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Dr. Klimas’s NIH CFS Talk; American Pain Society Conference Report; Dr. Shepherd on CFS and Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

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FEATURE ARTICLES – July 09, 2003:

* Summary: Nancy Klimas, M.D.’s Talk at the NIH Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Workshop

* Conference Report: Highlights From the 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society

* Dr. Charles Shepherd on the Similarities Between Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

* Geranium Oil

SUPPORT and COPING

* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

* Got Questions? Here are Answers…Find them in our Chat Room

EVENT

* Fibromyalgia Society of Ontario Provincial Conference and Annual General Meeting

ANNOUNCEMENT

* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

ENDNOTES

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Feature Articles

Summary: Nancy Klimas, M.D.’s Talk at the NIH Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Workshop

Rich Van Konynenburg, Ph.D., writes, “Nancy Klimas, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine, Psychology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She is the Principal Investigator of one of the three NIH sponsored CFS Research Centers. She has conducted research on the immunology of CFS since the late 1980s. Her talk at the NIH CFS workshop on June 12, 2003, focused on the immune dysfunction observed in CFS.” Read the summary here.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1908

Conference Report: Highlights From the 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society

Traditionally, the American Pain Society’s (APS) annual meeting mixes science and clinical practice in a milieu of educational workshops, with original research abstracts presented in a relatively small poster session. But as scientific and clinical advances in pain medicine expand, the amount and variety of original research presented at the annual meeting of the APS has grown in breadth and depth.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1909

Dr. Charles Shepherd on the Similarities Between Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dr. Charles Shepherd writes, “There is a very good review of the illness known as primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) in a recent edition of The Lancet medical journal. As PBC has a number of important similarities to ME/CFS, and occasionally gets misdiagnosed as ME/CFS, I will run through some key points.”

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1910

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Geranium Oil

In 1992, geranium oil (the active ingredient in Neuragen™ C) was tested in a multicenter, monitored, placebo-controlled study for safety and efficacy in the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). This is a chronic neuropathic pain condition caused by an outbreak of shingles (Herpes zoster). The study protocol followed a ‘gold standard’ for pain studies that was designed at the NIH.

The design applied one treatment per day in a single-blinded, randomized, prospective, balanced crossover study of five groups of six patients each (30 patients total). Five treatments were tested: 100% geranium oil, 50% geranium oil with mineral oil, 10% geranium oil, 0% geranium oil (placebo), and Zostrix (capsaicin 0.025%) as a positive control. Spontaneous and evoked (allodynia) pain were measured on two scales (5 point category scale and visual analog scale) several times during the hour following application.

The researchers considered the results to be statistically significant, which showed that better than 3 out of 5 patients reported effective pain relief. Geranium oil began relieving pain within 5 to 15 minutes and relief was still increasing at the end of one hour. To read more about this research, click on the link below:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1911

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.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1913

Got Questions? Here Are Answers…

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Just click on the link below to find friends and support in the message boards and chat room:

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Fibromyalgia Society of Ontario Provincial Conference and Annual General Meeting

What: Building a Strong Fibromyalgia Community – The Fibromyalgia Society of Ontario Provincial Conference and Annual General Meeting

When: August 14-17th, 2003

Where: Grenville Christian College in Brockville, Ontario, Canada

Purpose: Bringing together people with fibromyalgia, their families, friends, and treatment professionals to educate and empower.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Manfred Harth, St. Joseph’s Health Care Center, London, Ontario, on “Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Biological, psychological, and social aspects.”

Discussions include: Issues in disability, leadership in self-help and support groups, research indicatives.

Registration fee: $35 members, $50 non-members, $60 membership and registration combined.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1916

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Pro Health is happy to offer CFS & FM Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs at ImmuneSupport.com! We have designed these features to enable CFS & FM sites all over the world to get connected so we can work together to share important information and resources with our readers.

We invite webmasters to post headlines for the latest CFS & FM treatments and breaking news on your websites (linking to the complete content), in addition to linking to CFS & FM events, chat forums and message boards. We also invite CFS and FM related websites to link with us. To learn more about these programs, click on the link below:

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