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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. Click here to participate in this free CME activity.

Cancer Detection

The NY Times reports a study published in The Lancet Oncology which found that conducting a “liquid biopsy” can possibly detect bits of cancer DNA in a patients blood, potentially providing a quick way of determining the efficacy of a treatment, and allowing for quick change if a patient develops treatment resistance. Additionally, changes in the blood can be seen long before the tumor would be noticeably smaller in a CT scan. After researchers discovered years ago that fetuses shed DNA into the bloodstream of their mothers, they realized that all growing cells, including tumors, shed DNA fragments as well. This blood test provides an opportunity for constant monitoring of a tumor without conducting frequent biopsies, and in the future, possibly early diagnosis of cancer, allowing for more effective treatment.

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Read the study published in The Lancet Oncology.

Workforce Drug Abuse

According to The New York Times, drugs like Adderall, typically prescribed to treat ADHD and commonly abused by college students are slowly but surely making their way into the work force. Dozens of professionals admit to using stimulants such as Adderall, Vyvanse and Concerta to improve performance, giving rise to the concern that stimulants can cause anxiety, addiction and hallucinations when taken in high doses. While stimulants are known to increase attention and motivation, there is little research to show that they improve one’s ability to learn or understand. There is no concrete data on the issues, but a 2013 report found that ER visits related to nonmedical use of prescription stimulants tripled between 2005 and 2011.

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Household Health


According to Reuters, a study published in BMJ Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that chlorine bleach, commonly used to kill germs that could make children sick, may actually raise the childrens’ risk for various respiratory-tract infections such as influenza, bronchitis and tonsillitis. A survey completed by approximately 9,000 families asked questions regarding frequency of respiratory infections in the children of the house and how often bleach was used to clean the house. A clear link was found between childhood illness and bleach use, but the results do not prove cause and effect. While bleach is a powerful and effective disinfectant, it should be used with caution and only in properly vented areas.

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria


According to CBS News, a study published in the journal Applied Environmental Microbiology has found that maple sap may make antibiotics more effective in killing off disease-causing bacteria, a discovery which may address the growing concern over antibiotic resistant bacteria. Researchers added maple syrup extract to various bacteria such as e. coli and found that, on its own, the extract partially stopped the spread of bacteria. However, when used on bacteria together with antibiotics it was especially effective, implying that, by using maple extract in antibiotics, you may be able to use less antibiotics to get the same treatment.

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Read the study published in Applied Environmental Microbiology.