Share LinkedIn Email Pinterest Eight years ago, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched a new kind of clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of online therapy – delivered through group chat sessions – to face-to-face group therapy for the treatment of bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder marked by recurrent episodes of binge eating (or eating an unusually large amount of food and feeling out of control) coupled with purging behaviors such as vomiting, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise.Now results from the study, published online by the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, show that online group therapy can be just as effective as face-to-face treatment, although the pace of recovery may be slower.“Bulimia nervosa is a devastating and sometimes deadly illness, and research has shown for years that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for bulimia is the most effective treatment, said Stephanie Zerwas, PhD, first author of the study, associate professor of psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine, and clinical director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. “I know that too many people have to travel for hours to find expert eating disorders treatment. Online treatment could help us bridge that gap.” In the study, 179 adults started 16 sessions of group therapy with a therapist at one of two study sites: UNC-Chapel Hill and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Assignment to either the online group or the traditional face-to-face group was completely random.Researchers compared the results of the two groups at the end of treatment, and then again 12 months later. Immediately after treatment, the face-to-face group produced better results than the online group, when it came to helping patients reach a point where they were completely free of binge eating and purging. But by the 12-month follow-up, the gap in treatment results between the two groups had narrowed dramatically; neither method of delivery (online versus face-to-face therapy) was better than the other.“We have evidence-based treatments that are effective for many people with bulimia, but many people don’t have access to specialist care,” said Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at UNC, founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, and director of the Center for Eating Disorders Innovation at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. “This study encourages us to use technology to bring treatment to the patients who can’t come to us.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
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MUAWA Secretary Chris CainInternational speakers highlighted concerns about the safety of Chevron operations at a public meeting attended by over 300 people in Perth, Western Australia. The forum, hosted by the Maritime Union of Australia (WA Branch) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation, featured Mike Smith, a union official from the United Steelworkers’ Union Local 5 in Richmond California who travelled to Perth to address the meeting in person.The Chevron facility in Richmond California is the location of a major explosion that saw 15,000 people sent to hospital two years ago.Mr. Smith is a former operator and OHS representative at the refinery in Richmond who spoke about his union’s experiences of Chevron’s commitment to the safety of their workforce and the local community.When asked by a member of the audience if he felt that, based on his experiences, the Australian community should trust Chevron to operate safely on Barrow Island, an A class nature reserve, Smith answered “no”.MUAWA Secretary Christy Cain said that West Australians need to understand the lessons from the Richmond plant, especially as Chevron seeks to bring its Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG plants online over the next few years.“With Gorgon being built on a A-Class nature reserve, and Wheatstone being built close to onshore communities, it is vitally important that all Western Australians have an understanding of Chevron’s safety record,” Cain said.[mappress]Press Release, July 28, 2014
SgurrEnergy has been involved in 288MW Butendiek offshore wind farm since 2011 and has completed construction monitoring services on behalf of the project lenders.The Butendiek wind farm, located approximately 32 km west of the German island of Sylt, was developed by wpd AG and comprises of 80 Siemens wind turbines which will be a source of renewable energy for approximately 370,000 households.SgurrEnergy, a Glasgow-based consultancy contracted by the kfw IPEX-Bank, was initially carrying out pre-financial close technical advisory services, through to construction monitoring activities on behalf of the project lenders. During the construction phase, SgurrEnergy’s scope included reporting to the project lenders on construction progress, programme and budget reviews, as well as on site monitoring of progress through visits to onshore and offshore construction sites.SgurrEnergy’s Kevin Murphy, Project Manager, said: “We would like to congratulate all of the team at wpd AG on achieving this significant milestone. We’ve been involved in the project since the financing process began and it’s great to have been able to attend the official opening to see the project now operational, just four years later. The successful execution of this project is testament to the hard work of wpd AG and we look forward to working with them in the future.”Image: wpd
Swedish marine survey specialist, MMT, will be exhibiting at Subsea Expo 2016 to present its new fast survey method with Surveyor Interceptor ROV (SROV).The Europe’s largest annual subsea exhibition and conference takes place in Aberdeen AECC on February 3-5.At the last year’s event, MMT presented their development of the new survey ROV. This time, at stand 112, MMT’s SROV experts will present its latest techniques on high resolution seabed mapping.“SROV is new on the market and with its high speed capacity the time span needed to carry out the survey will dramatically be reduced and still secure sharp data images for decision making on pipeline and marine cable projects,” the company said in a press release.In addition, visitors will also meet MMT’s survey experts to learn about its innovative approach to UXO detection and clearance.
