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Milnacipran for FM: Phase II Study Complete; Treating Restless Legs Syndrome; The Politics of Defining CFS

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FEATURES – April 9, 2003:

* Fibromyalgia Drug Milnacipran Successful in Phase II Study

* Restless Legs Syndrome: Sufferers Describe Painful and Distressing Leg Symptoms That Can Disrupt Sleep [Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome news]

* Defining an Illness: A Look at the Text and Philosophies of the 1994 Revised Case Definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

* Zyflamend

SUPPORT and COPING

* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

* WeightLossResource.com has launched!

* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

EVENTS

* AFFTER Presents a Patient Conference: Fibromyalgia – More Questions Answered 2003

* CFIDS Awareness Day 2003

ENDNOTES

* Refer a Friend

* Not a Subscriber?

* About Us

Feature Articles

Fibromyalgia Drug Milnacipran Successful in Phase II Study

Milnacipran-treated patients showed statistically significant overall improvement and improvement in pain intensity, according to results presented at the 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society in a symposium entitled, “Fibromyalgia: Current Understanding and Future Directions.” Read more about the research here.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1545

Restless Legs Syndrome: Sufferers Describe Painful and Distressing Leg Symptoms That Can Disrupt Sleep [Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome news]

Requip significantly improves symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and is a generally well-tolerated treatment, according to the results of a study presented at the 55th American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting in Honolulu. Since RLS affects over half of fibromyalgia patients and some Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients as well, this study is promising for those seeking treatment.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1546

Defining an Illness: A Look at the Text and Philosophies of the 1994 Revised Case Definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

According to Craig Maupin of the CFIDS Report, “It doesn’t take an advanced scientific pedigree to realize that what the authors of the CDC Case Definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) were crafting was a recipe for confusion. It also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to come to the conclusion that this is not subgrouping. Failure to classify patients by distinct symptoms has led to a severe loss of respect for the CFS research community.”

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1547

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Zyflamend

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a Harvard Medical School graduate who also holds an AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University. He is a clinical professor of internal medicine as well as the founder and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Center in Tucson. Dr. Weil is an internationally recognized expert on medicinal herbs, mind-body interactions, and Integrative Medicine.

When recently asked whether he thinks herbs can support a healthy response to inflammation, Dr. Weil recommended a combination of turmeric, ginger and boswellin – which is found in Zyflamend, a formula Dr. Weil frequently recommends. To learn more about these herbs and Dr. Weil’s recommendations, click on the link below:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1548

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=1550

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=1549

WeightLossResource.com has launched!

Pro Health is proud to announce that our premier weight management website, WeightLossResource.com, is now online!

Living a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment to eating right, being active and controlling your weight. WeightLossResource.com has been created to help you achieve your weight loss goals and lead a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and adequate exercise.

At WeightLossResource.com, you’ll find all the tools you need to meet your weight loss goals, including a library of articles, diet plans, food calorie, metabolism and exercise calculators, high quality supplements, and our own nutritional consultant – Jennifer Benson, R.D., to answer all your questions. You’ll find additional support in our community area which includes a chat room and message board where you can communicate with other people who are striving to meet their goals, too.

To visit WeightLossResource.com, click on the link below:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1557

ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

Pro Health is happy 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:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1554

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=1551

CFIDS Awareness Day 2003

PWCs, their families and friends are encouraged to educate others about the reality and seriousness of CFIDS on May 12 of every year. The CFIDS Association of America has prepared a special packet with everything you need to participate in CFIDS Awareness Day.

Even if you miss the 2003 CFIDS Awareness Day, you can use the tools in this packet to start preparing for 2004 CFIDS Awareness Day or to help with your year-round awareness efforts.

The packet includes:

–Guidelines for May 12 activities, including guidelines for developing a proclamation and a sample proclamation

–Advocacy information, including a sample advocacy letter, CFIDS message points and facts about the Government’s response to CFIDS.

–Media information, including a sample media letter, message points and suggestions for public awareness activities.

–Lobby Day 2003 information, including registration forms.

Click on the following link for the 2003 CFIDS Awareness Day packet:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1553

REFER A FRIEND!

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