profitability of the entire energy system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 5, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

High-precision imaging revealed what holds on the smallest light responsive gold chain
(University of Jyv ä skyl ä - Jyv ä skyl ä n yliopisto) Manufacture of chemical sensors and catalysts based on gold nanoclusters gained new light from recent cutting-edge research. Chemists at the University of Jyv ä skyl ä , Finland and the University of California succeeded in determining the atomic precise structure of a chain of gold nanoclusters attached to each other. The researchers revealed the disulfide-bridging bond between the bound nanoclusters. Linked gold nanocluster structures advance our understanding of the optical and electronic response of these systems which hold future per...
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 5, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

A Bigger Impact in a Smaller World: The China Situation
People wear face masks in the waiting area at China's Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. Credit: UN News/Jing ZhangBy Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Feb 3 2020 (IPS) We are now living in a hyper communicative world where news does travel faster than lightning. Boundaries, borders, geographical and time differences have become next to obsolete in today’s speed driven world. At any point in time people, news and local occurrences can influence internationally without much local isolation. Along with the advantages of technology, communications and connections world is also facing new challenges that are proportionally evolv...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A New Form Of Northern Lights Discovered In Finland – By Amateur Sky Watchers
It was the members of a Facebook group who noted that the auroras they'd seen didn't look like any that had been previously catalogued. So physicists asked them to take a few carefully timed photos.(Image credit: Kari Saari/University of Helsinki) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurel Wamsley Source Type: news

Finnair cancels some China flights as virus fears spread
Finnish airline Finnair said it would suspend its routes to Nanjing and Beijing's Daxing airport until the end of March, the first European airline to cancel flights to mainland China amid growing fears about the spread of a new flu-like virus. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

ONCOS-102 Shows Promise in Combination Mesothelioma Treatment
ONCOS-102, a promising immunotherapy vaccine, is moving closer to becoming a part of future first-line treatment for mesothelioma. Early clinical trial results announced this week show safety and efficacy when the vaccine is used in combination with standard-of-care chemotherapy for patients with inoperable pleural mesothelioma. Targovax, a Scandinavian pharmaceutical company developing the drug, is moving forward with another study combining ONCOS-102 with a checkpoint inhibitor drug such as Keytruda (pembrolizumab) or Opdivo (nivolumab), along with chemotherapy. “We have seen enough data at this point to be going ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 27, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

More than 40% of status epilepticus patients suffer adverse outcomes
(University of Eastern Finland) A new study published in Seizure gives insight into the short-term outcome of patients treated for status epilepticus in Kuopio University Hospital in Finland. The researchers found a 9% risk of death and a 32% risk of functional loss at one month after status epilepticus. The patient's risk of death could be predicted relatively reliably already in the emergency room by using status epilepticus-related prognostic tools. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Horror movies manipulate brain activity expertly to enhance excitement
(University of Turku) Finnish research team maps neural activity in response to watching horror movies. A study conducted by the University of Turku shows the top horror movies of the past 100 years, and how they manipulate brain activity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'We need to make sure that we are always something else': victim support organisations and the increasing responsibility of the state in supporting crime victims in Finland and Norway - Helminen M.
In response to international obligations many Western states have strengthened their responsibility for crime victims' access to support services. This is also the case in Finland and Norway where this interview study explored the views of representatives ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Quest Discovers Genetic Blueprint with Latest Deal
Quest Diagnostics said it has acquired Blueprint Genetics in an all-cash equity transaction. Helsinki, Finland-based Blueprint Genetics has deep expertise in gene variant interpretation based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) and proprietary bioinformatics.  Additional financial terms were not disclosed.  Quest said the addition of Blueprint Genetics will help broaden access to actionable insights in genetic and rare diseases, improving patient care and pharmaceutical drug research and development. "The great challenge with genetic testing is generating quality, actionable and broadly accessi...
Source: MDDI - January 22, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MDDI Staff Tags: IVD Source Type: news

VTT Makes New Investments in Digital Health
VTT is launching new research activities in the area of digital health as part of the growing wellbeing and health technology ecosystem in Kuopio. The new initiative aims to create state-of-the-art research based especially on the utilisation of health data, generate new digital health innovations and establish global health technology business in Finland and the Kuopio region. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - January 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Industry Business and Industry Source Type: news

