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Norway doctors inject Botox to treat obesity

A team of doctors at Trondheim University Hospital are testing the use of Botox, the anti-wrinkle injection favoured by Hollywood stars, as a treatment for obesity.

Norway doctors inject Botox to treat obesity
A doctor injecting botox/ A wax model of a stomach - Vancouver laser and Skincare Center/Moonjazz (Flickr)
Dr Bård Kulseng, an associate professor at the hospital's Department of Cancer Research, hopes that botox injections could slow down the time it takes the stomach to empty, making patients feel full for longer. 
 
"By prolonging the gastric emptying time, the person would ideally experience increased sensation of satiety, and in the long run reduce food intake," a description of the study uploaded onto ClinicalTrials.gov read.  Clinical Trials is a US government website that gathers together descriptions of clinical trials ongoing around the world. 
 
The study, titled 'Treatment of Morbid Obesity by Intragastric Injections of Botulinum Toxin A' begins this February and is expected to take nearly eight years before completion. 
 
If successful in treating obesity, the doctors hope that the treatment could be used as an alternative to risky surgical procedures.  
 
"If such a treatment provides a clinically significant weight loss, this could be an alternative for surgical procedures, avoiding the risk for perioperative complications as well as complications in the long run," the Clinical Trials entry explained. 
 
Previous pilot trials involving injecting botox into stomach walls have already shown that the injections, which are administered by an endoscopy, are safe for patients. 
 

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday 

Find out what’s going on in Norway on Thursday with The Local’s short roundup of important news.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday 
Oslo Operahus. Photo by Arvid Malde on Unsplash

Strikes could affect vulnerable children 

Municipal strikes among teachers and nurses could impact vulnerable children, the children’s ombudsmen has said. 

“I am concerned about the overall consequences that the strike and the pandemic may have on children and young people. The students bear a disproportionately large part of the burden, which increases each passing day,” Inga Bejer Engh, children’s ombud, told press agency NTB. 

Municipal workers have been on strike since last week when mediation talks between union Unio and municipalities over wage settlements broke down. 

Cases of Delta Covid variant detected in Trondheim

There have been 11 potential cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19, which is believed to have originated in India, in Trondheim, Central Norway. 

“We have done a partial genome sequencing and have identified 11 cases of the Indian variant in Trondheim. We are 99 percent sure that it is the Indian variant we are dealing with,” Chief Physician at St Olav’s Hospital told local news site Nidaros.

According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, there have been 55 cases of the Delta strain detected in Norway. 

On Tuesday, coronavirus measures in Trondheim were tightened for the second time in a week. 

New quarantine hotel rules 

From today, anyone who has received their first coronavirus jab in Norway, at least three weeks before their arrival, and those who have recovered from Covid-19 in the country in the last six months will not be forced into quarantine hotels when they arrive in Norway.

READ MORE: Norway eases Covid hotel quarantine rules

Travellers arriving in Norway who were vaccinated in foreign countries will still have to enter quarantine hotels.

The scheme will be in place until Norway’s full “coronavirus certificate” is released on June 11th.

READ MORE: NEW: Norway to launch full version of digital ‘Covid certificate’ 

Norway to provide poorer countries with 1 million extra Coronavirus vaccines 

Norway has said it will provide an extra one million Covid-19 vaccine doses to low-income countries through the equitable access Covax scheme. 

Led by organisations including UNICEF, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Covax aims to offer equal access to vaccines for all countries. The scheme is primarily funded by wealthy Western countries, with the EU having pledged €500 million as of November 2020.

The Nordic country had previously provided poorer countries with the option to secure 700,000 vaccine doses through the scheme. 

READ MORE: Why Norway turned down the chance to order nearly 700,000 Covid-19 vaccines

353 new Covid-19 cases in Norway 

On Wednesday, 353 new cases of coronavirus were registered in Norway. This is eight cases more than the seven-day average of 345. 

In the capital, Oslo, 128 new Covid cases were registered in the city. Cases have risen sharply in recent days and yesterday’s figures represent an increase of 69 on the seven-day average. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 1.0. This means that every ten people that are infected will, on average, only infect another ten people, indicating that the infection level is stable.

Number of reported Covid-19 cases. Source: NIPH
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