Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News August 18, 2010

Anorexia bullying settlement: first of its kind

August 11th, 2010 3:52 pm – Philadelphia Examiner
A federal judge has approved a settlement of $55,000 in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit by a woman who claims her daughter was bullied into anorexia. Mary V. filed the lawsuit against the Pittsburgh, Pa. Schools last August on behalf of her daughter, who is now 15. Her daughter cites daily harassment by boys during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years, when the girl was in sixth and seventh grade. The harassment involved unrelenting taunting about the girl’s weight, including comments about her being “fat.” She subsequently developed anorexia, and entered an inpatient treatment program for because her weight was “dangerously low.”  Read More
Responsiveness of the Eating Disorders Quality of Life Scale (EDQLS) in a longitudinal multi-site sample – – August 11, 2010 – Background In eating disorders (EDs) treatment, outcome measurement has traditionally focused on symptom reduction rather than functioning or quality of life (QoL). The Eating Disorders Quality of Life Scale (EDQLS) was recently developed to allow for measurement of broader outcomes.  edqls teamRead the study results


The Team that Originated the Work
From left to right: Gisele Marcoux, Janet Chafe, Carol Ewashen, Marlene Reimer, Carol Adair and Brian Cram.
Many of those from the original team are now collaborating on the next phase of research, Pediatric Validation of the Eating Disorders Quality of Life Scale. This team includes:

Carol Adair, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary; Gisele Marcoux, Eating Disorder Program, Calgary Health Region; Brian Cram, Eating Disorder Program, Calgary Health Region  Carol Ewashen, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary; Janet de Groot, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary Jorge Pinzon, Eating Disorder Program, Calgary Health Region; Patricia Fergusson, Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
A multi-disciplinary team of clinicians and researchers across Canada collaborated on the development and validation of the Eating Disorders Quality of Life Scale. Visit the EDQLS Website to learn more 
anna nicoleAnna Nicole Smith suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder
Psychiatrist who saw Anna Nicole Smith testifies her pain medication was ‘overkill’
The Associated Press  By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent
LOS ANGELES August 13, 2010 (AP)
A hospital psychiatrist testified Friday that medication given to Anna Nicole Smith by a doctor now on trial was “overkill” for the kind of pain she was describing.

A doctor for Smith says the late Playboy model had chronic pain syndrome that was a challenge to treat because she was addicted to prescription drugs. Dr. Victor Kovner testified for a second day on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 in the Los Angeles trial of two other doctors and Smith’s boyfriend. Dr. Nathalie Maullin said she believed Smith had “a borderline personality disorder” and was addicted to prescription medications.
Maullin said she was on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in April 2006 when Smith was brought in pregnant and in withdrawal from anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the pain killer Methadone. The celebrity model told her she had gone “cold turkey,” discontinuing her medications all at once because she was concerned for the welfare of her expected baby.
By doing that, Maullin said, she had actually endangered the baby and herself. The doctor said she quickly resumed her medication with Methadone and began weaning her off Xanax, both of which had been prescribed by Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, a defendant in the drug conspiracy case.  Read More 
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