Iceland

Publication Title: 
Nature Genetics

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is a major cause of pain and disability in the elderly. To search for sequence variants that confer risk of osteoarthritis of the hand, we carried out a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in subjects with severe hand osteoarthritis, using variants identified through the whole-genome sequencing of 2,230 Icelanders.

Author(s): 
Styrkarsdottir, Unnur
Thorleifsson, Gudmar
Helgadottir, Hafdis T.
Bomer, Nils
Metrustry, Sarah
Bierma-Zeinstra, S.
Strijbosch, Annelieke M.
Evangelou, Evangelos
Hart, Deborah
Beekman, Marian
Jonasdottir, Aslaug
Sigurdsson, Asgeir
Eiriksson, Finnur F.
Thorsteinsdottir, Margret
Frigge, Michael L.
Kong, Augustine
Gudjonsson, Sigurjon A.
Magnusson, Olafur T.
Masson, Gisli
TREAT-OA Consortium
arcOGEN Consortium
Hofman, Albert
Arden, Nigel K.
Ingvarsson, Thorvaldur
Lohmander, Stefan
Kloppenburg, Margreet
Rivadeneira, Fernando
Nelissen, Rob G. H. H.
Spector, Tim
Uitterlinden, Andre
Slagboom, P. Eline
Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur
Jonsdottir, Ingileif
Valdes, Ana M.
Meulenbelt, Ingrid
van Meurs, Joyce
Jonsson, Helgi
Stefansson, Kari
Publication Title: 
Nursing Inquiry

This paper describes the influence of foreign nurses upon the development of modern healthcare services and the nursing profession in Iceland in the first three decades of the twentieth century. It represents a case study of how new ideas, traditions and practices migrated between countries and cultures in the twentieth century. Icelandic society was, at that time, still premodern in many ways. Healthcare institutions were almost nonexistent and the means of production were undeveloped. It was into this context that the idea of nursing as a professional activity was introduced.

Author(s): 
BjˆrnsdÛttir, Kristin
Malchau, Susanne
Publication Title: 
Developmental Psychology

The study compares sociomoral reasoning of children and adolescents in Iceland, longitudinally assessed at ages 7, 9, 12, and 15 years (N = 97), and in China, cross-sectionally assessed at corresponding ages (N = 350). Participants reasoned about choices, motives, and moral justifications of a protagonist in a sociomoral dilemma. The dilemma allows persons to focus on different concerns (e.g., promise keeping or close friendship vs. self-interest or altruism toward a 3rd person).

Author(s): 
Keller, M.
Edelstein, W.
Schmid, C.
Fang, F. X.
Fang, G.
Publication Title: 
European journal of human genetics: EJHG

In the debate on biobank regulation, arguments often draw upon findings in surveys on public attitudes. However, surveys on willingness to participate in research may not always predict actual participation rates. We compared hypothetical willingness as estimated in 11 surveys conducted in Sweden, Iceland, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States and Singapore to factual participation rates in 12 biobank studies. Studies were matched by country and approximate time frame.

Author(s): 
Johnsson, Linus
Helgesson, Gert
Rafnar, Thorunn
Halldorsdottir, Ingibjorg
Chia, Kee-Seng
Eriksson, Stefan
Hansson, Mats G.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery

Complementary therapists take a more holistic view of inferitility treatment than do allopathic health professionals. Lifestyle and nutritional factors may be considered and possibly changed, and psychological and emotional problems such as stress will be treated. Hormonal imbalance in both sexes may be treated with Chinese herbal mixtures such as Hachimijiogan, herbs such as Vitex agnus-castus, or a blend of essential oils designed to treat amenorrhoea or scanty/irregular periods.

Author(s): 
Veal, L.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

BACKGROUND: The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for 6 mo after birth. However, the time at which breast milk ceases to provide adequate energy and nutrition, requiring the introduction of complementary foods, remains unclear. Most studies that investigated this issue were observational and potentially confounded by variability in social circumstances or infant growth. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that EBF infants would consume more breast milk at age 6 mo than infants receiving breast milk and complementary foods.

Author(s): 
Wells, Jonathan C. K.
Jonsdottir, Olof H.
Hibberd, Patricia L.
Fewtrell, Mary S.
Thorsdottir, Inga
Eaton, Simon
Lucas, Alan
Gunnlaugsson, Geir
Kleinman, Ronald E.
Publication Title: 
Pediatrics

OBJECTIVE: To increase knowledge on iron status and growth during the first 6 months of life. We hypothesized that iron status would be better in infants who received complementary foods in addition to breast milk compared with those exclusively breastfed. METHODS: One hundred nineteen healthy term (≥37 weeks) singleton infants were randomly assigned to receive either complementary foods in addition to breast milk from age 4 months (CF) or to exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months (EBF).

Author(s): 
Jonsdottir, Olof H.
Thorsdottir, Inga
Hibberd, Patricia L.
Fewtrell, Mary S.
Wells, Jonathan C.
Palsson, Gestur I.
Lucas, Alan
Gunnlaugsson, Geir
Kleinman, Ronald E.
Publication Title: 
Dansk Medicinhistorisk Årbog

Homeopathy was taken up by a vicar in Northern Iceland around 1850 and was very well received right from the beginning. Soon other lay-men and folk-healers took up homeopathy, either partly or entirely, and their practice expanded quickly. Hydropathy was brought to the country at about the same time as homeopathy, but it was brought by a physician, Jón Hjatalín, who became Director General of Public Health in Iceland in 1855. He introduced the method to other physicians by his teachings and to the public in his writings.

Author(s): 
Pétursdóttir, Sigrídur Svana
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