Eating Disorders Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A study conducted at Texas A&M University - College Station found that more than 50% of the 294 eating disorder patients studied also exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The recent research confirms a 1994 study that found that PTSD patients are at high risk for developing anorexia and for resisting treatment for that eating disorder.
PTSD is an extreme response to past trauma that often results in extended periods of depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and avoidance behaviors. Commonly found in survivors of war, rape, and torture, the relatively new illness was first publicized when large numbers of Vietnam War veterans exhibited its symptoms.
Seventy-four percent of the eating disorder patients studied reported at least one traumatic event that could have triggered PTSD symptoms. Fifty-two percent reported that they suffer from PTSD symptoms.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .