FEATURES – February 19, 2003:
* Kent Holtorf, M.D., on Effective Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
* Final Results of Milnacipran Phase II Study in Fibromyalgia Syndrome
* Chinese Medicine Promising for Irritable Bowel Syndrome [CFS & FM News]
SUPPORT and COPING
* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner
* Got Questions? Here are Answers…Find them in our Chat Room
* Make the Most of It! Treating and Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Myofascial Pain Syndrome
* AFFTER Presents a Patient Conference: Fibromyalgia – More Questions Answered 2003
* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs
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Kent Holtorf, M.D., on Effective Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
According to Kent Holtorf, M.D., “the medical literature is very clear that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) are legitimate diseases, and individuals with these syndromes have measurable hypothalamic, pituitary, immune and coagulation dysfunction. These abnormalities then result in a cascade of further abnormalities, in which stress plays a role.” Dr. Holtorf discusses his approach to effectively treating CFS and FM.
Final Results of Milnacipran Phase II Study in Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Drugmaker Cypress Bioscience announced on February 10, 2003 the topline final results of a Phase II clinical trial evaluating milnacipran as a treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Milnacipran was shown to provide statistically significant improvement of pain, the hallmark symptom of FMS. This trial is the first to evaluate milnacipran as a potential treatment for FMS.
Chinese Medicine Promising for Irritable Bowel Syndrome [CFS & FM News]
According to researchers, IBS is a common disorder that brings with it a significant burden of illness, poor quality of life, high rates of absenteeism and high health care utilization. Because management options are difficult and many times ineffective, researchers noted many physicians and patients lean toward alternative therapies to alleviate symptoms such as flatulence, abdominal pain and irregular bowel habits.
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: SAM-e
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, has assembled the evidence available on s-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAM-e) and has shown actual benefit for the treatment of depression, osteoarthritis, and liver disease.
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The AHRQ report reviewed the literature on the use of SAM-e in these conditions and identified 294 meta-analyses, clinical trials, and reports, of which 99 articles referencing 102 studies met the screening criteria. Of these 102 studies, most of which enrolled small numbers of patients, 47 focused on depression, 14 focused on osteoarthritis, and 41 focused on liver disease.
To read more about the AHRQ report and the promising data supporting the benefits of SAM-e, click on the link below:
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.
Got Questions? Here Are Answers…
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Make the Most of It! Treating and Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Medical and legal professionals – and patients, join together for a special one-day conference designed to increase understanding and awareness of current medical and wellness trends for fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
When: Saturday, March 22, 2003 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where: Clarion Hotel, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Who: Featured speakers are Hal Blatman, M.D., Scott E. Davis, JD, Steven P. Krafchick, M.P.H., JD, Devin J. Starlanyl, Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.
For more information including how to register to attend, please go to: http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1331
AFFTER Presents a Patient Conference: Fibromyalgia – More Questions Answered 2003
AFFTER (Advocates for Fibromyalgia Funding, Treatment, Education and Research) present an educational patient conference welcoming medical professionals. Muhammad Yunus, M.D., is the keynote speaker.
When: Saturday, April 26, 2003
Where: Interstate Center, 2301 Market Street, Bloomington, Illinois
Who: Featured speakers are Muhammad Yunus, M.D., Michael McNett, M.D., Sue Nelson, CAS, Jeffrey Rabin, Esq., Nell French, PsyD, Marilyn Myles, MSW, LSCW. Speaker presentations will be followed by Q and A sessions.
For more information including registration and vendor arrangements, please go to: http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1332
ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs
Pro Health is happy to announce our new 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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