From Across the Desk

This issue touches on a variety of studies of eating disorders, from cardiovascular disorders to a new drug combination for binge eating disorder, and some benefits and drawbacks of social networks and Internet tools.

Orthostatic hypotension has well-known symptoms include syncope (fainting), dizziness, weakness, and lightheadedness. In this issue, our lead article, Orthostatic Hypotension and Tachycardia in Adolescent Patients with Anorexia Nervosa: A Marker of Illness Severity,by Barbara Kessel and Philip S. Mehler, underscores the importance of orthostatic hypotension and tachycardia and the implications for treatment of patients with anorexia nervosa.

In a change of pace, the issue looks at cyber-bullying  (Cyber-Bullying and Disordered Eating Among Teens) and the effects on disordered eating and a Danish study of a new app that helps patients recovering from an eating disorder track their progress  (A Self-monitoring App for Those Recovering from an ED).  The authors remind us that by 2017, more than 325,000 health-related apps were available to mobile phone users worldwide. Would the new app, Recovery Record, fulfill its promise? An unexpected result: while the reaction was very positive, some patients found the app intrusive and counterproductive.


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