Digital athletics in analogue stadiums
(Aalto University) Why do people pay money travel to big arenas to watch people sit in chairs and stare into screens? What are they getting in real life that they can't get from streaming it online? Researchers in Finland have studied for the first time what motivates the 'in real life' consumption of e-sports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

MaaS trends and policy-level initiatives in the EU - Sakai K.
The concept of mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) was conceived in Finland, and it is characteristically user-oriented. Interest in MaaS has quickly spread across Europe along with the rapid advances in information and communications technology and the internet ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Body's natural signal carriers can help melanoma spread
(University of Eastern Finland) A new study from Finland sheds fresh light on how melanoma cells interact with other cells via extracellular vesicles they secrete. The researchers found that extracellular vesicles secreted by melanoma cells use the so-called hedgehog signalling pathway to intensify the malignant properties of the cells they are targeting. The discovery can help in the development of better treatment and diagnostics for melanoma. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 16, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Machine-washable smart jumpsuit can track development of babies at risk of suffering mobility issues
The suit, which can be washed at 40°C (104°F), was created by scientists at the Helsinki Children's Hospital in Finland. Four sensors are attached to the upper arms and legs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National studies from the Netherlands and Finland and the impact of regulations on incidences of fireworks-related eye injuries - de Faber JT, Kivel ä TT, Gabel-Pfisterer A.
Fireworks-related eye injuries occur all over the world whenever fireworks are available for the public. The two prospective registers from Finland over 20  years and from the Netherlands over 10 years have tracked the effect of regulations, awareness, an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Long-term medication for schizophrenia is safe
(Karolinska Institutet) Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and their colleagues in Germany, the USA and Finland have studied the safety of very long-term antipsychotic therapy for schizophrenia. According to the study, which is published in the scientific journal World Psychiatry, mortality was higher during periods when patients were not on medication than when they were. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Earlier falls predict subsequent fractures in postmenopausal women
(University of Eastern Finland) The risk of fracture in postmenopausal women can be predicted by history of falls, according to new findings from the Kuopio Osteoporosis Risk Factor and Prevention Study (OSTPRE) at the University of Eastern Finland. Published in Osteoporosis International, the study is the first to follow up on the association between history of falls and subsequent fractures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AI can be used to detect and grade prostate cancer
(Karolinska Institutet) Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Tampere University in Finland have developed a method based on artificial intelligence for histopathological diagnosis and grading of prostate cancer. The AI-system has the potential to solve one of the bottlenecks in today's prostate cancer histopathology by providing more accurate diagnosis and better treatment decisions. The study, presented in The Lancet Oncology, shows that the AI-system is as good at identifying and grading prostate cancer as world-leading uro-pathologists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 8, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Yersiniosis: Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017; Surveillance Report
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 1/2020. This five-page report on cases of yersiniosis is based on data for 2017 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on September 11, 2018. For 2017, 28 countries reported 6,890 confirmed yersiniosis cases in the European Union/European Economic Area. The highest rates were reported by Finland, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Brivaracetam good value for focal-onset seizures in Finland
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - January 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Children born preterm are more likely to be placed outside the home
(National Institute for Health and Welfare) Children born prematurely, i.e. before week 37, are more likely to be placed outside the home as a supportive child welfare measure than their full-term counterparts, according to a population study conducted by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Suicidality in relation to depressive symptoms and psychological distress in adults aged 30 to 101 years in a population-based study in Finland - Palmu R, Koskinen S, Partonen T.
BACKGROUND: Screening for suicidality has importance in terms of public health. We investigated which specific items of psychological distress best predicted suicidality in a population-based sample. METHODS: A random sample of adults aged 30-101 y... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Good aerobic fitness doesn't protect children against type 2 diabetes, staying active does
(University of Eastern Finland) Good aerobic fitness does not protect children against obesity-induced insulin resistance, which is a key risk factor of type 2 diabetes, a new study from Finland shows. However, more physical activity and less sedentary time were associated with reduced insulin resistance also in obese children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bullying among international adoptees: testing risks and protective factors - Holmgren E, Raaska H, Lapinleimu H, Elovainio M.
This study examined the risks and protective factors for experiencing bullying and especially racist bullying among internationally adopted children in Finland. Factors examined were related to children's background, adoptive family, children's social prob... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Access to services in rural areas from the point of view of older population-a case study in finland - Verma I, Taegen J.
Independence and having control over one's own life are important factors for residential satisfaction. In rural areas, the mobility of people is based on owning a private car, due to the lack of public transport. Furthermore, planning in rural municipalit... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Sharp rise in fall-induced cervical spine injuries among older adults between 1970 and 2017 - Kannus P, Niemi S, Parkkari J, Mattila VM.
BACKGROUND: Fall-induced injuries in older adults are a major public health challenge. METHODS: We determined the current trends in the number and age-adjusted incidence of fall-induced severe cervical spine injuries among older adults in Finland b... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Finnish children's motor skills at the top in Europe
(University of Jyv ä skyl ä - Jyv ä skyl ä n yliopisto) Data gathered in Finland, Belgium and Portugal reveal that Finnish children are ahead of their European peers in motor skills at ages 6 to 10 years. Differences in motor skills increase with age and independently of the remarkable differences in overweight across the countries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World Remains Sharply Divided on Climate Change Targets Ahead of ‘Crucial 12 Months’
When it comes to preventing the worst of climate change, “the point of no return is no longer over the horizon,” United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Sunday on the eve of a crucial round of intergovernmental talks at the UN’s annual climate summit. Representatives of more than 200 countries have gathered in Madrid for COP25, where they will attempt to strike key agreements on international climate action. One challenge is the wild variance in the impact of their domestic goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. A growing crowd of large economies, including Spain, France and the U.K., hav...
Source: TIME: Science - December 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent/ Madrid Tags: Uncategorized climate change Source Type: news

