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Sunrise, Sunset: Ancient Rhythms Still Dictate Human Life
TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 -- Humankind long ago conquered the darkness with the invention of artificial light. But new research shows that, by and large, the sun's daily cycle still dictates people's activity. Finnish researchers say most people still... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 21, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Popit reminds you to take your birth control pill
Finland-based company Popit Ltd has created a new device that clips onto your birth control pack and sends an alert to your smartphone if you have forgotten to take your daily pill. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VTT develops disposable optical test substrate for detecting harmful microbes
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Harmful microbes and toxic micromolecules in food and drinking water can cause serious health problems around the world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Benzodiazepines increase mortality in persons with Alzheimer's disease
(University of Eastern Finland) Benzodiazepine and related drug use is associated with a 40 percent increase in mortality among persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Brain astrocytes linked to Alzheimer's disease
(University of Eastern Finland) Astrocytes, the supporting cells of the brain, could play a significant role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. This is the first time researchers discovered a direct association between astrocytes and AD. Published in Stem Cell Reports, the study investigated the brain cell function of familial AD patients by using stem cell technologies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Effects of low-level laser irradiation on the rate of orthodontic tooth movement and associated pain with self-ligating brackets
ConclusionsLow-level laser irradiation applied at 3-week intervals can accelerate orthodontic tooth movement and reduce the pain associated with it. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 15, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Clarivate Analytics names the world ’s most impactful scientific researchers with the release of the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers List
Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, today released its publication of its annual Highly Cited Researchers list.  The citation analysis identifies the most frequently cited researchers as determined by the extent to which their papers have supported, influenced, inspired and challenged other researchers around the globe. It identifies authors who have consistently won peer approval from international researchers in the form of high citation counts. For more than two decades the Web of Science has served as the basis for regula...
Source: News from STM - November 15, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured World Source Type: news

Parents: Keep at it! Study shows parental support has more influence on well-being from primary school through college than previously thought
(Natural News) Parenting doesn’t end at providing a roof over your children’s heads and giving them an education. Based on a recent study, parenting can also help influence the well-being of adolescents all the way to university. The study, which was made possible with funding from the Academy of Finland, revealed that parental support for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Voice impersonators can fool speaker recognition systems
(University of Eastern Finland) Skilful voice impersonators are able to fool state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems, as these systems generally aren't efficient yet in recognising voice modifications, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. The vulnerability of speaker recognition systems poses significant security concerns. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

EU border control is becoming harmonized and automated
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Security risks and efficiency pressures at the EU's external borders are being highlighted as the number of passengers rises. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mortality and health-related habits in 900 Finnish former elite athletes and their brothers - Kontro TK, Sarna S, Kaprio J, Kujala UM.
BACKGROUND: There is conflicting evidence on the associations between participation in vigorous sports, health habits, familial factors and subsequent mortality. We investigated all-cause mortality and health-related behaviour among former elite athletes a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

VTT's solution enables compact devices for telecommunications and security camera applications at even higher frequencies
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new manufacturing technology for the integration of very high-frequency terahertz systems. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Too fat to FLY? Airlines to begin weighing passengers (and charging accordingly)
(Natural News) The global obesity epidemic, which is especially critical in Western societies, is causing ripple effects in industries outside of traditional medicine as they struggle — literally — to accommodate people who are straining the system, so to speak. One of the affected industries is transportation and, in particular, air transport. One Finnish airline... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Conservation Agriculture: Zambia ’s Double-edged Sword against Climate Change and Hunger
Minimum tillage (ripping) in Kasiya Camp, Zambia. Credit: Crissy Mupuchi/DAPPBy Friday PhiriPEMBA, Zambia, Nov 7 2017 (IPS)As governments gather in Bonn, Germany for the next two weeks to hammer out a blueprint for implementation of the global climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, a major focus will be on emissions reductions to keep the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C by 2020.While achieving this goal requires serious mitigation ambitions, developing country parties such as Zambia have also been emphasising adaptation as enshrined in Article 2 (b) of the Paris Agreement: Increasing the a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Projects TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation conservatio Source Type: news

New publication explores the ethics of storytelling in different art forms
(University of Turku) Stories have power, in both good and bad. According to Professor of Comparative Literature Hanna Meretoja from the University of Turku, Finland, some cultural practices of storytelling are connected to repressive mechanisms of power, while other practices are empowering. Professor Meretoja and Professor of French and Comparative Literature Colin Davis from Royal Holloway (University of London, England) have edited the publication Storytelling and Ethics which examines the ethical potential and risks of different storytelling practices, with focus on storytelling in relation to traumatic experiences. (...
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Integrated technologies to recover metal and plastic from electronic waste
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new electronic waste recycling concept that combines a range of technologies and reduces waste. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 2, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

VTT to develop new enzymes found in India's wildfire-prone areas for biorefineries
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone rainforests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 2, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Nutrient drink for Alzheimer's has disappointing result in trial
Conclusion This trial provides valuable evidence about the effects of a nutrient drink, Souvenaid, on memory in individuals with early signs that they may develop Alzheimer's disease. Importantly, the researchers found no significant effect on the main outcome their study looked at (memory). They did find less brain shrinkage and slightly better cognitive scores in the experimental group, but this still didn't lead to any reduction in the number who were diagnosed with dementia by the end of the study. This trial therefore provides no evidence that Souvenaid/Fortasyn Connect can help to prevent or slow Alzheimer's developi...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Source Type: news

