Good links from good organizations

Passing on some good links from the University of Chicago, The National Eating Disorders Collaboration and AED:
  • Lisa Brownstone, the research coordinator for the University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program under Dr. Daniel le Grange, recently contacted me about a study comparing three approaches: family-based treatment, cognitive behavioral treatment, and supportive psychotherapy. This study provides free treatment to adolescents suffering from bulimia. Interested families can reach Lisa at (773-834-5677)."LINK to the NEWS RELEASE. (For more information on clinical trials, visit the F.E.A.S.T. site.)
  • The National Eating Disorders Collaboration Youth Survey is looking for young people under 25 years to fill out a survey that "will be used to shape recommendations to the government on how we can best prevent and treat eating disorders in young people. TAKE THE SURVEY.
  • The Academy for Eating Disorders is offering a Patient/Carer 2010 Conference Scholarship Program, thanks to a generous donation from AED member Donna Friedman and her husband, Randy. Two scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded to defray the costs of conference fees, travel, and hotel accommodations for the 2010 ICED. For more information please click here.


  1. Not at all related to this post-- but I've posted here a few things that we've been taught in medical school that are senseless.

    So when we had a [somewhat] reasonable overview of effective treatments for ed's, I thought I'd share a bit of it too--

    Family Therapy For Eating Disorders:

    -Long history of blaming families for eating disorders

    - Research “does not support the notion that there is a distinctive and consistent pattern of family structure and dysfunctions in patients with eating disorders” (Dare, 2002)

    -Controlled trials suggest 50%-70% of
    adolescents with AN do well (superior to
    individual therapy)

    -Gains are maintained in 5 year follow up (Eisler, 1997)

    Family based therapy hasn't really made it to the USMLE's yet, but it's nice to know med students are being taught that it exists, that blaming the family is outdated & ineffective, and that early intervention w/family involvement is a predictor of good prognosis.

  2. Change is slow, isn't it? But we are where we are, and I guess that stodginess is also protective against fashionable nonsense easily finding its way into training. I'm optimistic that more accurate info on EDs will steadily find its way into training and that it will be hard to dislodge!

    (I'm obviously an optimist by nature!)


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