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Parvovirus & CFS; Sleep Study for FM; Yeasts a Concern for Immune Compromised Patients

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FEATURES – May 21, 2003:

* Parvovirus Infection and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

* Research: The Effects of Sodium Oxybate on Clinical Symptoms and Sleep Patterns in Patients with Fibromyalgia

* Pathogenic Yeasts and Fungi: A Growing Health Concern (Especially for Immune Compromised Individuals)


* Prunella vulgaris


* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

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


* WeightLossResource.com has launched!

* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs


* NIH to Host CFS Research Workshop


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Feature Articles

Parvovirus Infection and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dr. Charles Shepherd writes, “A wide variety of viral infections – enteroviruses, herpesviruses, hepatitis infections – have been implicated in precipitating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Among the less common causes is parvovirus B19 – an infection which is of growing interest to researchers as it can produce complications which include anaemia (the virus can replicate in the bone marrow), nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy and encephalitis), and miscarriage.”


Research: The Effects of Sodium Oxybate on Clinical Symptoms and Sleep Patterns in Patients with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is associated with the sleep phenomenon of alpha intrusion, and with low growth hormone secretion. Sodium oxybate has been shown to increase both slow-wave sleep and growth hormone levels. This double blind, randomized, placebo controlled crossover trial was conducted to evaluate the effects of sodium oxybate on the subjective symptoms of pain, fatigue, and sleep quality in patients with FM.


Pathogenic Yeasts and Fungi: A Growing Health Concern (Especially for Immune Compromised Individuals)

Like weeds in a lawn, pathogenic fungi and yeasts (single-celled fungi) can invade and overtake our bodies. In people with healthy immune systems, cells called macrophages and neutrophils engulf these pathogens, nipping them in the bud. But when the immune system is weakened by disease or drugs, fungi – much like weeds in your garden, can grow unchecked and cause a variety of health problems.


RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Prunella vulgaris

An agent derived from a common herb – Prunella vulgaris, may effectively treat herpes in animals, according to a new study. Researchers from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia presented their data on May 19th at the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Prunella vulgaris [also known as ‘self-heal’] is a perennial plant commonly found in China, the British Isles, Europe, and North America. In herbal literature, P. vulgaris has been described as a hot water infusion to treat sores in the mouth and throat, according to Song Lee, one of the researchers of the study.

Lee and his colleagues extracted a lignin-carbohydrate compound from the plant, which was incorporated into a topical cream and tested on mice and guinea pigs with experimental herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) infections. Guinea pigs receiving the lignin-carbohydrate complex cream treatment showed a significant reduction in skin lesions compared to those that received no treatment. Mice receiving the lignin-carbohydrate complex cream treatment showed a significant increase in survival rate compared to animals that received no treatment. To read more about these research findings, 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…

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:


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:


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:


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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