VTT-originated Spectral Engines develops a portable drug screening device for police officers
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Spectral Engines, a growth company that originated at VTT, is about to launch a portable drug screening device police patrols can use for rapid and cost-efficient on-site screening of suspected drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

VTT's EUR 3 million investment accelerates the development of new kinds of fibre products
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Cellulose and other fibres are future materials that can replace many plastic and mineral-based materials in the industrial sector. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 30, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

HIIT alters brain glucose metabolism in insulin resistant people
(University of Turku) Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland, studied how high-intensity interval training (HIIT) alters the brain's glucose metabolism in physically inactive insulin resistant people. Only two weeks of HIIT training reduced glucose metabolism in all areas of the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence to Evaluate Brain Maturity of Preterm Infants
Researchers at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital (HUH), Finland, have developed software based on machine learning, which can independently interpret EEG signals from a premature infant and generate an estimate of the brain's functional maturity. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the method is the first EEG-based brain maturity evaluation system in the world. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 26, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Physical limitations, walkability, perceived environmental facilitators and physical activity of older adults in Finland - Portegijs E, Keskinen KE, Tsai LT, Rantanen T, Rantakokko M.
The aim was to study objectively assessed walkability of the environment and participant perceived environmental facilitators for outdoor mobility as predictors of physical activity in older adults with and without physical limitations. 75-90-year-old adul... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Biometeorological assessment of mortality related to extreme temperatures in Helsinki Region, Finland, 1972-2014 - Ruuhela R, Jylh ä K, Lanki T, Tiittanen P, Matzarakis A.
Climate change is expected to increase heat-related and decrease cold-related mortality. The extent of acclimatization of the population to gradually-changing thermal conditions is not well understood. We aimed to define the relationship between mortality ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

What is Usher Syndrome?
Discussion Over 7000 diseases are considered rare disorders according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders® (NORD, rarediseases.org). NORD is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. They have information on about 1200 rare diseases on their website (https://rarediseases.org/for-patients-and-families/information-resources/rare-disease-information/). Hearing loss (HL) is not rare and is a common problem across the ages. It affects 360 million people worldwide which is about 5% of the population. There are many causes of hearing loss an...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Social determinants of drug-related mortality in a general population - R önkä S, Karjalainen K, Martikainen P, Makela P.
BACKGROUND: We investigated the association between social determinants and a broad selection of drug-related deaths in a general population. METHODS: We conducted a follow-up of an 11% random sample of working-age Finnish residents for 1996-2007 l... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

'Crime or not?' - police officers' perceptions of disciplinary violence, its criminalisation and its investigation - Heinonen A, Ellonen N.
Disciplinary violence against children is banned by law in Finland. According to the Finnish Criminal Code, acts of disciplinary violence fall under the category of assault. In most cases, disciplinary violence fulfils at least the essential elements of pe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Social determinants of drug-related mortality in a general population - R önkä S, Karjalainen K, Martikainen P, Makela P.
BACKGROUND: We investigated the association between social determinants and a broad selection of drug-related deaths in a general population. METHODS: We conducted a follow-up of an 11% random sample of working-age Finnish residents for 1996-2007 l... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Parents have an even greater impact on the well-being off young people than expected
(Academy of Finland) According to a recent study, parental support for the autonomy of young people promotes the well-being of the latter in all major educational transitions: from primary to lower secondary school, from basic education to upper secondary school, and from upper secondary school to university. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks review – an agility of enthusiasms
These posthumously published essays range from psychiatry to plagiarism to near-death experiencesOne March in the mid 1990s I checked into a cheap hotel in Helsinki. I dropped my bag on the floor and, wondering what Finnish daytime television was like, switched on the TV. A darkened room with a dining table came into focus, and around it were six people having a conversation. To my surprise, all were speaking English, then a face I knew filled the screen – it wasOliver Sacks. Then another,Stephen Jay Gould, and another,Daniel Dennett. I had books by all three. It was snowing outside, and Helsinki seemed suddenly less...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Gavin Francis Tags: Science and nature Essays Books Culture Psychology Neuroscience Oliver Sacks Source Type: news

Child's Age a Key Factor for Accurate ADHD Diagnosis Child's Age a Key Factor for Accurate ADHD Diagnosis
A Finnish study confirms a'relative age effect'in the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), raising concern that ADHD may be overdiagnosed or misdiagnosed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 12, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Scientists discover novel mechanism that protects mitochondrial DNA
(University of Eastern Finland) Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland have discovered a novel mechanism safeguarding mitochondrial DNA. A central part of the protective mechanism is an unusual enzyme, PrimPol, which can re-initiate mitochondrial DNA replication after damage. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

