Finland chooses sustainable fashion -- a gown made of birch in time for the holidays
(Aalto University) An Aalto University-designed and -produced dress made of birch trees shows how one day we will all look--and feel--good in sustainable fabrics (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 10, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sharing genetic information is key to finding medical solutions
While data privacy is a priority, Pirkko Kortekangas, Chief Development Officer at UNA Plan in Finland, says that sharing genetic information is vital when searching for medical solutions.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Oura's latest round brings the smart ring maker's total funding past $20M
The Finnish company now enjoys support from several tech founders, athletes, and celebrities.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Risk factors for suicide in depression in Finland: first-hospitalized patients followed up to 24 years - Aaltonen KI, Isomets ä E, Sund R, Pirkola S.
OBJECTIVE: To examine longitudinally risk factors for suicide in depression, and gender differences in risk factors and suicide methods. METHOD: We linked data from (a) The Finnish Hospital Discharge Register, (b) the Census Register of Statistics ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Global warming increases frost damage on trees in Central Europe
(University of Eastern Finland) Global warming increases frost damage on trees in large areas of Central Europe, according to a new Finnish-Chinese study. Late frost damages are economically important in agriculture and forestry. In certain years, they are known to have caused losses amounting to up to hundreds of millions of euros. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 3, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Secukinumab cost effective in active psoriatic arthritis in Finland
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - December 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Many diseases increase the risks of hip fracture surgery
(University of Eastern Finland) Parkinson's disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatic diseases, alcoholism and mental health disorders increase the risk of surgical complications after a hip fracture surgery, a new Finnish study analysing nationwide registers finds. 4.6 percent of all hip surgery patients and 10 percent of total hip replacement surgery patients experienced surgical complications within three months following their surgery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New research questions fish stocking obligations
(University of Eastern Finland) Fish stocking as a fisheries compensation method in hydropower operations no longer meets latest legal and scientific requirements, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Published in Water International, the study focuses on ecological flows from the viewpoints of law and biology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Record-low birth rate threatens Finland's welfare system: Finance Minister
A rapid decline in the birth rate is threatening Finland's welfare system and public finances, the Nordic country's finance minister Petteri Orpo told Reuters in an interview. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Saunas Seem to Do a Heart Good, Research Shows
THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 -- Love your time in the local sauna? Your heart may love it, too. New research from sauna-loving Finland suggests that for people aged 50 and older, saunas may lower their odds of risk of dying from heart... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nexstim pulls trigger on 30-to-1 reverse split
Nexstim said this week it pulled the trigger on a 30-to-1 reverse split of its stock as the company looks to reduce its share capital. Through the move, each shareholder in the Helsinki, Finland-based company will receive a single share for every 30 shares they previously owned. The shift went into effect on Monday, with the company’s share numbers reduced to approximately 3.2 million. The reduction in shares was approved by the company’s board of directors earlier this month, the company said in a press release. In May, NexStim said that it launched its Navigated Brain Therapy transcranial magnetic stimulation...
Source: Mass Device - November 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Wall Street Beat Nexstim Source Type: news

Do maternal knowledge and paternal knowledge of children's whereabouts buffer differently against alcohol use? A longitudinal study among Finnish boys and girls - Lindfors P, Minkkinen J, Katainen A, Rimpel ä A.
BACKGROUND: Previous research suggests that parental knowledge of the child's activities and whereabouts prevents adolescents' alcohol use. However, evidence on whether the positive effects of maternal and paternal knowledge are distinctive for boys' and g... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

First ancient DNA from mainland Finland reveals origins of Siberian ancestry in region
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Researchers from the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Helsinki have analyzed the first ancient DNA from mainland Finland. As described in Nature Communications, ancient DNA was extracted from bones and teeth from a 3,500 year-old burial on the Kola Peninsula, Russia, and a 1,500 year-old water burial in Finland. The results reveal the possible path along which ancient people from Siberia spread to Finland and Northwestern Russia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Music supports the auditory skills of hearing-impaired children
(University of Helsinki) Researchers at University of Helsinki, Finland, and University College London have found evidence that children with hearing impairment and cochlear implants can benefit from hobbies involving music and especially singing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What is a juvenile? A cross-national comparison of youth justice systems - Abrams LS, Jordan SP, Montero LA.
