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‘Secret Weapon’ of Retroviruses That Cause Cancer

Oncogenic retroviruses are a particular family of viruses that can cause some types of cancer. Thierry Heidmann and his colleagues in the CNRS-Institut Gustave Roussy-Université Paris Sud 11 “Rétrovirus endogènes et éléments rétroïdes des eucaryotes supérieurs” Laboratory have studied these viruses. They have identified a “virulence factor” that inhibits the host immune response and allows the virus to spread throughout the body. This factor is a sequence of amino acids that is located in the envelope protein of the virus.

Science Daily

Signs of chronic fatigue syndrome

Fatigue is a common complaint of people who are not sleeping well or who are stressed, but severe or clinical fatigue may leave a person with generalized weakness and make it hard for him to initiate or maintain activity. People may also have difficulty with concentration, memory and emotional stability. Dr. Jamal Mikdashi, a rheumatologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, explains how to tell whether a person might have chronic fatigue syndrome.

The Baltimore Sun

Ribose supplements will kick-start your energy levels into over-drive

Ribose is a natural sugar produced by the body that combats fatigue. There is no food or drink that provides ribose, but you can take supplements to increase the effect. In the book, You:On A Diet, authors Michael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD had this to say regarding the supplement:  “Of all the things you can do to combat the effects of knee-dragging fatigue, taking a daily ribose supplement is one that seems to really turbocharge some people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, diseases associated with low energy”. 


Fibromyalgia Patient Stories

Fibromyalgia is a disease that often causes pain, sleep disturbances, and depression in its patients. Unfortunately, little is known about the cause of the disease, and it can take three to five years to diagnose, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association. However a fibromyalgia diagnosis isn’t a death sentence. Read how these six fibro patients are living—and thriving—with the disease.

Acupuncuture may ease fibromyalgia symptoms

Acupuncture may offer some temporary relief for fibromyalgia, according to a review of research. However, it does not alleviate all of the symptoms. Fibromyalgia affects two to four-percent of the population. It is a debilitating pain syndrome that includes symptoms such as chronic pain and fatigue.

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Giant Drag Singer Overcomes Muscle Disorder to Release ‘Swan Song’ EP

Giant Drag’s ‘Swan Song’ EP, which was released this week, has been a long time coming. After all, it’s been five years since the band’s debut album, ‘Hearts & Unicorns,’ elevated the Los Angeles-based indie blues rock duo to buzz-band status. Despite the praise that Giant Drag — singer/guitarist Annie Hardy and drummer/key bass whiz Micah Calabrese — caught on that one, the pair lost their deal with Interscope Records. That, however, is small potatoes to 28-year-old Hardy, who suffers constant wearying pain from a muscle disorder called fibromyalgia.

Local lady tells her addiction story on TV

Leanna Long says she told her story of pain pill addiction because she didn’t want to hide from it anymore. “At first I said no,” the 27-year-old mother of two said. “This was the most humiliating, humbling experience of my life and you want me to share that on television?” Long said she knew she made the right decision after her story aired and she began receiving dozens of messages on Myspace and Facebook from people who related to her experience with pain medication.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy May Ease Pain Response in Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia patients who received cognitive behavioral therapy in a pilot study had a higher threshold for the nociceptive-flexion reflex, an objective measure of the transmission of potentially painful stimuli to the central nervous system. “The study supported my original hypothesis, that a psychological-based therapy has an effect on a biological marker of central sensitization – the latter playing a role in disease pathogenesis for fibromyalgia,” said Dr. Dennis Ang of the Indiana University Division of Rheumatology, who led the study.

MedScape Today

Can Slow Breathing Ease Fibromyalgia Pain?

New research suggests that deep breathing, such as that recommended in yoga and meditation, can lower pain levels both for healthy people and some people with fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia who were also depressed or more prone to negativity didn’t report feeling better after breathing slowly, while those with a more positive outlook reported a benefit  FM & CF

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