FEATURE ARTICLES – August 13, 2003:
* How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treated? Excerpt from “The CFS Handbook” by Derek Enlander, M.D.
* NIH CFS Workshop Report: Juan Lopez, M.D., on the Effects of Stress & Antidepressants on the Brain in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Planning Your Exercise Regimen: An Excerpt from Claudia Marek’s “The First Year–Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed”
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* CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course: Fall Signups
* CFIDS Lobby Day 2003
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How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treated? Excerpt from “The CFS Handbook” by Derek Enlander, M.D.
“How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treated?” is an excerpt from “The CFS Handbook” by Derek Enlander, M.D. Dr. Enlander is in private practice in New York where he sees CFS and FM patients, is on the faculty of Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City and serves as President of the Israel Medical Research Foundation.
NIH CFS Workshop Report: Juan Lopez, M.D., on the Effects of Stress & Antidepressants on the Brain in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
According to Rich Van Konynenburg, Ph.D., “Juan Lopez, M.D., has clinical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, and his research area involves the effects of stress hormones and antidepressants on the brain. His talk at the recent NIH CFS Workshop was entitled ‘Stress and Antidepressant Modulation of the Limbic-Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis.'”
Planning Your Exercise Regimen: An Excerpt from Claudia Marek’s “The First Year–Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed”
Fibromyalgia patient-expert, counselor, medical assistant and author Claudia Marek, M.A., writes, “Personally, I believe that walking is the best place for fibromyalgics to start. It is probably well within your physical capacity to walk at least a short distance, and it provides most of the health benefits you’re looking for. But if you’ve selected swimming or bike riding, all of this information applies as well.” Read her excellent exercise and stretching tips here.
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Lipids
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in an August 11, 2003 NIH News Release, “While genes and proteins have long held starring roles in biomedical research, lipids — fats and oils — often have a more direct effect on human health. A new grant from the National Institutes of Health puts lipids at center stage in an ambitious scientific project that promises to shed light on heart disease, arthritis and other major illnesses.”
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Imbalances in lipids cause or play a role in diseases that affect millions of people worldwide. Essential to life, lipids come in a wide variety and have many functions in the cell. They can be stored as an energy reserve for the cell. They make up cell membranes and are involved in communication within and between cells.
“Lipids are the most important biomolecules because they are the ultimate controllers and regulators of our bodily processes,” said Edward Dennis, Ph.D., a chemistry and biochemistry professor at the University of California, San Diego, and principal investigator of the Lipid MAPS Consortium. To read more about lipids and this promising new research project, click on the following link:
Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner!
Dealing with the day-to-day struggles of living with a chronic illness can be trying. Coping Corner is the spot where you can find the online support you need to get through your day. Featuring personal stories, advice columnist Eunice Beck, RN, book reviews, and more.
Got Questions? Here Are Answers…
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CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course: Fall Signups
Signups are now underway for the fall groups of the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help course. The course, which begins Sept 15, is an 8-week, solution-oriented email discussion group that focuses on practical strategies for coping with common problems of CFIDS and fibromyalgia. The cost of the course, which includes a copy of “The CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help Book,” is $25.
Visit the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help website to learn more and to register:
CFIDS Lobby Day 2003
Congressional Activities: Lobby Day
Personal contact from voters who care about CFIDS is the secret weapon in the CFIDS advocacy arsenal. To facilitate contact with elected officials, The CFIDS Association of America sponsors an annual Washington, D.C., Lobby Day event. This year, Lobby Day will be held September 17-18, 2003.
On Lobby Day, CFIDS advocates from around the country, including persons with CFIDS (PWCs) and their family members and friends, come together on Capitol Hill to personally educate Congress about CFIDS and ask for help in securing an improved federal response to the illness.
Lobby Day participants are trained on effective meeting strategies and provided with materials to share with elected officials so they will feel confident and prepared before their first meeting.
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