April 1, 2010

Regaining Control

1 New Program Outlines Help for Binge Eaters

A study focused on binge eating, its costs and its toll on sufferers found that 63 percent of binge eaters who participated in a self-guided, 12-week program were able to gain control of their food consumption for up to a year. The study, conducted at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Rutgers and Wesleyan, included reading "Overcoming Binge Eating" by Dr. Christopher Fairburn, a psych professor and expert on eating disorders. Recurrent binge eating, where sufferers systematically lose control of their eating habits and consume excessive amounts of food in a short period of time affects about three percent of the population. The disorder has gained notoriety as the American Psychiatric Assn. recommends that it be considered a distinct eating disorder like bulimia or anorexia.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Binge Eating, Binging, Dieting, Eating Out of Control, Losing Weight, American Psychiatric Association, Rutgers University, Wesleyan University, Dr. Christopher Fairburn, Overcoming Binge Eating, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Eating Disorders, Bulimia, Anorexia, Calorie Control

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1 in 20 Are Severely Anxious

2 Acupuncture Helps to Allay Fears of Dentist

It’s estimated that one in 20 people suffer from odontophobia, a fear of going to the dentist that is so extreme, they may put off visits entirely. Still another third of dental patients report moderate anxiety. A new study, published in Acupuncture in America, indicates that help may be only a thin needle away. Study participants who received acupuncture showed significantly lower stress levels and were able to undergo their planned treatment. Prior to receiving acupuncture, only several were able to stifle their anxiety and receive treatment. Participants had tried other methods of allaying fear including using sedatives, behavior therapy and hypnosis. While these other methods did help, they are not as immediate as acupuncture, which can be performed at the time of the dental visit.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Hypnosis, Acupuncture, Fear of Dentist, Dental Phobia, Odontophobia, Acupuncture in America, Sedatives, Behavior Therapy

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Linked to Other Addictions Too

3 New Study Links Smoking and Lower IQ Scores

Young men who smoke have markedly lower IQs than those who never light up, according to a an Israeli study that tracked 20,000 soldiers, ages 18 to 21. Plus, the more one smokes the lower his IQ is likely to be according to researcher Professor Mark Weiser who also found that those with lower IQs are more prone to other addictions. The average non-smoker’s IQ was 101 while the average for smokers was 94. Heavy smokers had an average IQ of 90. (An IQ between 84 and 116 is considered average for healthy young men.) Says Prof. Weiser, "People on the lower end of the average IQ tend to display poorer overall decision-making skills when it comes to their health.” He hopes his research will help stem smoking by targeting at risk school children and providing therapy and special education.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Addiction, Cigarettes, Smoking, Israeli Study, Professor Mark Weiser, Quitting Smoking, Smoking Is Dumb, Kicking the Habit, Smoking and Low IQ, IQ, Intelligence Tests

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