National Eating Disorders Association Announces Ground-Breaking Research

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In-Home, ‘Tele-Treatment Programs’ Being Tested to Address Lack of Accessibility to Quality, Specialized Care

Often Used as a ‘Tool’ to Enhance E.D. Practices, the Internet May Also Hold the Cure

newsNEW YORK CITYNov. 5, 2013 — For Immediate Release — The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) recently announced the first research initiatives – with an eye on utilizing technology – to be undertaken with $400,000 in grants from its newly launched Feeding Hope Fund for clinical research and training.

“The Internet and social networking have unfortunately been used to promote the practice of eating disorders via pro-ana and pro-mia websites and in chat rooms,” commented NEDA’s CEO & president Lynn Grefe, who notes that NEDA serves in an advisory capacity to both Facebook and Tumblr in addressing such issues and launched a safe social networking site for tweens and teens last year, Proud2BMe.org. “It is our hope – and our belief – that the Internet can also be a groundbreaking tool for battling these life-threatening illnesses.”

Two grant awardees were selected by NEDA’s Research Advisory Council and approved by its board of directors at its recent conference in Washington, D.C. Each recipient will receive two-year grants of $200,000 ($100,000 annually). Research programs are:

Daniel Le Grange, PhD, The University of Chicago
Family Based-Treatment Without Borders: Utilizing Telemedicine to Deliver Family-Based Treatment. This innovative study will address the needs of families in remote, rural or underrepresented regions of the U.S. by delivering Family-Based Treatment (FBT) via telemedicine (FBT-TM). FBT – also known as the Maudsley Approach – employs a family-focused approach, rather than individual counseling, which research has shown to be more effective in medically stable adolescent anorexia nervosa patients. However, accessing FBT is challenging for many families who are not located near appropriate treatment choices, which tend to be clustered in urban areas. This study will determine whether FBT conducted via telemedicine in a patient’s home retains its success rate.

Denise Wilfley, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis
Harnessing Technology for Training Clinicians to Deliver Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Researchers will develop a novel, guided online training program to train professionals in using Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), treatment for eating disorders that has proven to be effective in studies. This study will examine the efficacy of training counselors via the Internet for psychotherapy treatment of bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and subclinical eating disorders, with the aim of increasing the number of clinicians trained to deliver IPT effectively.

“We congratulate the recipients of the first grants to be presented by NEDA’s Feeding Hope Fund for clinical research and training,” Grefe said, “and thank them for their innovation and their dedication to the vision of a world without eating disorders. Their work is making the best use of today’s resources for tomorrow’s challenges.”

Added NEDA Research Advisory Committee co-chair Walter Kaye, M.D., “It is critical that we address both the expense of and the lack of accessibility to treatment for eating disorders … and the lack of research funds available for addressing these issues. NEDA is proud to provide funding to further these projects, which were selected based on an emphasis of program innovation and projected clinical impact.”

Thomas Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health – who recently spoke as keynote speaker at NEDA’s conference as the father of a child who has battled an eating disorder – commented, “Because they have the highest mortality rates of all mental disorders, further research to better understand eating disorders is critical. Research is our best hope for effective prevention and even better treatments in the future.”

Concluded Patrick J. Kennedy, former Congressman, “I have always felt that eating disorders suffer the most persistent discrimination within the mental health community in both insurance coverage and in research funding. I commend NEDA for raising awareness to these issues and for setting the stage for progress.”

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life. Eating disorders are bio-psycho-social illnesses with potentially life-threatening consequences. Despite the severity and prevalence, research funding in this field is severely lacking.

The Feeding Hope Fund was announced in February during NEDA’s 26th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The program raises restricted funds for awarding grants to qualified clinical researchers and experts. Projects funded will either develop and test new treatments or provide training on established evidence-based treatments to fellow clinicians. This project is in direct response to seriously underfunded clinical research and training in the field of eating disorders.

Although serious and potentially life-threatening, the ability to gain insight into the cause behind the disease will lead to improved prevention and treatment options and ultimately a potential cure. And you can help! All levels of giving will receive exclusive updates and invitations to events, an annual report on updates and recipients, listing on the website, and a commemorative pin.