In this article, the authors analyze cross-national variations in how the category of 'juvenile' is defined in criminal law and policy. The authors purposively selected the cases of Argentina, Belize, England/Wales, and Finland to maximize differences in t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

FOBT Colorectal Cancer Screening Only Effective in Men FOBT Colorectal Cancer Screening Only Effective in Men
Fecal occult blood tests to detect colorectal cancer led to survival benefits and treatment of reduced intensity in men, especially men with left-sided tumors, not in women, Finnish trial data indicate.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Postal code area data can help in the planning of cost-effective health care services
(University of Eastern Finland) When assessing the effects of socioeconomic status (SES) on health inequalities or outcomes of care, it is worthwhile to use small-area-based open data instead of individual SES information, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Getting access to individual SES information is often a long and expensive process, requiring many different permits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Strong painkillers increase the risk of hip fracture among persons with Alzheimer's disease
(University of Eastern Finland) People using strong painkillers, opioids, have twice the risk of hip fracture compared to non-opioid users, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The risk was highest in the first two months of opioid use. The results were published in the PAIN journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Slave trade continued in Russia even after the Middle Ages
(University of Eastern Finland) Slave trade collapsed in medieval Western Europe following the emergence of sovereign monarchies, territorial states and their rule of law. In Russia, however, the rule of clans and a different justice system created an economic structure that favoured a diverse body of well-networked merchants. A new book, entitled Slaves from the North, is the first study in the world seeking to explain the development of the Russian economy by influences from economies of the Middle East and Central Asia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inside Health Villages, Finland's multimodal digital push to bring healthcare to the home
Clinician involvement is the key to bringing the three-pronged digital health initiative to life, organizers say. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Sex in a world of fear: Scared rodents produce more offspring
(University of Jyv ä skyl ä - Jyv ä skyl ä n yliopisto) Rodent mothers produce more offspring after smelling odors produced by frightened males. This is reported by a team of biologists from Finland and the Netherlands and bring new information the proximate and ultimate explanations of small mammal behavioral responses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 21, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Screening for colorectal cancer spares male patients from intense treatments
(University of Helsinki) While screening for colorectal cancer did not, so far, reduce mortality, it did reduce the need for chemotherapy and emergency surgeries among male patients, shows a recent Finnish study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 21, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Environmental exposures early in life modify immune responses
(University of Eastern Finland) The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased significantly over the last decades, creating substantial financial and societal burdens. Due to this, researchers are trying to discover new approaches to the prevention and treatment of these diseases. A new PhD thesis from the University of Eastern Finland shows that there is a link between immune responses and diverse early life exposures, such as obstetric factors, farm dust and air pollution. Some changes in immune responses are visible up until adolescence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Combination Bachelor of Nursing Degrees/EMT-Intermediate Certifications Conferred in Austria
The first cohort of students have completed the Bachelor of Nursing Science program at Austria's University of Applied Sciences in St. Pölten. Some students also graduated as Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate. The six-semester program offers a regular Austria Nursing Law Bachelor and an “academic program for prehospital care and nursing,” according to the Austrian Paramedic Law. Related JEMS Article: Austrian University Adds EMS Training to Bachelor of Nursing Degree Nurse paramedics are quite common in European countries such as Spain, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden and Finland. In Austr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christoph Redelsteiner, DrPhDr, MSW, MS, EMT-P Tags: Training News Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Age, sex, and genetic and environmental effects on unintentional injuries in young and adult twins - Salminen S, Vuoksimaa E, Rose RJ, Kaprio J.
