FEATURE ARTICLES – September 3, 2003:
* Successful Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy in Three Cases of Parvovirus B19 Associated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Does Fibromyalgia Run in Families?
* Eunice Beck on Identity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the ‘Newly Constructed Self’
* Impact of Mood on Immune Function
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* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner
* Got Questions? Here are Answers…Find them in our Chat Room
* Conference: American Academy of Pain Management
* CFIDS Lobby Day 2003
* CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course: Fall Signups
* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs
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Successful Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy in Three Cases of Parvovirus B19 Associated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In this study, three cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) that followed acute parvovirus B19 infection were treated with a 5-day course of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), the only specific treatment for parvovirus B19 infection. The researchers examined the influence of IVIG treatment on the production of cytokines and chemokines in individuals with CFS due to parvovirus B19.
Does Fibromyalgia Run in Families?
Researchers have found that fibromyalgia (FM) is more common among the siblings, parents and children of those who have FM than in the general population. But their research didn’t clear up whether this phenomenon was the result of nature or nurture. A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) intends to examine the role nature might play in the development of FM.
Eunice Beck on Identity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the ‘Newly Constructed Self’
Coping Corner columnist Eunice Beck, RN, writes, “Whew! I’m really not sure where to start. I guess it’s enough to say that life has been a real whirlwind lately, with an unexpected family illness. So I have been on the go, in addition to other responsibilities…I recently read an article from Co-Cure. This item concerns research done at two universities in Canada, looking at how CFS affects self-image.” Eunice takes a personal look at CFS, self-image, and creating an identity that will lead one through a fulfilling life.
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Impact of Mood on Immune Function
By monitoring activity levels in the human brain’s prefrontal cortex, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have demonstrated for the first time that people who have more activity in the left side of this area also have a stronger immune response against disease. The findings, soon to be published in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pinpoint one of the mechanisms underlying the link between mental and physical well-being.
Numerous scientific studies show that keeping a positive attitude can keep a person healthy, says Richard Davidson, a UW-Madison neuroscientist and senior author of the paper. But he adds that the reasons why this connection exists are poorly understood.
By turning to the brain – an organ that sends signals that guide emotional response – Davidson and his group have identified one possible explanation: activity in the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain long associated with affective style, or how a person responds emotionally to an event. To read more about this interesting research, click on the following link:
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Got Questions? Here Are Answers…
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Conference: American Academy of Pain Management
The American Academy of Pain Management will hold its fourteenth Annual Clinical Meeting on September 4-7, 2003, in Denver, Colorado.
The Academy’s Annual Clinical Meeting offers specialized educational opportunities in the field of multidisciplinary pain management. Every year the Academy provides state of the art presentations by clinical experts in the field of pain management. The latest in treatment modalities are covered including: pharmacological management of pain, behavioral therapies, psychosocial and quality of life issues, along with current research related to pain management from both Eastern and Western medical traditions.
For more information, click on the following link:
CFIDS Lobby Day 2003
Congressional Activities: Lobby Day
Personal contact from voters who care about CFIDS is the secret weapon in the CFIDS advocacy arsenal. To facilitate contact with elected officials, The CFIDS Association of America sponsors an annual Washington, D.C., Lobby Day event. This year, Lobby Day will be held September 17-18, 2003.
On Lobby Day, CFIDS advocates from around the country, including persons with CFIDS (PWCs) and their family members and friends, come together on Capitol Hill to personally educate Congress about CFIDS and ask for help in securing an improved federal response to the illness.
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CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course: Fall Signups
Signups are still underway for the fall groups of the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help course. The course, which begins Sept 15, is an 8-week, solution-oriented email discussion group that focuses on practical strategies for coping with common problems of CFIDS and fibromyalgia. The cost of the course, which includes a copy of “The CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help Book,” is $25.
Visit the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help website to learn more and to register:
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