ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Ultrasound Therapy for Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease

Curcumin: The All In One Solution, Part 2

What Are the Benefits of Vitamin K2?

Vitamin D deficiency + high fat diet = metabolic syndrome

Why You Should Take Your Apple Cider Vinegar at Night

Use Burdock Oil to Promote Healthy Hair Growth

AMA journal associates iron deficiency with hearing loss

Meet Your Weight Loss Goals

People with forms of early-onset Parkinson's disease may benefit from boosting niacin in diet, resea...

Lutein linked to preservation of crystallized intelligence

 
Print Page
Email Article

Does Fibromyalgia Run in Families?

  [ 1022 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • September 5, 2003


Researchers have found that fibromyalgia is more common among the siblings, parents and children of those who have fibromyalgia than in the general population. But their research didn't clear up whether this phenomenon was the result of nature or nurture. A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will examine the role nature might play.

Jane Olson, Ph.D., a genetic researcher at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, recently began a four-year, $2 million project to map genes in the selected relatives of 160 families with a history of fibromyalgia. "We're searching for genes that may cause fibromyalgia. If we find them, then we can learn about what's causing the syndrome on a biological level," says Olson. She expects those findings will help researchers develop effective treatments for fibromyalgia.

In a previous study, Muhammad Yunus, M.D., a rheumatologist at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, found a link between fibromyalgia and a specific genetic marker by studying 40 families in which close relatives had fibromyalgia. That study was limited, however, because it only looked at one genetic marker present on the cells, notes Dr. Yunus, who will help conduct Dr. Olson's study as a co-investigator.

Some researchers think psychological and social factors play a role in fibromyalgia because the syndrome has been found in people who have histories of physical and sexual abuse, alcoholism or depression in their families. To address these concerns, Olson plans to examine psychological and stress factors in her study, too.

Whether there is a genetic cause of fibromyalgia has been a contentious topic for researchers to explore, notes David Sherry, M.D., director of pediatric rheumatology at the Children's Hospital in Seattle. "Proving this is like proving the nature vs. nurture aspects of overweight children," he says. Families and doctors both hold strong opinions and it's easy to offend one side or the other. Plus, the criteria for diagnosing fibromyalgia tend to be subjective, and that makes it hard to research psychological or genetic factors in a statistical way, Dr. Sherry adds.

Other researchers are examining familial tendencies toward pain syndromes in general, not just toward fibromyalgia. The NIH recently awarded Lesley Arnold, M.D., a rheumatologist at the University of Cincinnati, a grant to study the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and mood disorders in the close relatives of people with fibromyalgia.

Source: (c) 2003 The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org)



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Ultra ATP+, Double Strength

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
NAD+ Ignite with Niagen

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength

Natural Remedies

When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear
Secret Nutrient for Radiant Skin Secret Nutrient for Radiant Skin
Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker
Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging
Itching to Find Dry Skin Relief? Itching to Find Dry Skin Relief?

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map