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IGS News June 2015
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One of the babies in the Indian study receives its Vitamin A dose.

Changes in children's hospitalisation experience

In a study published in BMC Nursing, researchers Else Mari R. Ekra (picture) and Eva Gjengedal investigated how physical and social environments influence children’s experiences of being ill and hospitalised. They show that children both past and present encounter an unfamiliar and challenging environment and have to adapt to a new life and new environment. However, today the hospitalizations to a greater extent reveal that children changed through recognition and adaptation. Read more here. 
One of the babies in the Indian study receives its Vitamin A dose.

Vitamin D intake and MS risk: Is timing important?

Vitamin D, consumed via oily fish or cod liver oil supplements, may lower the risk of adult-onset multiple sclerosis (MS). The levels of vitamin D circulating in our blood are influenced by sun exposure and diet. This study, led by PhD candidate Marianna Cortese (picture) from the Lifestyle Epidemiology group, investigated different life periods to determine whether the timing of supplementation had different effects on the risk of developing adult-onset MS. Adolescence seems to be a particularly susceptible life period for such vitamin D-based risk reduction. Read more here.

Give and take in sick leave negotiations

Norway has higher levels of sick leave than other OECD countries. The government is thus concerned, and initiatives are being introduced to try to control the situation. Presently General Practitioners (GPs) are responsible for providing the medical premises for sick leave. GPs, themselves, report that it is challenging and sometimes frustrating to make decisions regarding patients with subjective health complaints. They also expressed a need for support and collaboration with the other stakeholders, such as the employer, social security services and of course the patient. Read more here.
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Girls from Zambia teach other youth about their right to education. Photo: Jessica Lea/DFID (Flickr, CC license)

CISMAC study receives GLOBVAC funding

A team of Norwegian and Zambian researchers, led by associate professor Ingvild Sandøy, has been awarded GLOBVAC funding. Their study will take place in Zambia, and examine links between adolescent pregnancies and different approaches to empower young Zambian girls.
In the study, economic support for education to girls and families will be provided, youth club meetings with a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education curriculum will be set up, and dialogue-based community and parent meetings will be organized. The researchers then aim to measure the impact of these initiatives on adolescent childbearing and marriage rates. Read more here.

Staff and personnel news

We want to welcome Susanne Meidell (picture) to the administration as Executive Officer in our reception in Kalfarveien 31. Susanne has been working in our reception over half a year now through a recruitment agency, so many of you know her. We are happy to have her at IGS until October when she goes on maternity leave.

 New Doctors

12 June Robert Burman defended his thesis: “Chest pain out-of-hours. Prospective studies on diagnostics and management in out-of-hours emergency primary health care in Norway
12 June Kristin Adriansen defended her thesis: “Et kvinneyrke tar form. Sykepleie i Rogaland 1870-1970
17 June Bente Vederhus defended her thesis: “Health-Related Quality of Life: emotional and behavioural difficulties and perception of pain after extreme preterm birth — a population-based longitudinal cohort study
19 June Nina Rydland Olsen defended her thesis: “Evidence-based practice in physiotherapy education: Challenges for integration in clinical education
25 June Yaliso Balla defended his thesis: “Maternal and neonatal mortality in rural south Ethiopia: Comparing mortality measurements and assessing obstetric care

Calendar:
 

Aug 5: Deadline: Call for applications - The Olav Thon Foundation - Support for Nordic research projects in medicine 2016. The internal deadline at The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, UiB is 5th of August. More information here.
Sept 12  Alumnusdagen UiB 2015 - Info, program og påmelding her!
Autumn 2015 Norwegian language courses for UiB employees – info & application here.
 

Current funding announcements:

RCN, National Research Schools, Horizon2020 and relevant seminars and conferences. Read more here (PDF)

See the full calendar here. 
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