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Published December 17, 2013, 06:49 PM

UND doctor part of team doing research on eating disorders

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Eating Disorders affect nearly eleven million Americans. With so much still unknown about the illness, doctors are continuing to do research, some of it in our own back yard.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Eating Disorders affect nearly eleven million Americans.

With so much still unknown about the illness, doctors are continuing to do research, some of it in our own back yard.

James Mitchell, a doctor and Chairman of UND's Clinical Neuroscience department, is part of a team taking a look at the genetic connection with eating disorders.

Mitchell says that the medical industry knows eating disorders can be hereditary, and now they are asking the question why, hoping to find an answer, and make a difference.

James Mitchell, M.D./President, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute: “Well our hope is we can come up with a genetic profile that allows us to predict patients that are particularly high risk. That's a group we can intervene in.”

Mitchell's team is working out of the NRI building here in Fargo, part of a global effort of doctors representing three dozen countries.

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