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Remarkable stories on GCSE results day

MISSING most of the school year with chronic illness did not stop one teenager achieving her dream GCSE results. On a day when 7,000 pupils across Gloucestershire achieved record results, there were none happier than 16-year-old Melanie Weedon. Melanie, from Weston Subedge, is battling chronic fatigue syndrome and has had to have work sent home by her teachers at Chipping Campden School. The teenager achieved six A grades and three B grades, thanks to her hard work and dedication.

Gulf War Syndrome Researchers Blame Sarin Gas and Toxic Exposures

Toomey and colleagues, researchers at the Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare System, confirmed that Gulf War deployment is associated with subtle declines of motor speed and sustained attention as influenced by exposure to toxicants during deployment. Toomey found that exposure to sarin gas released during the Khamisiyah destruction is correlated with long-term reduced motor speed in veterans that has not resolved after 10 years. Self-reported exposure to these toxicants is also significantly associated with attention deficits.

American Chronicle

Chronic Fatigue: Introducing the Multiple Reasons Why People are So Tired

The medical diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is complex due to its similarity to other ill-defined disorders including fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome, and Sjogren’s Syndrome. There’s a significant overlap between the symptoms associated with each of these conditions.

PAINWeek 2009 Welcomes Over 1,000 Attendees

PAINWeek 2009 is planning for its largest annual conference ever, with over 1,000 healthcare practitioners, faculty, exhibitors, nonprofit and commercial sponsors, abstract presenters, and a dozen commercially supported satellite events, to be held at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Wednesday, September 9, through Saturday, September 12, 2009. This unique event, which provides over 100 CE/CME hours, is now viewed by pain management stakeholders as the “not-to-be missed” pain conference.

PR Web

Five Tips on Proper Fibromyalgia Diets

Many people suffer from the apparent painful symptoms that fibromyalgia causes, and physicians usually recommend a dietary adjustment to increase energy, and enable the immune system to function optimum. A well- balanced diet can ease the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and even vanish the effects that the fibromyalgia is accruing on the body. These are five essential tips to achieve an efficient fibromyalgia diet.

Associated Content/Annalise Zilsere

Participants sought for U of R Fibromyalgia treatment study

Individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia are being sought for a treatment study by a researcher at the University of Regina. The University of Regina is looking for people between 18 and 60 who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia to participate in a new treatment study. This study is being overseen by internationally-renowned pain researcher Dr. Gordon Asmundson. The U of R is accepting the first 40 people who are eligible and willing to come twice a week for a series of 20-minute sessions. The study period will run for four weeks, with participants involved in eight sessions.

The Southwest Booster

Workplace bullying disrupts sleep

Workplace bullying is a known stressor. Depriving workers of control over their work day by incessant meddling, interference, humiliation, command-and-control managing, and intimidation generates stress to varying degrees in individuals. Stress is a physiological response that is a biological reality. The list of known health impacts of bullying is long. Affected systems include cardiovascular (high blood pressure, cardiac ischemia, heart attacks, stroke — a great deal has been discovered by Peter Schnall, MD and researchers associated with the Center for Social Epidemiology), gastrointestinal (colitis, ulcers), auto-immune (fibromyalgia, cancer propensity), and psychological/emotional (anxiety, panic attacks, clinical depression, acute stress disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder – PTSD).

Pathophysiology Associated With Fibromyalgia

Careful research has demonstrated that fibromyalgia (FM) is a clinical problem that involves much more than pain. The disorder is now increasingly recognized to involve cognitive dysfunction, which is variously characterized by difficulty with short-term recall (working memory), difficulty encoding new information when distracted (multitasking), and slowed speed of mental processing and word-finding. In addition to pain and cognitive symptoms, perceptual disturbances are also recognized, including disturbance in the ability to make figure/ground distinctions, loss of depth perception, and an inability to focus vision and attention. The symptom range of fibromyalgia compels us to pay more attention to this problem with the hope that increased knowledge will lead to better treatment strategies.


15 Terms Everyone With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Should Know

Knowledge is power, and that goes double when you have a chronic illness few doctors know how to treat. When you have chronic fatigue syndrome, you have to do a lot of research in order to understand what’s going on in your body and make decisions about treatment and management. There’s a lot to learn, and to help you wade through the medical jargon, I went through my chronic fatigue syndrome glossary and picked out some of the most important terms.  FM & CFS Blog

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  1. Clay McCord MD says:

    In the book, The Truth About Fibromyalgia, it is pointed out that Central Sensitization Syndromes (chronic fatigue, fibro, migraine, iritable bowel, pelvic/bladder pains, etc.) likely result from disrupted deep sleep that prevents the limbic system from properly recharging. It cannot properly regulate pain or sympathetic activity. Therapy has to be directed at improving the brain chemical deficits and sleep.

  2. Fibromyalgia is often aggravated due to stress and strain and being sluggish. It might also cause due to lack of exercise. Doing exercise in daily routine, talking walk, can relieve pain. Aqua or water aerobics is the simplest exercise for those ailing from fibromyalgia pain, also specially for over weight people.

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