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of genetic and environment influences and sex on injury involvement using two sets of Finnish twin data. The younger participants were 955 twins born between 1983 and 1987, aged 20 to 24 years. The older par... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence predicts treatment effectiveness
(University of Eastern Finland) How can a doctor predict the treatment outcome of an individual patient? Traditionally, the effectiveness of medical treatments is studied by randomized trials, but is this really the only reliable way to evaluate treatment effectiveness, or could something be done differently? How can the effectiveness of a treatment method be evaluated in practice? Could some patients benefit from a treatment that does not cause a response in others? A new method developed by Finnish researchers now provides answers to these questions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Team determines how cholesterol moves inside cells
This study may help pave the way for new diagnostic and therapeutic tools for these diseases.AUTHORSDr. Peter Totonoz, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Jaspreet Sandhu, a student in pathology and laboratory medicine, are the study ’s senior author and first author, respectively. Other UCLA-affiliated authors are Xu Xiao, Thomas Weston, Alessandra Ferrari, Jose Orozco, David Strugatsky, Stephen Lee, Cuiwen He, Cynthia Hong, Laurent Bentolila, and Stephen Young. Non-UCLA authors are Shiqian Li, Louise Fairall, Simon Pfisterer , Jennifer Gurnett, Dipti ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 13, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Eye contact with someone makes them less likely to lie to you in a conversation
For the first time, psychologists from Finland studied the effect of eye contact with an interactive game. The researchers suggest people have to put use more effort to lie face-to-face. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Arts research transforms Finnish society
(University of the Arts Helsinki) Could we improve children's learning and wellbeing at school by increasing access to arts activities? Do elderly people living in institutions have the right and the opportunity to play instruments and sing? Can prison theatre help lower reoffending rates? These questions, along with many other, underlie the framework of Finnish research initiative The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality. (ArtsEqual). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hope for millions with sun spots as new cream can remove 80% of the lesions
Officials estimate that around a quarter of people living in the UK have a sun spot. The figure is similar in the US but higher in Australia. Finnish experts tested the new cream on 69 adults. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eye contact reduces lying
(University of Tampere) A new study from the University of Tampere, Finland, found that eye contact can make us act more honestly. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mothers prefer daughters and fathers prefer sons - but the female bias is stronger, study says 
Women would prefer to have daughters and are more likely to invest more in their girl children than in boys, while men (slightly) prefer boys, new US and Finnish research reveals - marking a modern shift. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New study shows that mothers prefer daughters and fathers prefer sons
(University of Turku) Finnish-American research group has studied whether parents' gender preferences and investment in offspring are affected by their status, wealth, education or childhood environment. Instead, parental preferences were best predicted by their sex. These results help to make sense of the often contradictory findings on offspring sex preferences. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NHGRI joins international team to sequence Mongolian genomes
North Asians, including Mongolians and other Siberian ethnic groups, may be more closely related to Eastern and Northern Europeans - including the people of Finland - than previously thought, according to a new genomics study inNature Genetics. The international team of researchers, including those from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), made the connection by comparing the whole-genome sequences of 175 ethnic Mongolians to existing genetic variation data. (Source: NHGRI Homepage Highlights)
Source: NHGRI Homepage Highlights - November 5, 2018 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: news

VTT and Dyadic International presenting excellent results reached in development of a new fungal production platform C1 for vaccines and therapeutic proteins
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) VTT and Dyadic International, Inc. ('Dyadic') (OTCQX: DYAI), today announced that VTT scientists will present the excellent results in their collaboration over the past two years at two international conferences: AAPS PharmSci on November 7th in Washington DC and PEGS Europe on November 14th in Lisbon. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 2, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Novel antibacterial drugs developed at University of Eastern Finland
(University of Eastern Finland) Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland have developed novel antibacterial compounds, focusing on the role of LsrK kinase. LsrK kinase is a protein involved in bacterial communication. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Eating cheese, yoghurt and kefir could protect you from a heart attack
