Current Issue: March/April • Vol. 31 / No. 2

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From Across the Desk: When Patients Find the Joy in Getting Better

In this issue, frequent contributor Dr. Philip Mehler and co-authors Drs. Leah M. Swanson and Melanie L. Hebert of the Eating Recovery Center in Denver bring us a comprehensive article on a common and complex subject, edema in patients with eating disorders. They write that edema in patients with eating disorders is a complex phenomenon. When recognized early and treated appropriately, it can be managed quite effectively, minimizing patient distress.
Increasingly, researchers are finding that using the Internet to reach and keep contact with patients has been very worthwhile. We see this in many articles that use a social platform, such as Facebook, to reach study participants.

New Advisory Board Member

We also welcome a new member to our Editorial Advisory Board, Judith Banker, MA, LLP, FAED. Judith is founder and Director of the Center for Eating Disorders, Ann Arbor, MI. She is also a past President and a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Judith currently serves as Clinical Consultant to Huron Oaks Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery Program, a partial hospitalization program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, also in Ann Arbor.

Telehealth steps in

Increasingly, researchers are finding that using the Internet to reach and keep contact with patients has been very worthwhile. We see this in many articles that use a social platform, such as Facebook, to reach study participants. Our Medical Editor Dr. Scott Crow offers several sources for information using telehealth sites (see "COVID-19, Eating Disorders, and Telehealth," elsewhere in this issue.

The COVID-19 virus interrupted our publisher’s annual symposium, planned for March 26-29 in Orlando, FL. The annual meeting of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, always a highlight of the year, was rescheduled for next year. Kudos to Director Bonnie Harken and staffer Marie Grover and all the other staff members for all their hard work in handling the challenges of cancelling this large meeting, keeping members and visitors safe from the virus. The staff and Board members are exploring alternative ways to bring members and other eating disorders professionals an online version of the March Symposium. The program, now in a virtual environment, "IAEDP Symposium 2020. A Vision of Hope," is coming soon. For more information, see here.

— MKS