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26 April, 2024

Nutritional Status, Dietary Intake, Quality Of Life, And Dysphagia In Women With Fibromyalgia

A study that aimed to analyze the association between nutritional status, micro- and macronutrient intake, and quality of life (QoL) in a cohort of women with Fibromyalgia and risk of dysphagia (i.e., difficulty swallowing) compared to women with FMS without risk of dysphagia.

25 April, 2024

Are Monoclonal Antibodies The Future Of Long COVID Treatments?

The search for a cure to long COVID just got more promising.

25 April, 2024

World ME Day (May 12) Sheds Light On Global Health Crisis: Millions Affected By COVID Triggered Cases

The National Advisory on ME (ANZMES) is calling on Kiwis to come together for World ME Day as we battle a global health crisis. Already worldwide there are an estimated 25 million people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

25 April, 2024

Sanders’s Long COVID Funding Bill Misses Opportunity To Aid A Similar Chronic Condition

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) recent call for $10 billion in research grants over ten years for long COVID is a worthy initiative, yet we are deeply disappointed the senator is limiting his focus to long COVID. Millions of victims of infection-associated chronic conditions have been waiting decades for the federal government to fund research to improve diagnosis and develop therapies.

24 April, 2024

Increased Pressure Pain Sensibility In Fibromyalgia Patients Is Located Deep To The Skin But Not Restricted To Muscle Tissue

This study was aimed at comparing pressure pain sensibility in different tissues in fibromyalgia patients. Pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) were assessed in 16 fibromyalgia (FM) patients bilaterally at the bony part of epicondylus lateralis humeri, at the belly of m. extensor carpi ulnaris and at m. brachioradialis where the radial nerve branches pass underneath. Following a double-blind design, either a local anesthetic cream (EMLA) or a control cream was applied to the skin and PPTs were reassessed. The site with underlying nerve had a lower PPT than the bony site (P < 0.001) and the ‘pure’ muscle site (P < 0.001), respectively. These relations remained unaltered by skin hypoesthesia. The PPTs over the bony and the ‘pure’ muscle sites did not differ. Application of EMLA, compared to control cream, did not change PPTs over any area examined. The results demonstrated that pressure-induced pain sensibility in FM patients is not most pronounced in muscle tissue and does not depend on increased skin sensibility.

24 April, 2024

Prolonged Medical Fasting May Benefit Pain Symptoms In Fibromyalgia

A prolonged therapeutic fasting intervention, integrated into a multimodal medical approach, has the potential to benefit patients with fibromyalgia regarding their pain and psychosomatic symptoms, according to new research.

24 April, 2024

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Moonshot For Long COVID Treatment

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) explains his plan for a “long COVID moonshot” to ensure treatment for long COVID. The legislative proposal includes $10 billion in funding over the next decade to establish a long COVID research program at the National Institutes of Health.

23 April, 2024

Fibromyalgia Patients Finding Relief With Cannabis

Another study has indicated that medical cannabis (MC) could have potential in managing the impacts of fibromyalgia. And it seems plenty of patients are already using it.

23 April, 2024

Impact Of An Individualized Low-To-Moderate Exercise Task On Post-Exertional Malaise In Post-Acute Sequelae Of SARS-CoV-2 Infection And Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Individuals with post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) commonly experience post-exertional malaise following an exercise task. This study examined tolerance to a tailored low-to-moderate intensity exercise task using age-predicted maximal heart rate guided by symptom-based intensity modifications in individuals with PASC and ME/CFS.

23 April, 2024

Sequential Daily Relations Of Sleep, Pain Intensity, And Attention To Pain Among Women With Fibromyalgia

Fifty women with fibromyalgia syndrome (FS) recorded their sleep quality, pain intensity, and attention to pain for 30 days, using palm-top computers programmed as electronic interviewers. They described their previous night's sleep quality within one-half hour of awakening each day, and at randomly selected times in the morning, afternoon, and evening rated their present pain in 14 regions and attention to pain during the last 30 min. We analyzed the 30-day aggregates cross-sectionally at the across-persons level and the pooled data set of 1500 person-days at the within-persons level after adjusting for between-persons variation and autocorrelation. Poorer sleepers tended to report significantly more pain. A night of poorer sleep was followed by a significantly more painful day, and a more painful day was followed by a night of poorer sleep. Pain attention and sleep were unrelated at the across-persons level of analysis. But there was a significant bi-directional within-person association between pain attention and sleep quality that was not explained by changes in pain intensity.

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