Science of Eating Disorders is dedicated to making peer-reviewed eating disorder research more accessible to the public. It is about making sense of the science in a clear and concise way for those who may lack expertise, access, or time required to read scholarly literature. Moreover, because all SEDs articles are written by individuals with a history of eating disorders, Science of Eating Disorders provides a rich and unique insight on the scientific findings in EDs. Articles often include glimpses of the behind-the-scenes reality of living with, managing and recovering from an eating disorder, from an adult perspective.
Most of us have at some point in our lives taken antihistamines–drugs that block the action of histamine (e.g., Claritin, Allegra)–to relieve allergy symptoms. And while histamine is best known for its role in the immune response, it also has many other important roles in the central nervous system. In the brain, histamine release is important for arousal (this is why antihistamines tend to make us drowsy). It has also been implicated in regulating appetite, taste […]
scienceofeds posted Treating Severe Anorexia Nervosa in the Community on Science of Eating Disorders
Can treatment for severe anorexia nervosa be delivered safely in a community setting? According to a recent paper by Calum Munro and colleagues (2014, open access), the answer is yes. In 2001, a systematic review by Meads, Gold, and Burls found that inpatient treatment is not more or less effective than outpatient treatment for individuals with AN. Of course there will always be patients who will require inpatient care, but given the high cost, lack of clear efficacy, and known risks, it is […]