Entries by Jo Inge Myhre, MD

Lyme disease – you catch it from ticks

The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus), also known as sheep tick or deer tick, is an arachnid in the mite family (so not an insect) which has become familiar to an ever-greater number of people in Northern Europe as the winters have become increasingly mild. It lives by sucking blood from animals and birds (as well as humans) and it is notorious for its ability to spread a number of diseases, with borreliosis/Lyme disease being the best known. Read More

Inflammation – for the most part a good thing

The immune system is complex, consisting of multiple components. One of these components is the inflammation. Inflammation, that sometimes is used synonymously with infection, is something that most of us have experienced at some point. Inflammation  is in itself complex, but the multiple components share a common goal - to respond to any kind of tissue injury. Inflammation is helping out controlling the damage and initiate healing. Inflammation is in a way one mean the body use to keep us healthy. In some cases, the inflammation itself might be what’s causing the problems. Read More

Stroke – every minute counts!

The global burden of disease is in constant flux. Just a few years ago, infectious diseases accounted for the majority of deaths globally but this trend has been reversed in recent years, with most deaths now being caused by non-infectious diseases. Much of the blame is assigned to lifestyle changes and the growing number of smokers. Something the two diseases that claim the most lives each year worldwide – heart disease and stroke – have in common is that they primarily affect the blood vessels in the body. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at stroke.
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The nuisance of holiday tummy

The summer is over, and autumn is on the doorstep. In the previous blog post, we provided a few general tips for a trouble-free holiday. But however diligent you are about following precautions, you can still be unlucky enough to get sick. If there is one type of illness that is readily associated with both bad luck and holidays, it’s food poisoning/the trots/’Delhi belly’. (We have many names for those we love – or don’t, in this case.)
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Stay healthy while on holiday

Summer is finally here (in the Northern hemisphere at least) and people will go far and near to relax or experience a new adventure. If you are away from home, at least if you are visiting a foreign country it can be a smart thing to take some precautions, because you never know what is gonna happen. WMC have collected some tips  to help you in your holiday planning. Lists like these will never be complete, but hopefully you will find it helpful.
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On antibiotics and antibiotic resistance II

Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance can very quickly become abstract concepts, and it may seem strange that medications that I am getting might carry more significance then actually getting me better. What is the connection between my  common cold and future superbacteria? To clarify; It is the bacteria that develop resistance, not us as individuals. Resistance […]

25. April World Malaria Day

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The UN marks today 25. April as World Malaria Day. The purpose is to raise awareness about a disease that can be treated and prevented to some extent, but which nearly kills 500,000 people annually. In Norway, there are between 30 and 100 cases of malaria per year. Common to these are that they are infected abroad. So should you travel to tropical or subtropical areas, it is therefore important to investigate whether or not to take any additional precautions.

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What is antibiotic and antibiotic-resistance?

One case that has been widely publicized in recent times has been the ever-increasing use of antibiotics and the fear of so-called antibiotic resistance. But what is it talking about. Who is becoming resistant to antibiotics? Is it us who are administered the antibiotics or the bacterium itself. And why is it that sometimes we […]

What is really blood thinning medicine?

Millions of people world wide are use blood thinning agents on a daily basis in order to treat a disease or prevent one.  These are vital medications for those who use them, but they are not to be underestimated. So what is it that they really do? As the name suggests, they affect our blood in a way that makes it less "sticky" and not in fact thinner.
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