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Survivors of traumatic brain injury are three times more likely to die prematurely than the general population, often from suicide or fatal injuries, finds a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the University of Oxford. Concussion, a milder form of head injury, doubled the risk of premature death. The findings are published in the science journal JAMA Psychiatry.

 

It might be true that people have a harder time controlling themselves when they are tired at the end of the day, but that doesn't mean that self-control is a limited resource, say authors in the Cell Press publication Trends in Cognitive Sciences on January 15th. The trick to fighting that couch potato urge is for you (or your kids) to find pleasure in productive activities.

 

Simulation experts at the Ohio Supercomputer Center are developing a virtual environment in which health care professionals can safely learn about potential hazards they might encounter when providing in-home services.

 

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) over the internet has been proven to be an effective treatment for depression in a large clinical study conducted at Karolinska Institutet. The study, which is published in the scientific journal Journal of Affective Disorders, is one of the first to look at the treatment when it is given in a conventional care context.

 

A new follow-up study shows that the so called Mandometer method for treating patients with eating disorders is effective. The method was developed at Karolinska Institutet and is today used in clinical treatment worldwide.

 

Many parents say when their second child is born that their first child suddenly appears to have grown overnight. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 16 have an explanation: until the birth of the new child, those parents were subject to a ”baby illusion,” routinely misperceiving their youngest child as smaller (and younger) than he or she really was.