VTT developed an optical fiber made of cellulose
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) VTT researchers were able to transmit light in wood-based fibre. Optical fibre made of cellulose is best suited for sensors that benefit from the biodegradability of the material. In the future, optical cellulose fibre may allow detecting changes in the moisture level of buildings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 3, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

National studies from the Netherlands and Finland and the impact of regulations on incidences of fireworks-related eye injuries. German version - de Faber JT, Kivel ä TT, Gabel-Pfisterer A.
Fireworks-related eye injuries occur all over the world whenever fireworks are available for the public. The two prospective registers from Finland over 20  years and from the Netherlands over 10 years have tracked the effect of regulations, awareness, an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Ada Health ’s chief medical officer on AI and building trust in digital health tools
The Berlin-headquartered company's chief medical officer spoke at Slush, an event that took place in Finland last week. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Popit cofounder talks expansion plans, new pharma collaborations
An interview with Timo Heikkil ä, cofounder and chief operating officer of Finnish health tech startup Popit. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 27, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

New method enables easier and faster detection of celiac disease antibodies
(University of Helsinki) Researchers from the University of Helsinki, Finland, developed a novel diagnostic method for the rapid on-site measurement of antibodies from patient samples. Now they have applied this new method for the diagnostics of celiac disease, with promising results. These results may prompt the development of similar tests for the diagnostics of other autoimmune disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Novartis unveils partnerships with Finnish startups Popit and Precordior at Slush
The announcement was made at the startup event organised in Helsinki, Finland this week.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Increased use of antibiotics may predispose to Parkinson's disease
(University of Helsinki) Higher exposure to commonly used oral antibiotics is linked to an increased risk of Parkinson's disease according to a recently published Finnish study. The strongest associations were found for broad spectrum antibiotics and those that act against against anaerobic bacteria and fungi. The timing of antibiotic exposure also seemed to matter. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 22, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Bacteria-infecting viruses bind mucosal surface and protect from disease
(University of Jyv ä skyl ä - Jyv ä skyl ä n yliopisto) Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, have been shown to preferentially bind to mucosal surfaces. This has been suggested to provide an extra level of immunity against bacterial infections. Researchers at the University of Jyv ä skyl ä , Finland tested this idea using fish, phages (viruses) and a fish-infecting bacteria. Phages were confirmed to bind to the mucosal surface, staying there for days and give protection from subsequent bacterial infection. Research was published in mBio in November 2019. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 22, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news