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People with bulimia experience cycles of disordered eating behaviour in which they overeat and then purge, often by self-induced vomiting or taking laxatives.

Binge eating disorder includes bouts of overeating, but without purging, and researchers have linked it to obesity. “Cognitive behavioural therapy is really the treatment of choice,” said Dr Phillipa Hay, University of West Sydney in Australia.
“It has far and away the best evidence. It hadn’t really been so definitively found in previous reviews,” Hay added.

The review included 48 studies with 3,054 participants and strengthened earlier findings in favour of cognitive behavioural therapy.
It found that 37 per cent of people completely stopped binge eating when given CBT focused on binging — while three per cent of those assigned to a waiting list control group quit.

Cognitive behavioural treatment of bulimia or binge eating disorder typically involves 15 to 20 outpatient sessions with a therapist over a five-month period. CBT works by helping patients change the way they think about their behaviour.

B-vit pills don’t act on heart diseases
A Cochrane Systematic Review suggests that B-vitamin supplements should not be recommended for prevention of heart disease because they do not reduce the risk of developing or dying from the disease.

“There is no evidence to support the use of B-vitamins as supplements for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke or death associated with cardiovascular disease,” says Arturo Martí-Carvajal, Iberoamerican Cochrane Network in Valencia, Venezuela.

Baby makes mom in coma recover
The voice of her baby inspired Karen Morrisroe-Clutton, living in coma after contracting E coli, to fight the illness and recover fast.

Morrisroe-Clutton’s son Oliver was just 10 weeks old when she was affected by the bug in July end.

The 32-year-old woman stayed at the Wrexham Maelor hospital for 67 days, but she believes it was hearing the voice of her child that helped her recover.
“I did know that I was dying at one point. In fact because I was having all this treatment I knew it wasn’t working; at least something wasn’t working quite well,” she said.
“I gave up. I wanted to die. But I heard Ollie.”

“I heard his voice because Paul was playing the tapes and I turned around and said I can’t do this. I need to live. I heard him and thankfully I pulled through,” she added.
Earlier on Karen was not able to see her son for eight weeks as she was in intensive care because of the risk of infection.

Depression, obesity linked
Adelaide researchers have advised doctors to closely examine the link between depression and obesity in patients because the two health problems are strongly related.

Dr Evan Atlantis, the University of Adelaide’s School of Medicine, said patients with symptoms of common mental illness should be considered for obesity and related chronic diseases, and vice versa.

The lead author of the editorial published in the ‘British Medical Journal’ said: “A better understanding of the mechanisms for the apparent bi-directional risk between obesity and common mental disorders is needed for effective treatment and prevention.”

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