Entries by Jo Inge Myhre, MD

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

The immune system – A struggle for survival

This year's flu season is coming to an end, and the sound of people sneezing and coughing is common during the winter months. Some will have stayed clear of this year's flu due to taking vaccine last fall, while others have needed antibiotics to provide some additional aid to the body's own defence agains disease, the immune system.

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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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More about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance can rapidly become abstract terms, and it can seem a little strange that medicines I get from my family doctor can have an impact that goes beyond hopefully (but probably not) making me better quickly. What’s the connection between my cold and future ‘superbugs’? Let’s get one thing clear from the start: it’s the bacteria that develop resistance, not us. The word ‘resistance’ comes from the Latin resistere, meaning to withstand or oppose. So just as we use antibiotics to withstand bacteria, the bacteria develop defence mechanisms (there are several types) against the antibiotic. Some bacteria may also exchange these ‘defence secrets’ among themselves.
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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 […]

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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