Ambulance in front of the Peijas Hospital emergency clinic in the Vantaa and Kerava welfare area, in Vantaa, on January 2, 2023. LEHTIKUVA

Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) has recently faced a shortage of staff, resulting in the postponement of pre-planned orthopedic surgeries at Siltasairaala. Currently, the operating room resources are being used to attend to emergency trauma and neurosurgery patients. Despite this setback, orthopedic surgeries are continuing as usual at other HUS hospitals, such as Peijaksen, Lohjan, Hyvinkää, and Porvoon.

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A cyclist at the Oittaa outdoor area in Espoo on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024. LEHTIKUVA

A recent study conducted by the National PET Centre and the UKK Institute suggests that even light physical activity is associated with better metabolic flexibility in sedentary, overweight adults at risk of diabetes. Conversely, prolonged sitting may impair the efficient utilization of nutrients.

Lifestyle habits influence fat and sugar metabolism. Limited movement and excessive sitting often lead to reduced metabolism and energy expenditure, resulting in weight gain if energy intake exceeds expenditure.

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A recent study conducted by the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry at the University of Turku has highlighted a significant increase in anxiety symptoms among young people. By comparing extensive population-level surveys of the psychosocial well-being of children aged 8-9 and adolescents aged 13-16 before and after the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers observed not only a noticeable rise in anxiety and difficulties but also a dramatic escalation particularly among girls in a relatively short period.

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A study by the University of Turku has revealed that changes in physical activity around the time of retirement significantly impact weight and blood cholesterol levels. The Finnish Retirement and Aging (FIREA) study utilized wearable motion sensors to track physical activity changes as workers transitioned from employment to retirement and examined the health effects of these changes.

The research found that a majority of retirees experienced a decrease in physical activity, replaced by more sleep and sedentary behavior.

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"I understand from experience how important it is to get support when you're in a really bad place. I want to encourage people to dare to ask for help, because there's nothing embarrassing or shameful about it," says Samu Haber, the face of this year's Peace of Mind campaign. Photo: Janita Autio

The annual Peace of Mind campaign, now in its seventh year, is set to unfold in 2024, underlining the universal need for comfort during challenging times. With the theme centered around consolation, the campaign aims to spark conversations about mental health and raise funds for mental health work and crisis intervention in Finland, acknowledging the increased demand for such services amidst global crises and economic instability.

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In Finland, the length of waiting lists for eye healthcare services has reached alarming proportions, with nearly 29,000 individuals awaiting treatment. This situation has underscored a significant challenge within the Finnish healthcare system, particularly in addressing non-urgent specialized medical care, which, by law, should commence no later than six months after the need for care has been identified.

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The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare's annual report for 2023 has shed light on a disturbing trend affecting Finland's youngest generation. Over 20,000 children and teenagers reached out for help through the League's phone, chat, and online letter services, revealing a troubling pattern of mental abuse inflicted by adults. Nearly one-fifth of these communications were centered around mental health concerns, frequently linked to familial strife and maltreatment experiences, underscoring the need for holistic family support rather than focusing solely on the symptoms of the youth.

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In Finland, birch is the most common cause of pollen allergy. 80 - 90% of those allergic to birch also experience symptoms from alder and hazel pollen. Photo: Satu Karmavalo, STUDIO KOO photography, Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation

In Finland, addressing pollen allergies in children is seen as a crucial step toward reducing the incidence of asthma and subsequently healthcare costs, emphasized by the Allergy, Skin, and Asthma Federation during Allergy Week, March 18–24. Poorly managed pollen allergies significantly increase the likelihood of developing asthma, especially in children, adolescents, and young adults. Effective treatment of pollen allergies in healthcare could lead to a decrease in asthma cases and, consequently, a reduction in societal healthcare expenditures.

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A recent study based on national registry data has revealed a significant increase in the annual number of memory disease diagnoses in Finland, far exceeding previous estimates. According to the new findings, approximately 23,000 Finns are diagnosed with memory-related diseases each year, a notable rise from the previously estimated 14,500 annual cases.

In 2021, Finland recorded around 151,000 individuals living with a diagnosed memory disease, predominantly among those aged 85 and older.

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A comprehensive study conducted in Finland has shed light on the heightened risk of suicide among patients suffering from depression in the days immediately following their discharge from psychiatric hospital care. According to research by the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) and the University of Helsinki, the risk of suicide for these patients peaks in the first three days post-discharge, being 330 times higher compared to the general population.

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A recent study conducted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health reveals a concerning trend in workplace stress factors. According to the occupational safety and health panel survey conducted in November 2023, a significant increase in stress due to constant work interruptions, excessive workload, and the need for constant availability has been reported among Finnish employees. The survey, which revisited the theme of psychosocial factors and their management from a 2016 study, indicates a growing psychosocial burden on workers.

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