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Treatment

Family-based treatment with transition age youth with anorexia nervosa: A qualitative summary of application in clinical practice

Dimitropoulos, G. et al.

Family based treatment (FBT) has been widely used with success among 12 to 19 years old but has not been investigated among older  youths (16 to 21 years old). This reports on the modifications made to FBT when used with older youths.

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Treatment for Anorexia

Grohol, J.

Reviews the importance of different types of psychotherapy for the treatment of anorexia.

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Family Based Therapy Preferred for Teen Anorexia

Wood, J.

Studies show that family therapy is highly effective for teens with anorexia.

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Shifts in Goals Improves Treatment for Severe Anorexia

Wood, J.

Research shows that treatment focusing on improving quality of life and social adjustment rather than weight gain is effective for severely anorexic patients.

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CBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Found Effective for Anorexia

Nauert, J.

This discusses clinical trials that evaluate the effectiveness of focal psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and standard psycotherapy for patients with anorexia.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Treatment, Hope for Severe Anorexia Patients

Mitchell, B.

Reports on the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in treating anorexia. DBS is in the early stages of research but has shown promising results.

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Estrogen Therapy Can Help Girls with Anorexia

Nauert, R.

A study shows that estrogen supplementation reduced levels of anxiety and helped to prevent body image dissatisfaction with weight gain.

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Oxytocin Shows Promise in Treating Anorexia

Pedersen, T.

Studies show that oxytocin reduces patients' fixation on high-calorie foods, fat body parts and angry faces.

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Anorexia May Be Tied to Abnormal Cholesterol Processing

Pedersen, T.

Research show that a gene involved in abnormal cholesterol metabolism appeared more frequently in anorexic patients.

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Brain and Genetic Research


The Anorexic Brain

Rosen, M.

Research identifies brain differences among those suffering from anorexia, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for self-control.

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Scientists Manage to Give Mice 'Eating Disorders' by Knocking out One Gene

Feltman, R.

Scientists removed a gene linked to eating disorders and found that the mice demonstrated typical eating disorder behaviors such as avoiding high-fat food, isolating, showing anxiety and being submissive around other mice.

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Eating Disorder Predisposition is Associated with ESRRA and HDAC4 Mutations

Cui, H., et al.

Analysis of two families severely affected by eating disorders shows genetic mutations in family members diagnosed with an eating disorder.

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Anorexia, Body Image Disorder Share Brain Irregularities

Nauert, R.

Reports on similarities in how the brains in patients with anorexia and body image disorder process images.

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Faulty Brain Connections Lead Anorexics to Misjudge Body Shapes

Nauert, R.

Research shows that compared to healthy controls, patients with anorexia have a weaker connection between two parts of the brain that influence body image perception, causing them to view themselves as larger than they are.

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Brain Changes with Anorexia Can Be Reversed

Nauert, R.

Starvation in anorexia reduces brain volume, but this study shows that weight restoration results in restoration of brain volume as well.

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Personality

Who do you think you are? - Personality in eating disordered patients

Levallius, J, Clinton, D, Backstrom, M, and Norring, C.

Identifies common personality traits among patients with non-anorexic eating disorders. The patients demonstrated greater negative emotions and vulnerability as compared to controls.

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Study Probes Anorexia in Males
Nauert, R.
Reports on similarities and differences between males and females with anorexia.