Academics at the University of Eastern Finland studied thousands of participants over a 25-year period to determine how the fermentation process can boost heart health. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fermented dairy products may protect against heart attack
(University of Eastern Finland) Men who eat plenty of fermented dairy products have a smaller risk of incident coronary heart disease than men who eat less of these products, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. A very high consumption of non-fermented dairy products, on the other hand, was associated with an increased risk of incident coronary heart disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers have assembled Eurasian perch genome
(Estonian Research Council) Eurasian perch (Latin name Perca fluviatilis) genome, which is three times smaller than the human genome, yet contains about a billion nucleotides and more than 23,000 genes, discovered Estonian and Finnish scientists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

A new process for full utilization of softwood bark
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) In the Finnish mechanical and chemical forest industry, three million tonnes of softwood bark are produced annually, presently mainly used for energy production. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 25, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Diabetes Linked to Increased Suicide, Alcohol-Related Deaths Diabetes Linked to Increased Suicide, Alcohol-Related Deaths
The findings from a large Finnish study underscore the toll that the chronic condition can take on mental health, especially when insulin treatment is needed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Bayer, Orion drug shown to delay spread of prostate cancer
German drugmaker Bayer and Finland's Orion said on Wednesday a study showed a prostate cancer drug they are jointly developing can delay the spread of the disease to other parts of the body, boosting Orion's shares. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Our Bodies Are Polluted With Plastic, Scientists Warn
VIENNA (CBS Local) — The ocean isn’t the only thing filled with plastic. Our bodies are also polluted with plastic, according to a new study from Austrian scientists. Hundreds of small plastic pieces known as microplastics were found in stool samples of each volunteer who participated in a small pilot study by the Environment Agency Austria and the Medical University of Vienna. “This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected — that plastics ultimately reach the human gut,” lead researcher Dr. Philipp Schwabl said Tuesday. “Of particular concern is what this ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Excess mortality in Finnish diabetic subjects due to alcohol, accidents and suicide: a nationwide study - Niskanen L, Partonen T, Auvinen A, Haukka J.
AIMS: To characterize the burden of external causes of death attributable to alcohol-related causes, accidents and suicide among diabetic patients in a large national cohort. METHODS: The population included diabetic individuals who had purchased a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Finnish Blood Testing Startup Is Going Beyond The Theranos Dream
Finnish blood testing startup Nightingale is looking to solve the global burden of chronic disease. With interest in blood-testing startups growing, I sat down with CEO Teemu Suna to find out how they plan on building personalized healthcare, and how the Theranos fraud case has affected them. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Gemma Milne, Contributor Source Type: news

Breastfeeding May Shield Baby From Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 -- Another study backs up the belief that " breast is best " when it comes to a baby's health. In the report, Finnish researchers say that breastfeeding appears to protect babies from dangerous antibiotic-resistant... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Scottish nursing fosters closer links to Finland with exchange
Two nursing lecturers from Finland have visited Aberdeen this week, in order to help foster closer links with academics from Robert Gordon University ’s school of nursing and midwifery. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Large regional differences in endoscopic sinus surgery in Finland
(University of Helsinki) According to recent research, there are large differences in the frequency of endoscopic sinus surgery performed due to chronic rhinosinusitis between hospital districts in Finland. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Synoste raises $6m for skeletal deformation tech
Medtech firm Synoste has raised $5.8 million (EU €5.1 million) to support its patented skeletal deformation correction tech. Funding came from Lifeline Ventures and AO Invest, the Finnish company said, and raises the total the company has raised to approximately $11.5 million (EU €10 million) so far. “Synoste is exactly the type of company that interests AO Invest; they have created not just a product but a platform that will enable various intelligent solutions from traditional intramedullary nails to flat plates that can be used in the treatment of extremely painful and psychologically debilitating condit...
Source: Mass Device - October 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Orthopedics Synoste Source Type: news