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Restless Legs & FM; Co-Infections in CFS; Magnetic Field Exposure & Fatigue

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FEATURES – January 29, 2003:

* Restless Legs Syndrome and Leg Cramps in Fibromyalgia

* Evidence for Bacterial and Viral Co-Infections in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

* Changes in Health Status in a Group of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Patients Following Removal of Excessive 50 Hz Magnetic Field Exposure

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

* Coral Calcium

SUPPORT and COPING

* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

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

EVENTS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

* AACFS 6th International Research and Clinical Conference

* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

ENDNOTES

* About Us

* Refer a Friend

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Feature Articles

Restless Legs Syndrome and Leg Cramps in Fibromyalgia

Restless legs syndrome is characterized by an unpleasant, difficult-to-describe sensation in the legs that produces an invariable urge to move them frequently. Researchers investigated the prevalence of restless legs syndrome and of leg cramps in patients with fibromyalgia.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1240

Evidence for Bacterial and Viral Co-Infections in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

Garth Nicolson, Ph.D., writes, “Using the blood of 100 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients and forensic polymerase chain reaction, we have found that a majority of CFS patients show evidence of multiple, systemic bacterial and viral infections that could play an important role in CFS morbidity. CFS patients had a high prevalence (51%) of one of four Mycoplasma species and often showed evidence of co-infections with different Mycoplasma species, Chlamydia pneumoniae and/or active Human Herpes Virus-6.”

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1241

Changes in Health Status in a Group of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Patients Following Removal of Excessive 50 Hz Magnetic Field Exposure

In 1998, a paper published in the ACNEM Journal examined the hypothesis that prolonged exposure to excessive 50 Hz (power line frequency) magnetic fields may act as an immune system stressor giving rise to symptoms similar to those reported in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Chronic Fatigue (CF). The present paper briefly reports the results of a small-scale pilot study utilizing 49 subjects suffering from CFS or ongoing CF, who were exposed to varying strength magnetic fields in their home environment.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1242

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Coral Calcium

In order for calcium to provide significant health benefits, the body must absorb it properly. Coral Calcium has been gaining attention for its high rate of absorbability compared with other forms of calcium.

In a scientific study, researchers evaluated whether mean intestinal absorption of coral-derived calcium (incorporated into crackers) might be comparable or even superior to mean intestinal absorption of calcium carbonate-derived calcium in humans. Additionally, the magnesium content of the coral calcium-added cracker used in the study was as high as 252mg while that of the calcium carbonate-added cracker was only 42mg. To read the exciting results of this study, click on the link below:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1249

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=1244

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=1243

AACFS 6th International Research and Clinical Conference

The AACFS 6th International Research and Clinical Conference will take place at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, on January 30 – February 2, 2003.

Conference Objectives: Upon completion of this conference, the participant will be able to:

• Discuss basic, applied, and clinical research findings in the evaluation and management of CFS

• Describe the role of the brain in the pathogenesis of medically unexplained symptoms of CFS

• Identify technological advances to researching medically unexplained illness

• Discuss genes and biochemical factors in medically unexplained illness

• Debate the question of psychobiological factors and depression in CFS

• Describe methodologies to diagnose CFS and other medically unexplained syndromes

• Identify pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for CFS

• Discuss the epidemiology and current status of infectious and immunological causes of unexplained illnesses

• Identify the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy and whom to refer for these services

For more information, please visit: http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1246

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:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1247

About ImmuneSupport.com

Published by Pro Health, Inc., ImmuneSupport.com is the Web’s largest resource for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia. Since 1988, Pro Health has raised and donated over 2.3 million dollars to CFS and FM research and advocacy groups seeking a cure. Every purchase made at ImmuneSupport.com funds research – as does every purchase made from Pro Health’s Health Resource catalog. Click on this link to visit ImmuneSupport.com’s home page:

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REFER A FRIEND!

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