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The opening of a plant of a cable reel manufacturer at the quay where CTS loads Wartsila ships’ engines has provided this trade for CTS.The company is also involved in heavy lift operations in the area of Trieste as a shareholder in local company Logitruck, which undertakes operations moving Wartsila ships’ engines and Redaelli cable drums. Logitruck handles freight for shipping line Samer & Co.Last year the companies worked together to handle the movement of a disassembled Liebherr shore crane through Triest. The crane arrived in Triest onboard a Beluga Projects vessel and CTS was contracted to manage shoreside movements using Logitruck equipment available in the port.The largest section was 60 m long, weighing some 100 tonnes and CTS / Logitruck handled movements from alongside the ship to the assembly area . The crane was eventually loaded onto a barge and transported from Triest to Koper.
Hit musical soap Glee inspired Sheffield and Doncaster solicitors Taylor Bracewell and Bhayani Bracewell to put new skills to the test – penning a song that won the Best Teamwork Award in the Glee Bah Business competition. The song, apparently the second in the history of Taylor Bracewell (although no one has heard the previous attempt since 1984), was written by the team in lightning speed to hit the deadline. Based on Queen’s We are the Champions, Taylor Bracewell and Bhayani Bracewell’s We are the Lawyers was a perfect way to inject a bit of fun into highlighting the firm’s core values: ‘We are the lawyers my friends and we fight for you to the end…’ Employment solicitor Katie Beal (far left) says: ‘It really was fantastic fun. It’s not often we get to put our minds to something un-legal. We’re no musical maestros and most of us couldn’t hold a tune in a bucket (me most certainly!), but as with any challenge, legal or not, we gave it our all, and with the help of the Really Neet College and Higher Rhythm Recording Studios, we are just delighted that we managed to pull it off and support such a good cause as the Master Cutler’s Challenge. We enjoyed the challenge so much and the team award really was an added bonus. It is fantastic that people outside the firm can see the sense of teamwork we have within it.’ The lyrics to Taylor Bracewell and Bhayani Bracewell’s We are the Lawyers can be read at the website. Apparently, callers to the firm will also be able to listen to a performance on the telephone hold system.
An international group of lawyers has called on Bermuda’s Premier David Burt to support a Supreme Court decision to reverse a ban on same-sex marriage in the country.The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has written to Burt, calling on him to show leadership to Caribbean countries that discriminate against their gay citizens, the Royal Gazette newspaper reported on Wednesday.It follows a decision by the Bermuda government to launch an appeal last month against a ruling by former Chief Justice Ian Kawaley that allowed gay marriage.Letter to BritainThe IBAHRI also wrote to former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to condemn the UK government’s failure to advise Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin to withhold assent to the Domestic Partnership Act (DPA), which put a block on gay marriage last December.The letter to Burt, who has so far declined to comment, welcomed the “positive development made by the Bermuda Supreme Court with respect to the human rights of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) citizens of Bermuda.”Bermuda became the only country in the world to allow gay marriage and then revoke it after the DPA was passed.Supreme Court ruling reversed The DPA reversed a Supreme Court ruling from May last year which paved the way for gay couples to marry in Bermuda and on island-registered ships around the world. The legislation came into force on June 1 and revoked the right of same-sex couples to marry and offered them, and heterosexual couples, legally recognized civil unions.The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same sex-marriage in 2001.
Republic of Congo’s embassy in Paris, France was attacked early Tuesday morning with petrol bombs that landed at the building’s reception reports Jeune Afrique.The attackers crashed through the front gate of the embassy with their vehicle before throwing the homemade –bottles filled with flammable liquid that is ignited on attack- bombs to the building leaving it on fire. Fortunately, the fire did not reach the offices. The assailants torched their vehicles as well before leaving.There was no guard on site during the 1 am attack. No one was harmed in the attack.Identity of the attackers is yet to be known and no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The French police have opened an investigation into the matter.Congo embassies abroad have come under attack by supporters of radical opposition against the ruling regimes in the diaspora, for example the 2015 attack that was staged by eight people on the Embassy of Congo in Paris. The attacker were calling for the annulment of the referendum proposed by President Denis Sassou Nguesso, they were placed into custody after bursting and causing damage to the Embassy of Congo in Paris.