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February 4, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kesha is postponing tour dates as she completes treatment for an eating disorder, reps for the singer say. The pop star had shows scheduled for March and April. “I was so looking forward to performing at these dates but I need to follow my doctor's advice and get my health back on track,” she said in a statement. “All of your support during this time has been so amazing. I couldn't have done this without you all. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever on the next tour.
January 21, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A rapidly mutating virus has leaped from plants to honeybees, where it is reproducing and contributing to the collapse of colonies vital to the multibillion-dollar agricultural industry, according to a new study. Tobacco ringspot virus, a pollen-borne pathogen that causes blight in soy crops, was found during routine screening of commercial honeybees at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory, where further study revealed the RNA virus was replicating inside its Apis mellifera hosts and spreading to mites that travel from bee to bee, according to the study published online Tuesday in the journal mBio.
January 6, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kesha is in rehab for an eating disorder. News that the "Die Young" pop singer, 26, was starting a 30-day stint in rehab broke on Friday, courtesy of TMZ , which said she had checked in early that morning at Timberline Knolls outside of Chicago. That's the same facility where Demi Lovato sought help in 2010. "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice," Kesha said Saturday on Facebook . "I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder ... to learn to love myself again.
December 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The attorney for a Los Angeles woman who was sentenced to 180 days in jail after calling 911 more than 400 times over the last three years said Tuesday that her client suffers from panic disorder and calls the emergency number "honestly believing she will die. " In an email, attorney Rachel Rossi said 43-year-old Linette Young never had the intent to annoy or harass law enforcement and did not deliberately lie or report an emergency she knew was...
December 23, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen
Ido Kedar belongs to a rare confederacy. Diagnosed with autism when he was a child, Kedar - now 17 and a junior at Canoga Park High School - refuses to be defined by his disorder and joins a number of other autistic activists who are out to redefine popular assumptions about intelligence and disability. “Who are we?” Kedar recently wrote on his blog, “Ido in Autismland.” “Silent fighters, that's who.… It is time to be advocating for ourselves. Why forever must the theories of scholars be listened to over the people with autism themselves?
December 19, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Karyn Anastasio would have preferred staying in bed, ignoring the early onset of cold and darkness as she huddled in her apartment and watched TV. Instead, Anastasio and her friend, Christina Kaelberer, who also dreads winter, were walking through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and listening to a tiny woman rave about the surroundings and emphasize how lovely they would be when ice covered the ponds, when white coated the ground, when the...
November 5, 2013 | By Theodore Dalrymple
When the 1980 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as the DSM-3) was being prepared, psychiatrist Allen Frances lobbied for the inclusion of a new diagnosis: masochistic personality disorder. His push failed, and by the time the fourth edition came out in 1994 (edited by Frances), he was glad it had. He no longer believed such a condition existed. Masochistic personality disorder, as Frances had conceived it, "diagnosed" those whose typical behavior brought them unhappiness by "self-sacrifice in the service of maintaining relationships or self-esteem.
October 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Scientists have discovered two gene mutations that they believe are associated with an increased risk of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but these eating disorders are complex, and it has proved difficult  to identify the paths. But, using two families with very high incidences of eating disorders, scientists say they found rare mutations, one in each family, that were associated with the people who had the disorders. The study suggests that mutations that decrease the activity of a protein that turns on the expression of other genes - called a transcription factor - increase the risk.
October 8, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
After languishing for years in the shadows of psychiatry's definition of adult depression, irritability is finally getting some respect again. It's about damned time, you might say. A new study has found that people suffering a major depressive episode who report they have become grouchy, hostile, grumpy, argumentative, foul-tempered or angry will likely have a "more complex, chronic and severe form" of major depressive disorder than those who...
September 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The news is not always all good when obese teenagers lose weight. Such young people seem to be at risk for developing eating disorders that slip the attention of health professionals, scientists report. “Physical complications of semistarvation and weight loss, which are red flags in a low-weight individual, are often misdiagnosed in these patients,” and referrals for eating disorder treatment get delayed as a result, the scientists wrote in this week's issue of the journal Pediatrics.
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