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What is lanugo and what causes this hair to grow?

What is lanugo and what causes this hair to grow?

Lanugo is a type of fine hair that grows on the bodies of human fetuses while they are developing in the womb. These hairs disappear either by birth or shortly after when vellus hairs replace them. Vellus hairs are also naturally fine and transparent, but thicker than lanugo hairs. Vellus hairs are the hairs typically […]

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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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Study provides further support for genetic factors underlying addictions

Study provides further support for genetic factors underlying addictions

Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study. Dysfunction of the gene, casein kinase1-epsilon (CSNK1E), increases opioid’s euphoric response and produces a marked increase in sensitivity to binge eating in a female experimental model but not in the male. […]

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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 […]