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It Is Better To Be In The Hospital For Treating Bulimia Nervosa?

A German study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics addresses the differences between inpatient versus day clinic treatment of bulimia nervosa. In bulimia nervosa, more intense treatments are recommended if outpatient treatment fails. This is the first randomized controlled trial comparing the options of inpatient versus day clinic treatment. Patients with severe bulimia nervosa were randomly assigned to inpatient or day clinic treatment of similar length and intensity. Specific and general psychopathology was assessed at the end of treatment and a 3-month follow-up. Fifty-five patients were randomized; 22 day clinic patients and 21 inpatients started the program.

Program To Prevent Behavioral Health Crises Earns National Honor

A Minnesota program that provides psychiatric medications to low-income patients received a 2009 Community Leadership Award honorable mention from America's Health Insurance Plans. The awards, which were announced at AHIP's annual Institute in San Diego, recognize programs that address a community need. The Mental Health Drug Assistance Program provides 24/7 access to stop-gap psychiatric drugs to low-income patients with severe mental health conditions such as major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Administered by HealthPartners, MHDAP includes more than 25 local public- and private-sector organizations. The program prevents psychiatric crises that lead to emergency hospitalization and incarcerations which cost an average of $12, 000-15, 000 compared to the average cost of $165 for a psychiatric prescription.

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How Consumers Continue Enjoying Their Favorite Experiences

We've all experienced listening to a song until we can't stand it. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research may help people continue to enjoy the products and experiences they once loved. Authors Jeff Galak (Carnegie Mellon University), Joseph P. Redden (University of Minnesota), and Justin Kruger (New York University) have discovered a quick and simple way to recover from satiation. "We demonstrate that simply thinking about the variety of similar experiences one has had since last being exposed to the now-disliked stimulus accelerates recovery from satiation, " the authors write. For example, if someone is sick of listening to her favorite song, she could think about all the other songs she has listened to since last listening to her favorite.

Conference Invite: Unique Conference Specifically For Family Members Of OCD Sufferers, UK

OCD-UK is delighted to announce the first event of its kind, an OCD conference with a difference, a conference specifically aimed at the family, friends and carers of people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This unique conference, a day of education and support, takes place in Reading, Berkshire on Saturday 25th July 2009 where some of the country's leading OCD specialists will be involved in imparting their expertise, advice and experience. OCD-UK vice-chair, Vanessa Rogers, herself a mother of an OCD sufferer spoke about the event "It will be a whole-day event and we will endeavour to cover every aspect of this hitherto much ignored subject - looking at how each family dynamic permutation may create its own problems and will need specialist concentration on how the family member can learn to be the therapist at home, supporting their loved one in the challenges of fighting OCD".

New Animal Study Of Rexahn's Serdaxin trade; Shows Drug's Promise To Treat Anxiety And Depression With Minimal Side Effects

Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: RNN), announced the results of a wide-ranging animal study offering more evidence that Serdaxin™ may be an effective therapeutic for the treatment of anxiety disorders in humans. Serdaxin is Rexahn's leading anxiety and depression drug candidate, and is currently in Phase II clinical trials. The research tested Clavulanic acid, the primary compound in Serdaxin, across three mammalian species - hamsters, rats and cotton top tamarin monkeys - and was carried out at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Wisconsin. Results of the study reveal that Clavulanic acid is highly potent, has a unique profile, and has anti-anxiety "activity unlike any of the commonly prescribed drugs used to treat anxiety disorders.

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The Dark Side Of Gifts: Feeling Indebted May Drive People To The Marketplace

You need to move out of your apartment. Do you call in your friends and family to haul boxes and furniture or contact a moving company? A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that sometimes the emotions connected with asking for favors can actually drive people to the market. According to the study's author, Jean-Sà bastien Marcoux (HEC Montrà al), many researchers romanticize gift-giving. "They praise it for humanizing market relationships, for making the market meaningful, and for providing an escape from the commodifying logic of capitalist exchanges, " Marcoux writes. Other researchers have examined the dark side of gift giving: the troublesome feelings that arise from social indebtedness.

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