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HIV Researchers Inspired
by First Patient's Full Recovery

NPR reports that HIV researchers have renewed hope in the search for an HIV cure as a patient who received bone marrow transplant for leukemia unrelated to his HIV is now HIV free.

Moderate, Binge Drinking Linked With Cognitive Decline in Elders
According to USA Today, research presented at the 2012 Alzheimer's Association conference in Vancouver shows moderate and binge drinking in older adults increases risk for memory loss and cognitive decline.

Employees With Asperger's Syndrome Bring Talents, Challenges
AOL Jobs report on individuals with Asperger's syndrome as they tackle today's workplace challenges.

FDA Partly to Blame
for Drug Shortages

According to CNN, the House Oversight Committee has concluded that the FDA is partially responsible for recent cancer drug shortages.
Editor's E-Note
With increased awareness of obesity and its comorbidities, some people may forget about or dismiss that eating disorders such as anorexia, in which individuals deny themselves food, are still an alarming problem. Not only do individuals with anorexia often starve themselves, this disorder has the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition due to the medical illnesses associated with it and the increased risk of suicide. Our E-News Exclusive examines the link between anorexia and suicide and the nature of this illness that can become so severe that some individuals believe there is no other source of relief than suicide.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive

Anorexia to Suicide — The Desperate Path

By Lindsey Getz

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychological disorder, thought to be due to the numerous medical complications that accompany it, such as the early onset of osteoporosis, brain shrinkage, and heart attacks. However, suicide is also a real danger; the suicide rate related to anorexia is quite high. Studies cited by the American Association of Suicidology (Holm-Denoma et al, 2008; Kaye, 2008; Keel et al., 2003) indicate that the suicide mortality rate of people with anorexia is one of the highest of all psychiatric illnesses. Individuals with eating disorders often experience intense suffering, and their need for help should be taken seriously.

“First and foremost, [anorexia] is a severe mental illness that takes over peoples’ lives,” says Michael Rollin, MD, an attending psychiatrist at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver. “It not only takes over their behavior but their physical health and the content of their minds. One of the biggest frustrations of people with eating disorders is that it’s what they spend their day thinking about, planning around, and essentially doing all day long. It hijacks their lives and in that way, they often feel like they have no respite.”

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Tech & Tools
Helping Youths Create
Success Stories

Visit our Media/Arts section to read about an animation project helping to promote mental health in court-involved youths. Learn more »

Technology Gives Children With Disabilities Age-Appropriate Voice
The New York Times reports on a text-to-speech application that helps children who cannot speak sound like children instead of adults. Learn more »
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