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drug therapy for bone loss in anorexia: giving in or giving hope?

Posted Oct 27 2010 9:09am
A friend sent me this article about a new drug approach for restoring bone in anorexia for patients who are not able to gain weight: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/731094

My response was: "I prefer food."

His thought: "I certainly share your gut reaction, but at the same time it opens an interesting ethical discussion: Would it be wrong to turn to drugs that promised to alleviate some of the damage caused by EDs while not treating the ED itself? Where does treatment for one condition become complicity for another? And even with the best of evidence-based efforts and intentions, there is still a big percentage of ED treatment failures; is it worthwhile to have other bullets in the gun in case weight restoration efforts fail? I think most parents would vote yes."

Parents? What do you think?
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