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Dual residence works well when children have a close relationship with both parents

5 December, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Dual residence, where children live approximately equally with each parent after separation or divorce, works best if the child has influence over the living arrangement and has good and close relationships with each parent. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg identifies several aspects important to the way children and young people experience their family model.

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Use of social media is taking place both online and offline

15 October, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Social media has changed how people interact. However, social media use is neither static or specifically linked to certain platforms. Emerging technical capabilities, changes in lifestyle and time management as well as the increasing possibilities to engage in online and offline interaction simultaneously affect our use of social media. Those are some of the results […]

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Psychiatric comorbidity contributes to increased mortality in ADHD

7 August, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

Psychiatric comorbidity may play an important role in the increased risk of premature death in people with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), according to a new extensive registry study conducted at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University in Sweden. The results, which are published in JAMA Psychiatry, suggest that improved awareness and care of psychiatric comorbidities such as substance use disorders may help reduce serious outcomes associated with ADHD.

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You walk talks

18 May, 2018 - Högskolan i Halmstad

The way you walk can reveal current and future health problems. New research from Halmstad University suggests the use of wearable sensors for analysing your movement. This can potentially result in early detection of for example Parkinson’s disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis and other neuro-physiological disorders. Many of our body systems, such as the cardio-vascular system […]

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Gentle touch can decrease stress

3 April, 2018 - Göteborgs universitet

“I can see that touch might be helpful in several types of therapy; for example in stress treatments and for helping people in anxiety states to relax”, Chantal Triscoli says.

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How exercise training promotes a sound mind in a sound body

6 February, 2018 - Karolinska Institutet

A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that the same mechanisms behind the beneficial effects of exercise training on the brain also help to counteract fat and to strengthen the immune system. The results, which are published in the journal Cell Metabolism, can ultimately give rise to new obesity and diabetes drugs.

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Swedish researchers develop a multi-lingual Avatar for professionals to interview children in crisis

13 November, 2017 - Linnéuniversitetet

Researchers at Linnaeus University have created an avatar-based interview training programme for professionals who interview children about sensitive topics. The researchers, among others Pär Stihl, a policeman and teacher at the university’s police academy, have created an avatar that is a real child that trainees can practice conducting sensitive interviews with. There is a great […]

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Post-traumatic stress symptoms can be prevented by using Tetris in the emergency department

28 March, 2017 - Karolinska Institutet

A single dose psychological intervention including the computer game Tetris can prevent the unpleasant, intrusive memories that develop in some people after suffering a traumatic event. Researchers have been able to demonstrate how the survivors of motor vehicle accidents have fewer such symptoms if they play Tetris in hospital within six hours of admission after also having been asked to recall their memory of the accident. The results of the study, which was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet with colleagues at Oxford University and elsewhere, are published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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Schizophrenia linked to mother’s low weight during pregnancy

23 February, 2017 - Karolinska Institutet

Children born to mothers who gained too little weight during pregnancy were at increased risk for schizophrenia and other non-affective psychoses later in life, according to new epidemiological research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The findings, which are published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, confirm the results of several important historical studies that showed a link between exposure to famine while in the womb and increased risk of schizophrenia later in life.