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Gulf War Vets Risk ALS; Pain Relief with Geranium Oil; CFS Linked to Stress Response

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FEATURE ARTICLES – October 8, 2003:

* Gulf War Veterans are Developing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

* Research: Relief of Post-Herpetic Neuralgia Pain with Topical Geranium Oil

* Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Related to Stress Response?

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

* DHEA

SUPPORT and COPING

* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

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

EVENT

* Conference: “New Visions” – The Minnesota Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association

ANNOUNCEMENT

* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

ENDNOTES

* Refer a Friend

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* About Us

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Feature Articles

Gulf War Veterans are Developing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

US veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War are twice as likely as the general public to develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a type of motor neuron disease. This is a finding of two studies published in the current issue of the journal Neurology.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2173

Research: Relief of Post-Herpetic Neuralgia Pain with Topical Geranium Oil

Post-herpetic neuralgia has the features of all neuropathic pain syndromes: sensory abnormalities, ongoing pain, allodynia, a well-defined pathogenesis and a well-defined onset. In a multi-center, double-blind crossover design study, topical geranium oil produced a significant reduction in pain compared to placebo.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2174

Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Related to Stress Response?

Researchers in Germany found that subtle alterations of a hormonal stress response system called the HPA axis may play a role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, according to a 2002 study published in Psychosomatic Medicine.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2175

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: DHEA

There is new evidence that DHEA has a protective effect against age-related disorders, including cardiovascular disease.

The dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) concentration in the body decreases with age. Researchers in Japan examined the effect of DHEA supplementation (25 mg/d) on endothelial function, insulin sensitivity, and fibrinolytic activity in 24 men with hypercholesterolemia (mean age, 54 +/- 1 yr) in a randomized, double-blind study. To read the research abstract, click on the link below:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2176

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=2180

Got Questions? Here Are Answers…

Need a specialist in your location? Not sure what sleep meds are the best? Don’t know how to deal with the spouse, kids, and dog? Who better to help you than your fellow readers at ImmuneSupport.com? When you post a question to the message board, you can be assured of speedy and helpful replies. Other people have been through the same struggles and are happy to share their wisdom. It’s easy, too!

If you’re feeling chattier, go to the chat room and ‘talk’ to others in real time. You can let people know when you’ll be there by posting a note to the message boards.

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

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2177

Conference: “New Visions” – The Minnesota Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association

The Minnesota Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association presents a conference on the latest research and treatments for CFS and FM:

“NEW VISIONS: Outcome Changing Interventions for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia”

Where: United Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota

When: Sunday, October 12, 2003

Who: Presenters include Daniel Clauw, M.D., Darlene Kvist, MS, CNS, LN, and Rick Snyder, JD.

What: Topics to be covered include “Fibromyalgia, CFS and Related Syndromes”; “Jump Start Your Energy!”; “Private Disability Insurance” and more.

For more information and to register online, please visit:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2178

ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

Pro Health is proud 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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