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Binge eating disorder (BED) is defined by eating large amounts and feeling a loss of self-control when eating. The most common eating disorder, binge eating affects roughly 3 percent of the United States. Objectives of this program include describing the characteristics and comorbidities associated with binge eating, application of the newly revised DSM-5 criteria, effectively diagnosing the disorder, and assessing the use of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy as effective treatment options.

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Influenza

New research shows that men might be more prone to the flu virus than women, and that they may suffer more from their symptoms, CBS News reports. The study, conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine, revealed that the flu vaccine may be more effective in women than in men, and that women are better at combating the illness. One doctor attributes these results to an enzyme found in estrogen that was able to help the lab mice fight off the virus.

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Safe Sex

According to CBS News, instances of chlamydia fell by 1.5 percent last year for the first time in three decades. However, with 1.4 million new cases reported, it is still the most common STD. By contrast, occurrences of the highly contagious syphilis rose by 10 percent, primarily among gay men. The CDC reports that gonorrhea cases have declined, but only minutely. Gonorrhea has made headlines in recent years after reports of a drug-resistant form of the disease.

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Ebola Prevention

According to CBS News, a new study shows that male Ebola survivors should make sure to wear condoms during sex for at least three months after recuperating from the illness. The study, published in Reproductive Sciences, confirmed the current recommendations in place for sexual activity after Ebola survival, but the authors noted that there is minimal research regarding male Ebola survivors and sex. Research conducted between 1977 and 2007 was analyzed and only four studies were found that contained information regarding men’s semen. The studies revealed that on average, the virus lingered in semen for more than 66 days after the las symptoms.

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Surgeon General

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The United States now has a Surgeon General for the first time since summer 2013. NPR’s The Two-Way blog reports that the US Senate has confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new Surgeon General. Many have opposed the nomination due to his political views and his young age (37). Murthy is an MD, MBA, a co-founder of Doctors for America, and a professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Read the story published in NPR’s The Two-Way blog.