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25 March, 2024

NeuroMetrix Announces That Over 2000 Patients With Fibromyalgia Have Been Prescribed Quell® Fibromyalgia

NeuroMetrix, Inc. has announced that over 2000 fibromyalgia patients have been prescribed Quell Fibromyalgia since its strategic commercial launch in December 2022.

25 March, 2024

Woman Bedridden For 12 Years To Climb Fermanagh Mountain

An Irish woman who was bedridden for 12 years after being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome said COVID-19 lockdowns gave her the time to heal. Shelley Cowan is taking the 'Stairway to Haven' challenge and climbing the Culicagh mountain in Co Fermanagh on April 1st.

24 March, 2024

Efficacy And Safety Of Gut Microbiota-Based Therapies In Autoimmune And Rheumatic Diseases: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Of 80 Randomized Controlled Trials

Previous randomized controlled trials (RCTs) suggested that gut microbiota-based therapies may be effective in treating autoimmune diseases, but a systematic summary is lacking.

24 March, 2024

Women 'Suffer More From ME' According To Largest Ever Study Into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Women with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are more likely to have more symptoms, and co-occurring conditions that are more severe, according to the world’s largest study of the disease.

24 March, 2024

Aquatic Therapy Is Better Than Land-Based Therapy For Women With Fibromyalgia

A new study from Spain found aquatic therapy is better than land-based therapy for reducing pain intensity and improving sleep quality for women with fibromyalgia.

23 March, 2024

Xbox Leader For Inclusive Gaming Opens Up About Her Own Hidden Disability

Katy Jo Wright has gotten to know the personal stories of many people with disabilities in her 24 years at Microsoft, first as a recruiter and now as the head of a global effort to make gaming more inclusive. She’s learned from gamers with limited mobility, engineers who have low vision, people who are neurodivergent and love puzzle games — and it’s helped her build more inclusive teams and products. But the one story she has struggled to embrace is her own. She has been reluctant to widely share her experience with Lyme disease, even while encouraging people to “bring their authentic selves” to work. She didn’t categorize her bouts of crushing pain, fatigue, memory lapses and organ damage as an integral part of her identity. She didn’t think of herself as someone with a disability.

23 March, 2024

The Prevalence Of Fibromyalgia In Adults At Al-Karak Jordan: A Cross-Sectional Study.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic and intricate musculoskeletal disorder characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and tenderness in specific anatomical regions. Although its prevalence varies among populations, understanding the prevalence in different geographical areas is crucial for healthcare planning. This cross-sectional study aims to determine the prevalence of fibromyalgia in adults residing in Al-Karak, Jordan. The city’s unique demographic and environmental characteristics may influence the occurrence of fibromyalgia among its adult population. The study aims to address gaps in knowledge, provide localized insights, and shed light on fibromyalgia’s burden on the community’s health. Accurate prevalence data aids healthcare planning and resource allocation.

23 March, 2024

Advocates Seek Office Of Post-Viral Illnesses; Long COVID Cases Rise

Researchers and advocates are asking the National Institutes of Health to create an office specifically dedicated to researching post-infectious conditions like long COVID and chronic Lyme even as the number of Americans reporting long COVID symptoms has jumped dramatically. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 6.8% of Americans report long COVID symptoms, which can include fatigue, brain fog, nerve issues, breathing problems and gastrointestinal problems. While some health officials have argued against using the term long COVID, stating it is no different than other post-viral conditions, even non-COVID related post-viral illnesses can be debilitating for patients.

22 March, 2024

ROCKY ROAD Burnistoun Actress Was Bedridden For A Year With Crippling Illness – Movie Rocky Saved Her

Burnistoun star Kirsty Strain became a comedy knockout after overcoming a debilitating illness – thanks to movie icon Rocky Balboa. The Glasgow-born actress, who appeared in every episode of the hit BBC Scotland series, was struck down with undiagnosed ME following a bout of glandular fever at the age of nine.

22 March, 2024

Looking For A Beam Of Light To Heal Chronic Pain

Chronic pain (CP) is a leading cause of disability and a potential factor that affects biological processes, family relationships, and self-esteem of patients. However, the need for treatment of CP is presently unmet. Current methods of pain management involve the use of drugs, but there are different degrees of concerning side effects. At present, the potential mechanisms underlying CP are not completely clear. As research progresses and novel therapeutic approaches are developed, the shortcomings of current pain treatment methods may be overcome. In this review, we discuss the retinal photoreceptors and brain regions associated with photoanalgesia, as well as the targets involved in photoanalgesia, shedding light on its potential underlying mechanisms. Our aim is to provide a foundation to understand the mechanisms underlying CP and develop light as a novel analgesic treatment has its biological regulation principle for CP. This approach may provide an opportunity to drive the field towards future translational, clinical studies and support pain drug development.

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