• At least 100 children hospitalised for food poisoning in Central Finland

    According to a report by Yle, at least a hundred children have been hospitalised after they contracted diarrhea from food contaminated with salmonella in Central Finland. The trend, which is especially common in small children, has become increasingly frequent since last week. 

    A majority of the cases are from the city of Jyväskylä; however, the children’s unit of the Central Finland Healthcare District has been treating patients with symptoms of salmonella infection from various parts of the region. 

  • Finnish researchers uncover effects of smoking on DNA of unborn children

    RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OULU, in collaboration with scientists from Imperial College London, has determined that smoking during pregnancy can irreversibly alter foetal DNA, in one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted into the topic.

    Researchers gathered data from over 18,000 subjects in a number of countries, including the UK and the US, exploring the effects of tobacco smoking on mothers and children both before and after pregnancy.

  • New icebreakers, sniffer dog success and a COVID opera: Finland in the world press

    A new collaborative project between Finland and Sweden made international news this week. The two countries are working together to develop a new kind of icebreaker—a ship designed specifically for navigating through ice. 

    The new generation of icebreakers must fulfill the requirements of the shipping industry while also being more sustainable and eco-friendly in keeping with the latest standards.

  • Smoking inequalities and student depression: Today’s news roundup

    Multiple newspaperscarried stories about the declining mental health of high school and university students precipitated by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

    A new study that highlights socioeconomic differences in smoking in Finland also received substantial attention.