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13 November, 2022

Melatonin Could Be A Potential Therapy For Long-COVID Symptoms

A recent review published in the journal Biomolecules discussed the potential uses of melatonin in treating brain fog and chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis symptoms associated with long coronavirus disease (COVID).

13 November, 2022

Fibromyalgia: New Science Shows The Pain Is Real

Fibromyalgia is not “all in your imagination.” Researchers are recognizing that the chronic condition, which causes widespread pain through the body, can be explained as nociplastic pain, now recognized as a new pain category. “There is no question,” says Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a rheumatologist and associate professor of rheumatology at McGill University. “Nociplastic pain is real, even when there is nothing to see.” And it can affect many people with inflammatory forms of arthritis. Dr. Fitzcharles shared the following insights during an August 2022 Arthritis Talks webinar.

13 November, 2022

Clodagh Finn: Could Long Covid Bring About An Overdue Revolution In Patient Care?

For too long, the voices of patients with chronic, debilitating conditions have not been heard — now is a time for change.

12 November, 2022

What's It Like Being A Young Person With Long COVID? You Might Feel Like A Failure (But You're Not)

Many might assume otherwise, but young, healthy people can develop long COVID. Data shows that 2.7% of people aged 17-24 and 3.6% of those aged 25-34 have symptoms at least four weeks after an infection. Even athletes are not immune.

12 November, 2022

New Research Gives Hope That Paxlovid May Help Prevent Long COVID

A new study sheds light on a potential prevention measure for long COVID. The antiviral drug Paxlovid was associated with a 26% less risk of developing long COVID, a new study this month found. For every 100 people who took the antiviral treatment, roughly 2.3 fewer cases of long COVID were detected 90 days post initial COVID infection, the study concluded.

12 November, 2022

Using Cannabis Oil For Fibromyalgia

The potential benefits of using CBD oil for fibromyalgia are promising.

11 November, 2022

Frustration Over Lack Of Children's M.E. And Long Covid Service

A politician on the Isle of Man has shared her frustration over the lack of provision for children in a new ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Long Covid support service.

11 November, 2022

Study: Cannabis May Help Those With Treatment-Resistant Fibromyalgia

According to new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Pain Practice and epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health, cannabis may play a “significant role” in combatting treatment-resistant fibromyalgia in women.

11 November, 2022

Functional Connectivity Response To Acute Pain Assessed By fNIRS Is Associated With BDNF Genotype In Fibromyalgia: An Exploratory Study

Fibromyalgia is a heterogenous primary pain syndrome whose severity has been associated with descending pain modulatory system (DPMS) function and functional connectivity (FC) between pain processing areas. The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met single nucleotide polymorphism has been linked to vulnerability to chronic pain. In this cross-sectional imaging genetics study, we investigated fibromyalgia, the relationship between BDNF Val66Met heterozygous genotypes (Val/Met), and the functional connectivity (FC) response pattern to acute pain stimulus in the motor (MC) and prefrontal (PFC) cortex assessed by near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) before and after a cold pressor test utilizing water (0–1 °C). Also, we assessed the relationship between this genotype with the DPMS function and quality of life. We included 42 women (Val/Val = 30; Val/Met = 12) with fibromyalgia, ages 18–65. The MANCOVA comparing Val/Met to Val/Val genotypes showed higher ΔFC between left(l)-PFC—l-MC (β = 0.357, p = 0.048), l-PFC—right(r)-PFC (β = 0.249, p = 0.012), l-PFC—r-MC (β = 0.226, p = 0.022), and l-MC—r-PFC (β = 0.260, p = 0.016). Val/Met genotypes showed higher efficiency of the DPMS and lower disability due to pain. Here we show that fibromyalgia patients carrying the Val/Met BDNF genotype presented an increased ΔFC across MC and PFC in response to acute pain associated with differences in acute pain perception and fibromyalgia symptoms.

10 November, 2022

Scientists Made Mini Brains And Infected Them With Coronavirus. What They Saw Could Explain Long COVID

In a new study published in molecular psychiatry, Researchers from Sweden and a Harvard-affiliated hospital in Boston tried to find out by creating “brain organelles,” or miniature brains the size of a pinhead, and infected them with COVID. He explained what they often saw: An “excessive number” of synapses, or connections between brain cells that allow them to communicate, were destroyed during the course of the disease — “more than you’d expect to see in a normal brain,” the authors wrote in an Oct. Academic news Conversation.

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