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Joint Hypermobility: A Cause of FM?; Treating CFS & FM: Exclusive Physician Interview; Research: Water Exercise for FM

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FEATURE ARTICLES – October 1, 2003:

* Can Being Double-Jointed Cause Pain – or Fibromyalgia?

* Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: Interview with David Moskowitz, M.D.

* Research: Pool-Based Exercise vs. Balneotherapy for Fibromyalgia Syndrome

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

* Dry Eye Syndrome

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

* Not a Subscriber?

* About Us

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Feature Articles

Can Being Double-Jointed Cause Pain – or Fibromyalgia?

According to Mary Anne Dunkin, “Being able to bend your joints beyond their natural range of motion may do more than make you the life of the party. Research has suggested this ability (called joint hypermobility) might up your odds of developing fibromyalgia — or at least a ‘fibromyalgia-like syndrome.'”

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2153

Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: Interview with David Moskowitz, M.D.

In this exclusive interview, David Moskowitz, M.D., discusses his approach to treating autoimmune diseases, and his belief that CFS and FM are autoimmune in nature. He also describes Autoimmune Fatigue Syndrome, and what he believes its relationship to fibromyalgia is, claiming “autoimmunity could explain the controversial disease entities of FM and/or CFS.” Read about Dr. Moskowitz’s treatment recommendations and his new research plan.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2154

Research: Pool-Based Exercise vs. Balneotherapy for Fibromyalgia Syndrome

The aim of this study was to compare pool-based exercise and balneotherapy for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients. The study included 50 female patients diagnosed with FMS. Evaluation parameters included pain, morning stiffness, sleep, tender points, and feedback from both patients and physicians.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2155

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Dry Eye Syndrome

Nearly 3.2 million American women age 50 and older suffer from dry eye syndrome, a painful, debilitating eye disease, according to an epidemiological study by scientists from Schepens Eye Research Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The study, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the largest study of its kind, indicates that dry eye in women is an important health issue that may often remain undiagnosed.

To obtain their results, Debra Schaumberg, ScD, OD, MPH, the senior author of the study, and her team surveyed over 37,000 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Study, the landmark, BWH-based Women’s Health Study. Survey questions were designed to elicit information about an individual’s history of diagnosed dry eye syndrome or evidence of severe symptoms. To read more about this important study, click on the link below:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2156

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=2160

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=2157

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=2158

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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Refer a Friend!

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