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
* Geranium Oil
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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:
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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.
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