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Understanding Somatic Symptom Disorder

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Somatic symptom disorder is extremely challenging to deal with for the patient, her family, and her medical providers. While we believe these are driven in no small part by psychological factors, the physical feelings experienced by the individual are real and can be quite disabling.

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Health · Menopause

Eating Disorders in Women Over 40

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Eating disorders have long been thought of as the affliction of the young. However, the more we learn about disordered eating, the more we have come to realize that this problem is far more complex than that, and affects women across the lifespan.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Treatment Options for Anxiety

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
This week, Dr. Patricia Allen has asked Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D.— a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington and a graduate of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program—to address a woman riddled with anxiety, which she likens to a gnawing feeling of dread.
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One Step Closer to New Treatment Option for Obesity

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine, the nation’s premier medical journal, released an article describing new discoveries related to the FTO gene and its link to obesity, bringing with it hopes for new treatment options.

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General Medical

‘That Sugar Film’: The Truth About Weight Control?

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The causes of weight gain and the extremely stubborn problem of weight control are much more complicated than originally believed. It turns out that refined carbohydrates, especially sugars, and especially high fructose corn syrup, may be the most “fattening” food you can possibly eat. But if a calorie is a calorie, how can one food be more fattening than another? Isn’t it just a matter or portion regulation?

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More Than Willpower: Research Into Understanding Obesity

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Three recent articles in scientific journals explore some of the underlying factors that contribute to obesity. The articles show that we must move beyond the strongly held societal beliefs that obesity is merely an issue of willpower and look for the deeper roots of the condition — in our genetics, how we are raised, and even the size of our plates.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Dementia—Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Diagnosis

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

There are a number of risk factors for developing dementia. These can be thought of broadly in two categories: those that you can do something about and those that you cannot. Risk factors you can’t change include aging—risk dramatically rises with age, with more than 50 percent of those older than 85 being affected—and genetics.

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