To help support the Feeding Hope Fund, visit www.myneda.org/feedinghopefund or contact Terry Marks at feedinghopefund@nationaleatingdisorders.org or 212-575-6200, ext. #307.

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), headquartered in New York City, is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its toll-free, live helpline, its many outreach programs and website. NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders. For more information, visit www.MyNEDA.org

– Submitted by Kelly Willliams of Greenleaf & Associates

5 Most Common Types of Blood Disorders in Children To Look For

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humanbodyBlood is the life maintaining thing of body, which circulates through our heart, veins, capillaries, and arteries. Blood caries away the carbon dioxide and waste matter, and brings electrolytes, nourishment, vitamins, antibodies, oxygen, heat, and hormones to the body tissues.

As the functions of blood are complex and many, they are so many diseases that need proper care by physicians. So many blood disorders are taking place in children. The most common blood disorders in children include bleeding disorders, anaemia, blood cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia, Haemophilia, leukaemia, and Thrombocytopenia.

1. Anaemia:

This is one of the most common blood disorders in children, which occurs if healthy red blood cells level in the body decreased to very low rate. This may cause serious health problems since red blood vessels contain the haemoglobin that carries oxygen to body organs. Anaemia may cause so many complications like stress and fatigue.

2. Thalassemia:

Thalassemia affects people of African, South Asian, and Mediterranean, who are marked by the short lived red blood cells. Thalassemia is two types one is major and other is minor. Major is also known as Cooley’s anaemia, which is a severe form of anaemia. This is one of deadly blood disorders in children.

Red blood cells can be rapidly destroyed and the iron will be deposited in vital organs and skin. Kids who have thalassemia are unable to make one of two main protein chains, which form oxygen-haemoglobin carrying substance in the red blood cells.

3. Hemophilia:

Children who are suffering with this condition are unable to produce factors or proteins that are needed for the blood clotting. Due to this, exceed bleeding can be possible even for minor injuries. Due to the defective genes located on X chromosome, many sufferers are male only.

4. Sickle Cell Disease:

This is an inherited disease which is caused due to an abnormal form of the oxygen-haemoglobin carrying substance in the red blood cells. If the red blood cells contain abnormal haemoglobin, then it releases oxygen, and the haemoglobin becomes distorted and causes normally round blood cell in order to assume the sickle shape.

These types of sickle shaped blood cells will obstruct the blood flow in the small capillaries and the defective cells destruction can lead to anaemia in kids. Kids who are born with this blood disorder suffer from so many symptoms like stroke, pain, and increased infections.

5. Iron Deficiency:

Iron is the important mineral that is needed for the good health and proper functionality of the body. Each and every red blood cell of body contain iron its haemoglobin. But a lack of this mineral in blood cells can cause iron deficiency in children. This is very common form of blood disorders in children who are with nutritional deficiency.

Victoria Armstrong, Author of this article writes for www.ehealthyblog.com. E Healthy Blog provides you the complete information, latest news, and tips on Health. Also provides information on various diseases like Blood Disorders, Cancers, Diabetes, Heart Diseases, Allergies, Skin Diseases, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Child Health, and many more.

Seizures, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit, Tourette’s And Other Neurological Disorders

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qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

1. True or False: All of these conditions may have in common, as their cause, infections?

ANSWER: True – Viruses, bacteria, fungi and various parasites may be implicated as a potential cause of all of these conditions. Testing can help figure this out

2. True or False: Tourette’s may be caused in many children by streptococci infection specifically?

ANSWER: True – Strep may grow constantly in the nasal passages and produce Tourette’s symptoms seasonally and then go away. The strep cause an immune reaction that produces antibodies that attack the brain causing symptoms.

3. True or False: Hormonal problems may be involved in seizure activity?

ANSWER: Yes – Deficiency of testosterone, when associated with seizures, may actually lower (improve) seizure threshold.

4. True or False: Urine testing of amino acids and neurotransmitters, and the recommendation of appropriate nutrition based on these tests, is all that is needed to manage seizures, epilepsy, Attention Deficit and Tourette’s?

ANSWER: False. Although potentially helpful, urine testing is far from perfect. Also, many other nutrients may help these conditions that are determined upon other types of testing. Lastly, many scientific studies have been done that provide valuable information regarding potential causes and nutritional strategies for these issues; in many cases eliminating the need for further testing.

5. True or False: Seizures of unknown origin in children and adults may be caused by genetic problems (in-born errors of metabolism) that often go untested and untreated.

ANSWER: True

6. Which of the following nutrients may help Seizures, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit Disorder and Tourette’s?

a. Omega 3 fatty acids
b. Pyridoxine (B6)
c. Magnesium orotate
d. Amino acids
e. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above may, more or less, help these conditions. Only symptoms and signs, considered along with precise lab work, can determine the best combination of nutrition.

– Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast

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How You Can Fight Common Sleep Disorders Like Snoring Or Sleep Apnea

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By Brandon Travis

sleepSleep disorders affect a large percentage of Americans, up to 40 percent as some studies have suggested, debilitating one of our most precious resources: sleep. We need sleep to perform even our most elemental tasks not to mention the more difficult ones like cognition, concentration, athletics or even operating a car. Getting a good night’s sleep is tantamount to being able to perform well in life and sleep disorders like snoring or sleep apnea make getting a good night’s sleep a constant struggle. However, there are plenty of tools you can use to combat snoring and sleep apnea and the rest you deserve.

While there are a plethora of known and unknown sleep disorders out there, ranging from night terrors, to narcolepsy, to work-shift sleep disorders, to restless leg syndrome, insomnia, snoring and sleep apnea are three of the most common. But in order to look at ways to fight these common sleep disorders, we first have to understand what causes them in the first place.

Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder, so common in fact that there really isn’t one specific reason for it; the causes depend upon the person and can range from anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, to lifestyle problems like diet and lack of exercise to stress to allergens. And though there are many prescription drugs available that can help you get to sleep, most of these medications leave you feeling groggy and unrested. However, simple lifestyle changes can sometimes be enough to pull you out of your insomniac funk and get some sleep: exercising regularly, amending your diet to include more natural foods, eating a bed-time snack of dairy and carbs, meditating, getting into a sleep schedule—all of these can bring about solutions to insomnia.

snoringSnoring and sleep apnea are often comorbid and have some of the same underlying causes and treatments. Snoring is the result of occluded breathing passages in the nose or throat; sleep apnea is when breathing is abruptly halted during sleep, resulting in gasps and oxygen depletion, and if untreated can have dire consequences. Both have their own different kinds and causes. The occlusion in snoring is often caused by blockage of the throat, either through fatty tissue, allergies, posture or a general degradation of the throat muscles; it’s most commonly found in adults over 40, the obese or overweight, chronic users of alcohol, cigarettes or other drugs/medication and more often in men than women. Sleep apnea has a couple different kinds: the first, obstructive sleep apnea is a result of the same blocked airways seen in snoring, and snoring is usually precipitant; the second kind is called central sleep apnea and has to do with failures of the central nervous system; the third is a combination of the first two and is called, appropriately, complex sleep apnea.

Thankfully, snoring and sleep apnea can be treated in many of the same methods. Losing weight and getting your body back to its recommended weight is one of the best ways to fight these sleep disorders, as is eliminating or minimizing alcohol and cigarette use—especially in the last couple hours before bed. You can also help to control these sleep disorders by adjusting your sleeping position, sleeping on your side or stomach instead of your back. If allergens are the reason, making your bedroom into a hypoallergenic chamber might be the way to go; which might mean that your dog or cat has to sleep elsewhere at night. Certain vocal exercises have also been found to alleviate some of the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea as they build up the muscles in the throat. For more info on vocal exercises check out http://www.thestopsnoringexerciseprogram.org/. Changing your diet and getting into a regular sleep schedule can also be a big step in fighting these unpleasant sleep disorders.

Sleeping is a crucial part of our lives, and making sure we get the sleep we need sometimes seems like an uphill battle. By using these techniques, you should be able to turn the tide of the nighttime war and start your sleep disorders on a, hopefully permanent, retreat.

– Brandon Travis likes to spend his free time swimming and training for his next triathlon in the spring. He works in the health and wellness sector, helping people live better and healthier lives. When he’s not working out he likes to review sites like iRollover snoring device.