VTT-led European project aims for a healthier environment
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) VTT is coordinating an European project called ESTABLISH, which aims to provide a healthier and safer environment thereby improving the quality of life. The project includes a pilot experiment in Finland, which will be carried out in schools. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New type of diabetes caused by a genetic mutation
(Universit é libre de Bruxelles) Scientists from the ULB Center for Diabetes Research and the Erasmus Hospital of the ULB, together with colleagues at the University of Exeter (UK), University of Helsinki (Finland) and Kyoto University (Japan), have identified a new type of diabetes caused by a mutation in the gene RFX6. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 12, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Middle-age metabolism slowdown: Up your physical activity to avoid a flabby middle, which leads to inflammation (the root of many chronic conditions)
(Natural News) Researchers from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland are studying the relationship between a person’s daily step count and changes in their body mass index (BMI). It was observed that those who had increased their daily step count by more than 2,000 steps had the same BMI level even after several years. Conversely,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Youngest children in school year 'more likely' to get ADHD diagnosis
Conclusion Previous studies have provided mixed findings on whether age in the school year is linked with ADHD. This new study benefits from its use of a large quantity of data. It found some interesting trends, and suggests younger children in any given school year are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. This finding seems plausible. You can imagine that younger children may find it harder to keep up in a class with those almost a year older than themselves and may therefore get distracted more easily. However, it is unclear how well these trends apply to the UK population for several reasons: In Finland the school yea...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?
Frequent bathers reaped the most benefits in Finnish study (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?
MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 -- Frequent sauna bathers might be boosting their heart health as they sweat, new research suggests. Studying more than 1,600 middle-aged men in Finland, researchers found that those who took sauna baths four to seven times a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 9, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

How to Parent Like a Scandinavian
When I became a mom in the U.S., the parenting experience was nothing like I had expected. The playgrounds, which I thought would be teeming with children, were often deserted. Most young children seemed to be either glued to a screen at home or being drilled with academics at preschool. When I went outside for daily walks with my baby in the winter, people took pity on us and offered me rides. Meanwhile in my native Sweden, kids gear up to go outside every day, regardless of the weather, both at home and at preschool. Forget flash cards, wall words and kindergarten readiness — Scandinavian parents are keener to have...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Åkeson McGurk Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Parenting Source Type: news

The Surprising Health Benefits of Saunas
Spending time in the sauna may help lower your chances of developing high blood pressure, say the authors of a recent study in the American Journal of Hypertension. Finnish men in the study who used the sauna four to seven times a week for about 19 minutes each time cut their risk of high blood pressure nearly in half, compared to those who visited just once a week. The study authors, from the University of Eastern Finland, published research in 2015 linking sauna bathing with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and sudden cardiac events. Now, they say, they may have one potential explanation for those earl...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized are saunas good for your health Blood Pressure healthytime Heart Disease how to lower blood pressure naturally hypertension Research steam room stress relief Source Type: news

De-escalation techniques used, and reasons for seclusion and restraint, in a forensic psychiatric hospital - Kuivalainen S, Vehvil äinen-Julkunen K, Louheranta O, Putkonen A, Repo-Tiihonen E, Tiihonen J.
In Finland, the Mental Health Act determines the legal basis for seclusion and restraint. Restrictive measures are implemented to manage challenging situations and should be used as a last resort in psychiatric inpatient care. In the present study, we exam... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Saunas May Be Good for Blood Pressure
A Finnish study suggests that regular sauna visits can reduce the risk for high blood pressure. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Blood Pressure Saunas and Sweat Lodges Hypertension Source Type: news

Reducing bullying the Finnish way -- in the United States
(Children's National Health System) A Finnish program transplanted to the United States accomplished its goals of significantly reducing bullying and victimization, but its success hinged on the instructional 'dose' students received, says Marissa Smith, Ph.D. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Finnish researchers discover what is on the menu for dragonflies
(University of Turku) Researchers from the Universities of Turku and Helsinki, Finland, are the first in the world to discover which species adult dragonflies and damselflies prey upon, as modern laboratory techniques enabled the study of the insects' diet. In the study, prey DNA was extracted from the tiny dragonfly droppings and the researchers managed to identify dozens of prey species from the samples. The results shed light on dragonflies' position in natural food webs with an unprecedented specificity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 3, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Regular sauna use could slash men's hypertension risk
The risk of high blood pressure may be up to 46 percent lower for men who use a sauna at least twice weekly, a Finnish study suggests. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hypertension Source Type: news

Want to lower your blood pressure? Go to a sauna
The risk of having high blood pressure was decreased by 24 per cent among men who went to the sauna two to three times a week, University of Eastern Finland researchers discovered. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Frequent sauna bathing keeps blood pressure in check
(University of Eastern Finland) Frequent sauna bathing reduces the risk of elevated blood pressure, according to an extensive follow-up population-based study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. The risk of developing elevated blood pressure was nearly 50 percent lower among men who had a sauna 4-7 times a week compared to men who had a sauna only once a week. These findings were published recently in the American Journal of Hypertension. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Baby boxes to be rolled out across Cheshire and Merseyside
All new mothers living in Cheshire and Merseyside are to receive a free Finnish-style “baby box” from 25 September, following a successful pilot in Halton. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news