Eating Disorder Research & Studies

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Neural Insensitivity to the Effects of Hunger in Women Remitted From Anorexia Nervosa

Walter H. Kaye, M.D., Christina E. Wierenga, Ph.D., Amanda Bischoff-Grethe, Ph.D., Laura A. Berner, Ph.D., Alice V. Ely, Ph.D., Ursula F. Bailer, M.D., Martin P. Paulus, M.D., Julie L. Fudge, M.D.
Published Online:12 Mar 2020

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The Role of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Regulating Meal Time Anorexia Nervosa: Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics

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Exploring the Safety and Efficacy of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anorexia

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Binge Eating Brain Imaging Study

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