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Overweight or obese women with the mentality that they are "eating for two" are more likely to experience excessive weight gain while pregnant, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.


There is a well-documented association between depression and type 2 diabetes that impacts on patients’ control of their diabetes. A new study from researchers in Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston and Yeshiva University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York, suggests that specialised cognitive behavioural therapy for these patients significantly improves their diabetes management. This leads to reductions in bloodglucose levels, as well as improving their depression more quickly.


A new study suggests that action video games might improve literacy skills in those with dyslexia. Dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder, occurs when there is a problem in certain areas of the brain involved in interpreting language. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, representing five to 10 percent of the population.


John Mayer, the University of New Hampshire psychologist and internationally recognized researcher who co-developed the groundbreaking theory of emotional intelligence, now introduces another paradigm-shifting idea: in order to become our best selves, we use an even broader intelligence—personal intelligence—to understand our own personality and the personalities of the people around us.


A new study of patients with bipolar disorder finds that 36 percent of those who were admitted to a Rhode Island psychiatric hospital  in 2010 were receiving “complex polypharmacy” — four or more psychotropic medications — from their community providers. The polypharmacy rate was significantly higher for women. Including prescriptions for other conditions the patients may have had, the average patient was on six medications.


Adolescents with high media use, reduced sleep and low physical activity comprise an 'invisible-risk' group that has high prevalence of psychiatric symptoms, according to a large international study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet. The results of the study are published in the February issue of World Psychiatry.