FEATURES – May 28, 2003:
* Biotechs and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Is Zadaxin a New Effective Treatment?
* The Bowen Technique and One Patient’s Fibromyalgia Relief
* What Did I Forget Now? Cognitive Deficits and CFS/FM
* Yeasts and Fungi
SUPPORT and COPING
* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner
* Got Questions? Here are Answers…Find them in our Chat Room
* CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course Signup
* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs
* NIH to Host CFS Research Workshop
* Program on the Discovery Channel: Dangerous Catch
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Biotechs and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Is Zadaxin a New Effective Treatment?
Paula Carnes, a CFS patient and advocate, reports, “SciClone Pharmaceuticals in San Mateo, California is researching an immune modulator, thymalfasin or thymosin alpha 1, commercially known as Zadaxin…What really caught my attention as I was reading about Zadaxin was the connection between what Nancy Klimas, M.D., was saying about CFS patients’ immune system and the use of Zadaxin in just this sort of immune system dysfunction.”
The Bowen Technique and One Patient’s Fibromyalgia Relief
According to Gerri Shapiro, “The Bowen Technique helps the body remember how to heal itself. Electrical impulses sent to the nervous system remind the body to regain normal movement in joints, muscles and tendons. This helps relieve muscle spasms and increase blood and lymph flow. Several of the moves are located along acupuncture meridians or on specific acupuncture points which are known to stimulate and balance the body’s energy.”
What Did I Forget Now? Cognitive Deficits and CFS/FM
Coping Corner columnist Eunice Beck, RN, writes, “Whether you call it cognitive deficits or fibrofog, the intellectual and perceptual difficulties that come with this disease are no fun, unless you try to deal with them with some humor and a bit of organization. You can develop small habits to trigger your memory.” Get some great coping tips here.
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Yeasts and Fungi
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.
Researchers at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research take a broad-based approach to the study of pathogenic yeasts and fungi, combining new genomic approaches and genetic techniques to boost scientists’ knowledge of how fungal pathogens infect human, animal and plant hosts.
One key area of this research focuses on the mechanisms that enable yeasts such as Candida albicans to switch between two different forms. Like other yeasts, they multiply through cell division, or grow as filaments. “This ability to exist in two different forms give fungi a real advantage and flexibility to deal with immune systems,” says researcher Robert T. Wheeler. To read more about this research, click on the link below:
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Got Questions? Here Are Answers…
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CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course Signup
Signups for the summer groups of the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help course end June 9. The course begins June 16.
The class is an 8-week, solution-oriented email discussion group that focuses on practical strategies for coping with common problems of CFIDS and fibromyalgia. In this solution-oriented course, you exchange ideas with fellow patients to learn how to manage symptoms, pace yourself, set realistic short-term goals, reduce stress, manage emotions, improve relationships, and minimize relapses.
Visit the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help website to learn more and to register:
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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Program on the Discovery Channel: Dangerous Catch
Channel: The Discovery Channel
Premier Air Date: June 04, 2003
Time: 9:00 PM (EST)
In 1993 an aquatic researcher suffered skin lesions and memory loss while working in her lab. Fishermen and the Maryland governor all experienced the symptoms until the lesions were linked to Pfiesteria, a single cell organism linked to increased fish kills. Dr. Shoemaker is interviewed on this program regarding Pfiesteria and neurotoxins.
For more information about this Discovery Channel program, please visit: http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=1766
Dr. Shoemaker’s research, testing method and treatment strategy for neurotoxicity was featured in a two-part article series by Patti Schmidt for Pro Health’s Healthwatch newsletter. To read these articles online at ImmuneSupport.com, please visit:
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