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Impaired Brain Activity Underlies Impulsive Behaviors in Women with Bulimia
January 12, 2009 • Science Update
Women with bulimia nervosa (BN), when compared with healthy women, showed different patterns of brain activity while doing a task that required self-regulation. This abnormality may underlie binge eating and other impulsive behaviors that occur with the eating disorder.
New Grants Will Further Understanding of the Biology, Genetics and Treatment of Eating Disorders
September 23, 2008 • Science Update
Eating disorders, which include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, are complex and often life-threatening illnesses.
Journal Highlights Effectiveness of Research Based Psychotherapies for Youth
April 15, 2008 • Science Update
Reviews of the current research on psychosocial and behavioral therapies, or psychotherapies, for children and adolescents found a number of “well established” and “probably efficacious” treatments for many mental disorders. The results were published in a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Family Involvement and Focused Intervention May be Key to Helping Teens with Bulimia
September 17, 2007 • Science Update
Family-based treatment for adolescent bulimia nervosa (FBT-BN) is more effective than an individual-based therapy called supportive psychotherapy (SPT) in helping teens overcome bulimia according to an NIMH-funded study.
Study Tracks Prevalence of Eating Disorders
February 9, 2007 • Science Update
Results from a large-scale national survey suggest that binge-eating disorder is more prevalent than both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
College Women at Risk for Eating Disorder May Benefit From Online Intervention
August 7, 2006 • Press Release
A long-term, large-scale study has found that an Internet-based intervention program may prevent some high risk, college-age women from developing an eating disorder.
Antidepressant Does Not Reduce Risk Of Relapse Among Patients With Anorexia Nervosa
June 14, 2006 • Science Update
An NIMH-funded study has concluded that the antidepressant medication fluoxetine (Prozac) is no more effective than placebo in preventing relapse among patients with anorexia nervosa who had achieved a healthy weight during inpatient or day-program treatment.