National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

To mark National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, ECRI announced the launch of the Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide.

The Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide Web site provides in-depth information about the disorder, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment options and costs, how family and friends can be most supportive to the patient, and much more. This is the only Web site that compares the effectiveness of treatments for bulimia nervosa based on the results of an in-depth scientific analysis of all the available clinical research...
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Best-selling Drugs

Forbes magazine published a list of the hottest patented drugs in America, 2005, topped by:


Number one, Vytorin, is an anticholesterol drug. But coming in second is the antidepressant Cymbalta. Cymbalta (duloxetine) was only approved in 2004 but it's surged ahead with a 627% increase in sales, earning $667 million for Eli Lilly.

It's a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI), as opposed to other massively popular antidepressants like Prozac, in the selective...
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Medication Info Online

The Drug Bank is a new online database that provides extremely detailed, comprehensive information about prescription drugs. A project of the University of Alberta, the Drug Bank combines information ranging from chemical composition to molecular mechanisms to a variety of monographs for each drug.

If you're looking for something slightly less technical but still detailed, a good resource for info on drugs used in psychiatry is Internet Mental Health.

Search for interactions between your medications (and foods – did you know that
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Web 2.0: Consistency, Relevancy and Reliability

Web : Consistency, Relevancy and Reliability

With all of the hype surrounding Web in 2005, now seems like a good idea to examine its implications for health and mental health online. Do Web services, such as Flickr and , bring a new paradigm to understand and leverage for online health? Or are they valuable individual services that suffer from lack of consistency when tasked with providing the larger Internet populace with useful information? Is tagging a solution to the problem of "too...
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Helping Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help

Bipolar World, an excellent resource covering just about every aspect of the illness, offers some sage advice for family members of a person who refuses treatment. At times an individual may not believe him/herself to be ill - one of the hallmarks of psychosis and mania.

The article is relevant to anyone with a family member suffering mental illness, not just bipolar disorder. The key is that unless the person is a danger to him/herself or others (and therefore subject to being...
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Depression, anxious personality tied to allergies

Depression, anxious personality tied to allergies

My theory about what's going on here? Stress. People who are depressed or anxious tend to experience more stress than people who are not depressed or anxious. They have none of the buffering effects of resilience because they are more emotionally exposed due to their depression or anxiety.

But hey, it's just a

Women with major depression are more likely than women who are not depressed to have allergies, and allergies also appear to be more common in...
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Aren’t we all attractive on the inside?

MindHacks has an interesting review of a recent eating disorder study that purports to show that people with eating disorders tend to have a realistic view of their body image (not a negative, distorted view, as most professionals believe), while people without eating disorders tend to have an overly optimistic view of their own attractiveness.

An alternative hypothesis is not considered, however. This optimism that people have about themselves (what Mindhacks is mistakenly referring to as "attribution bias" -- attribution bias is about external...
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The Healthy Brain Project

The Healthy Brain Project was the result of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) joining efforts to launch the Cognitive and Emotional Health Project: The Healthy Brain to promote cognitive and emotional health in older adults.

The overall goal of the "Healthy Brain Project" is to assess the state of longitudinal and epidemiological research on demographic, social and biologic determinants of cognitive and emotional health in aging...
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