TV on the countryside. 100 more policemen. Risk for narcolepsy highest in western Sweden.
TV on the countryside
Swedes who live outside major cities watch more television than urbanites, according to a new study. And it is in Kalmar on the southeast coast near the Baltic Sea, a city with a population of 35,170, that TV-watching is at its very peak. Folks in Kalmar watch 150 minutes per day; in Västra Götaland, on the western coast, people watch 134 minutes of television per day; in Skåne, the southernmost province of Sweden, they watch 128 minutes per day; and, in Stockholm 124 minutes.
100 more policemen
The Swedish National Police Academy (Polishögskolan) is expanding its education program with 100 more spots for the 2012 spring semester. 75 of these will be placed in Växjö, in the province of Småland, where the Police Academy celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Risk for narcolepsy highest in western Sweden
In Halland and Västra Götaland, children and young people who were vaccinated against the swine flu are 20 times more likely to contract narcolepsy than those who were not vaccinated. In the rest of the country, the risk for the sleep disorder among young people vaccinated against the swine flu is 7 times higher than among those who were not vaccinated. “We don’t know the reason for this,” says Pediatric Neurologist Tove Hallböök, who is also one of the researchers behind the study.
How much TV do you watch? It depends on where you live. In Sweden, country bumpkins watch more than city slickers. And in the world? People in the U.S. and the United Kingdom tie for first place with 28 hours of TV-watching per week, after which comes Italy with 27 hours, followed by Ireland and France with 23 hours. Sweden is in the 11th spot with 18 hours a week. According to Nation Master.
Children and young people who were vaccinated against the swine flu are more likely to contract narcolepsy than those who were not vaccinated. Narcolepsy, or dyssomnia, is a chronic sleep disorder, characterized by an excessive urge to sleep at inappropriate times, such as while at school.