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Subject: Treatment & Research News - FM Version
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Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 00:04:01 -0700
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FM HealthWatch Treatment & Research News March 21, 2007
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS (
Transfer factors: Immune 'sticky notes'
New FM exercise, IBS studies recruiting
Major Chicago FM Patient Conference
O24® supports FM comfort
THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL
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Why Do ME/CFS & FM Share the Same Awareness Day?
Have you noticed that May 12 is International Awareness Day for both ME/CFS and
FMS? The reason for the shared date lies in a bit of history.
In 1992 ME/CFS patient and advocate Tom Hennessy proposed that May 12 be
designated as "International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and
Neurological Diseases (CIND)" - a day to speak out and demand that governments
respond to these devastating illnesses. It was an idea that galvanized
the patient and advocate communities and has gained momentum ever since.
CIND is an umbrella term that includes Gulf War Syndrome and Multiple Chemical
Sensitivity Syndrome as well as ME/CFS and FMS. These, Hennessy
reasoned, are all "characterized by cognitive problems, chronic muscle and joint
pain, extremely poor stamina," and more; are potentially very
debilitating; "afflict people around the world in alarming numbers"; and above
all are often "dismissed by the medical profession as...psychosomatic
And why this date - May 12? It marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale - a
British healthcare reformer (1820-1910) who broke the trail for modern
hygienic, compassionate medical care and public health, served the wounded
gallantly during the Crimean war, and became known as the founder of
modern nursing. But in addition to being one of the greatest change-makers in
all of medical history, Florence Nightingale suffered the latter half
of her life often bedridden with an unidentified CINDs-like syndrome. Various
groups diagnose her illness in hindsight as either FMS or ME/CFS. But
for all, she is a worthy hero.
Hoping you'll find a way to lend your voice to this Awareness Day,
Rich Carson, CFS Patient and ProHealth Founder
*(Note: This Founder's Corner also ran in our March 7th CFS newsletter.
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Transfer Factor and the Importance of a Healthy Immune System
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New Clinical Trials
Continued Study of New FM Exercise Therapy Mode Now Recruiting
A tailored "lifestyle physical activity" program may allow FM patients to
overcome the exercise "Catch 22" and achieve improvements in pain and
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Trial of Investigational Drug for Treatment of IBS
This study will investigate the efficacy and safety of a pharmaceutical drug for
symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - "in particular
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FM in the News
Attend Chicago Patient Event May 18-20 to Mark FM Awareness Month
The Fibromyalgia Association for Education and Self-Help (FACES) is sponsoring a
national FM & CFS patient education/public awareness conference in
Chicago May 18-20. "Crossing the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Bridge to Move from
Victim to Victor" is the theme, and more than 25 experts will speak.
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Jury Awards $15.4 Million to FM/CFS Patient
A California jury instructed a major insurance company to pay disability
benefits and penalties to a patient diagnosed with FM, CFS, and Lupus.
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Quercetin Gets High Grade in Defense Department-Funded Trial
A "groundbreaking" clinical trial funded by the DOD indicates the plant-based
antioxidant supplement quercetin can support reduced viral infections
and maintain mental function in individuals subjected to extreme physical
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Letters From Our Readers
The Letter of the Week
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Comments & Suggestions
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Correlation between foods & pain
Quotation attribution error
A spouse's point of view
Large print not large enough
Duloxetine's adverse effects
Personal experiences with duloxetine
Q & A Session
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Looking for basic FM info
Is anybody out there?
Differentiating stroke, FM effects
FM or Lyme disease?
More Lyme talk needed
Emergency intervention resources?
Pain's effect on depression?
Low white counts & FM linked?
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FM Research Abstracts
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essential oils associated with clinically important effect on FM pain
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"Lifestyle physical activity" (vs. traditional exercise) benefits FM patients
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trial finding FM not a function of "depressotypic" personality
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depression risk linked more to helplessness/loss feelings than symptoms
( http://www.up0.net/ct.html?rtr=on&s=d7m,2vto,6k,w4x,9opa,jdke,8rav ) Survey
provides FM patient 'snapshot' - from symptoms to medications
( http://www.up0.net/ct.html?rtr=on&s=d7m,2vto,6k,1z9t,c73l,jdke,8rav ) Sleep
disruption in RA patient study relates strongly to perceived stress
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Multidimensional rehab effective intervention for FM & myofascial pain
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Consensus on diagnostic criteria for myofascial pain syndrome lacking
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Benefits/adverse events with buprenorphine (pain drug) patches in practice
( http://www.up0.net/ct.html?rtr=on&s=d7m,2vto,6k,fqvi,ipnz,jdke,8rav ) "Central
sensitivity syndromes" concept as umbrella for FM, CFS, IBS, etc.?
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biomedical model inadequate for treating chronic musculoskeletal
Non-drug Health Studies
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"provides clear rationale for the use of probiotics" in IBS*
( http://www.up0.net/ct.html?rtr=on&s=d7m,2vto,6k,gjk9,2gxy,jdke,8rav ) How
alpha-lipoic acid supports reduced risk of pre-diabetes syndrome
One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home. - Pam Brown
Waiting for Others to Call
When we're feeling depressed and in emotional turmoil or we're having a hard
day, it is our responsibility to pick up the phone and ask for support.
Waiting for others to call can be an infinite wait in times of need. At times
it's easy to look at the phone and think to ourselves, "No one cares or
they would call." We ask, "Where are they? Don't they know I'm feeling like
this?" Chances are they don't...
For some of us, the hardest thing to do is ask for help in time of need. We feel
they are our troubles, and no one else's. Yet we want the phone to
ring. We must cast our fears and pride aside, take the first step in receiving
support, and pick up the phone - or we will continue to wait for
others to call.
From 'Living With Chronic Pain One Day At A Time', by Mark Allan Zabawa
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* Note: This article first appeared in last week's CFS Edition of CFS & FM
HealthWatch (March 14, 2007)