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The 10 best blogs for eating disorders

The 10 best blogs for eating disorders

If you are living with an eating disorder, you are not alone. Blogs written by others going through similar experiences and even healthcare professionals specializing in eating disorders are available to provide advice and support. Eating disorder blogs provide information and support from people who are on the road to recovery from an eating disorder. […]

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Food addiction: What to know

Food addiction: What to know

Food addiction refers to when the need to eat becomes compulsive or uncontrollable. This compulsive behavior may be in response to an emotion, such as stress, sadness, or anger. The human body needs food to function, but food addiction is when a person becomes dependent on certain types of foods. Foods that contribute to a […]

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Religiosity does not increase the risk of anorexia nervosa

Religiosity does not increase the risk of anorexia nervosa

Religiosity has been associated with various forms of fasting and self-starvation for thousands of years. Many believe that extreme religiosity can be a risk factor of anorexia nervosa. However, a recent population study conducted in Finland showed that religiosity does not increase the risk of anorexia nervosa. “Many medieval saints fasted themselves to death. The […]

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Women with celiac disease twice as likely to develop anorexia

Women with celiac disease twice as likely to develop anorexia

Celiac disease is a rare digestive disorder and anorexia nervosa is a chronic eating disorder. These conditions have similar symptoms, and both are particularly common among adolescents. New research examines the link between the diagnoses for these two conditions in young women. New research suggests that receiving a diagnosis of celiac disease may drastically increase […]

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Researchers create model of anorexia nervosa using stem cells

Researchers create model of anorexia nervosa using stem cells

An international research team, led by scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has created the first cellular model of anorexia nervosa (AN), reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from adolescent females with the eating disorder. Writing in Translational Psychiatry, the scientists said the resulting AN neurons – the disease in […]

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Even after treatment, brains of anorexia nervosa patients not fully recovered

Even after treatment, brains of anorexia nervosa patients not fully recovered

Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, examined 21 female adolescents before and after treatment for […]

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Anorexia: Deep brain stimulation may be an effective treatment

Anorexia: Deep brain stimulation may be an effective treatment

Anorexia can cause severe health issues, and the illness can sometimes be fatal. New research suggests a surgical technique can stimulate the patient’s brain into improving their mental health and overall well-being. New research suggests a brain technique called ‘deep brain stimulation’ may prove effective in treating anorexia. Anorexia is an eating disorder that makes […]

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Study points to treatment strategy for anorexia

Study points to treatment strategy for anorexia

New research conducted in adolescent rodents provides insights on the mechanisms behind anorexia nervosa and points to a potential treatment strategy. In experiments involving food restriction and/or exercise, investigators found that the extent to which certain receptors are expressed in neurons in a particular region of the brain can influence whether an adolescent female rat […]