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First TMD, Then FM?; Brain Metabolism in CFS; Cause of RLS Found?

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FEATURES – June 11, 2003:

* First Comes TMD, Then Fibromyalgia?

* Brain Metabolism Different in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

* New Study Suggests Cause for Restless Legs Syndrome


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* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

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* NIH to Host CFS Research Workshop


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First Comes TMD, Then Fibromyalgia?

To further complicate diagnosis, new connections reveal TMD (temporomandibular disorders) may be related to fibromyalgia, according to a report in a recent 2003 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

Brain Metabolism Different in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

According to a recent report in the CFS Research Review (published by the CFIDS Association of America), research from Scotland finds that patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) may show different metabolism characteristics than controls in the left basal ganglia region of the brain.

New Study Suggests Cause for Restless Legs Syndrome

Because little is known about what causes restless legs syndrome (RLS), researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University went looking for answers. The team, led by James Connor, Ph.D., performed the first-ever autopsy analysis of the brains of people with RLS. This research, presented on June 5, 2003 at the Association of Professional Sleep Societies meeting in Chicago, uncovered a possible explanation for this syndrome.

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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:

NIH to Host CFS Research Workshop

Neuro-Immune Mechanisms and CFS: Will understanding central mechanisms enhance the search for the causes, consequences and treatment of CFS?

The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a scientific workshop designed to enhance understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) by examining the interface between the brain, immune system and symptoms of CFS and related disorders.

The workshop will be held June 12-13, 2003 at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel. Dr. Leslie Crofford of University of Michigan and Dr. Dedra Buchwald of University of Washington will chair.

Scientists from NIH and academic institutions, representing diverse disciplines will explore the mechanisms by which hormones, cytokines and other mediators act as intermediaries between the brain and other body systems. The potential application of new technologies in the study of these mediators and their central and peripheral actions will also be discussed. NIH intends for these deliberations to form the basis for future interdisciplinary initiatives.

Presentations will be given on the HPA axis, autonomic nervous system, neuroactive drugs, sleep, imaging studies (including PET and functional MRI scans), genomics and more. Dr. Vivian Pinn, ORWH director, will deliver opening remarks followed by introductory talks by Drs. Crofford and Buchwald.

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