Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News August 3, 2010

Bulimia and the Vaso-Vagal Reflex

Many bulimics do well with cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy. For drugs, the big one approved for treatment of bulimia right now is fluoxetine, or Prozac. No one really knows why, but serotonin reuptake inhibitors appear to work in about 50% of bulimics, regardless of whether or not they are depressed. But what about the other 50%? What about the people who don’t respond to these drugs? Well, scientists are still out to find an answer.
And this paper has a rather new hypothesis: the vagus nerve is to blame.  Read More
vagus nerve
obesity fundingTobacco Funds Shrink as Obesity Fight Intensifies
The New York Times
By DUFF WILSON
Published: July 27, 2010 – When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation decided in 1991 to take on Joe Camel, it became the nation’s largest private funding source for fighting smoking. The foundation spent $700 million to help knock the cartoon character out of advertisements, finance research and advocacy for higher cigarette taxes and smoke-free air laws and, ultimately, to aid in reducing the nation’s smoking rate almost by half. But a few years ago, the Johnson foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., added another target to its mission, pledging to spend $500 million in five years to battle childhood obesity. As the antiobesity financing rose to $58 million last year, a new compilation from the foundation shows, the organization’s antismoking grants fell to $4 million.  Read More
Neurotopia – June 2, 2010 
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