These are our 2013 Newsletters.
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Many experts believe that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has several root causes including some viruses. Now, lead scientists Shara Pantry, Maria Medveczky and Peter Medveczky of the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine, along with the help of several collaborating scientists and clinicians, have published an article in the Journal of Medical Virology suggesting that a common virus, Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), is the possible cause of some CFS cases.
University at Albany’s East Campus Biotech Company Makes Major Fibromyalgia Discovery
Researchers Reveal a Rational Biological Source of Pain in the Skin of Patients with Fibromyalgia
Dr. Julia Newton is one of the founding members of the recently launched UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (UK CMRC), a new initiative aimed at expanding medical studies into ME/CFS, by bringing together experts in the field and several of the ME/CFS charities in the UK.
Dr. Newton is Dean for Clinical Medicine at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. She is also Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine at Newcastle University and a Consultant at the Royal Victoria Infirmary within the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is highly respected in her field, possesses a wide range of skills and has won awards for her communication skills, scientific presenting, teaching and innovation.
Dr. Newton kindly took the time to answer some questions about the new collaborative and her research activities.
If mild cranial electrical stimulation helps lessen fibromyalgia pain, as studies seem to suggest, does it do this by changing activity in certain brain regions?
Initial findings by a University of Virginia School of Nursing research team point to yes.
Led by nursing professors Ann Gill Taylor and Joel Anderson of the school’s Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies, the team divided 46 participants with physician-confirmed diagnoses of fibromyalgia into three groups: a control group that received usual care; a group that received usual care, plus a sham device that emitted no electrical stimulation; and a third group that received usual care, plus a device that delivered a dose of electrical stimulation well below the level of sensation.
A recent study from Spain, suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction could be a differentiating marker between fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), as well as distinguishing both patient groups from healthy controls. This alone could be highly significant but the paper also reports correlation with oxidative stress (where free-radicals damage your cells, and even your DNA), which may highlight potential treatment opportunities.
Feel like you just ran a mile after walking a block? Do your muscles feel tight and contracted? How’s your flexibility and coordination? If I’m reading this right this fibromyalgia study might be able to help explain why these problems are occurring.
We recently saw a study which suggested that something as simple as mental stress tests (math test) or eating or other sympathetic nervous system activators can activate the back muscles of people with fibromyalgia. That study suggested FM patients’ muscles could be in state of almost continual activation.
Now we look at the muscles of people with fibromyalgia under load; that is. when they’re being exercised….and find that much the same thing is occurring – only magnified.