06.07.2019

June 7, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. App.com: Lyme disease a bioweapon gone awry? Rep. Chris Smith pushes Trump to investigate From the article: “If [Kris Newby's book, 'Bitten'] is true - and the documentation is very persuasive - we were doing bio-weapons work that was grossly immoral,” Smith said in an interview with the Asbury Park Press prior to Wednesday’s town meeting. “It’s a shocking read, and I hope it adds to our push. Looking at what happened might help us come up with how we deal with it now.” (The following paragraph contains an affiliate link.) (I urge every Lyme sufferer to read Newby's book. As … [Read more...]

06.03.2019

New fibromyalgia & Lyme disease research studies (May 2019)

I was on ClinicalTrials.gov earlier this month to research another article, and these bright blue boxes with the word "NEW" on them kept catching my attention as I was scrolling the pages. It seems we have quite a few new fibromyalgia and Lyme disease research studies in the works, so I thought it would be interesting to compile a summary of them. As usual, there are the typical exercise- and cognitive behavioral therapy-related trials for fibromyalgia, but there are few promising listings, too, including one that's looking at the effectiveness of cannabis for chronic pain and another … [Read more...]

05.31.2019

May 31, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. Lymedisease.org: Bill calls for $100 million to fight Lyme and other tick-borne diseases From the article: "In a bipartisan effort to improve research, prevention, diagnostics and treatment for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, U.S. Senators Susan Collins, of Maine, and Tina Smith, of Minnesota, today introduced the Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout (TICK) Act." 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Altered reflexes in spinal cord may contribute to fibromyalgia pain, study finds From the article: "Spinal cord reflexes were more sensitive to pain in fibromyalgia patients than in … [Read more...]

05.24.2019

May 24, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

This page contains affiliate links. 1. Medium: My ME is in remission! Huge news this week! Jennifer Brea, the creator of the popular chronic fatigue documentary Unrest, is in remission following several spinal surgeries. I'm just thrilled for her! Her story is an example of why I am constantly saying do not just accept your diagnosis and treat symptoms. We should always look for the underlying cause of our illness! If we can figure it out and treat that, recovery may be possible! Jennifer is proof of that! 2. U.S. News & World Report: Antiviral or antiretroviral drugs for … [Read more...]

05.17.2019

May 17, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Record decline in opioid prescriptions From the article: "The volume of prescription opioids dispensed in the U.S. last year fell 17 percent, the largest annual decline ever recorded, according to a new study by the health analytics firm IQVIA. Opioid prescriptions have dropped 43% since their peak in 2011." 2. Wise Traditions: The problem with fluoride (YouTube audio only, 27 minutes) If you drink tap water from a town, city or community, you really need to listen to this podcast from Wise Traditions. 3. The Trail to Health: How I healed from Lyme … [Read more...]

05.10.2019

May 10, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. ScienceDaily: Does insulin resistance cause fibromyalgia? From the article: "Researchers led by a team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston were able to dramatically reduce the pain of fibromyalgia patients with medication that targeted insulin resistance." 2. Lowell Sun: Uptick of hope in battle against Lyme disease Notice how they don't use the word "vaccine" when that's really what they're working on... 3. Prohealth: A quick guide to 7 popular toxin binders Binders are frequently discussed in the Lyme community but few in the fibromyalgia … [Read more...]

05.03.2019

May 3, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Stanford Medicine: First diagnostic test for chronic fatigue syndrome identified (Note: I don't generally post many articles about ME/CFS these days, but this is important news to share since many of you are also diagnosed with ME/CFS.) From the article: "With strong preliminary evidence of a diagnostic tool for ME/CFS, Davis and his colleagues are moving forward to test it in more patients. They are also planning to use the nanoelectronic assay to screen for drugs that can help stabilize the blood samples from ME/CFS patients. 2. Sciencemag.org: Long-underfunded Lyme … [Read more...]

04.26.2019

April 26, 2019 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: CDC [says] opioid guideline should not be used to taper patients From the article: "In an impassionate commentary published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the guideline’s authors say the agency does not support abrupt tapering or discontinuation of opioid medication, and that the guideline’s recommendation that daily doses be limited to no more than 90 MME (morphine milligram equivalent) should only be applied to patients who are starting opioid therapy." 2. Newsweek: Untreatable form of Lyme disease could hit 2 million Americans by 2020, scientists … [Read more...]

04.19.2019

April 19, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. Street Insider: Tonix Pharma (TNXP) announces plans to expand TNX-102 SL phase 3 program beyond PTSD to include fibromyalgia From the article: "Tonix believes that increasing the dose of TNX-102 SL from 2.8 mg to 5.6 mg in the new Phase 3 fibromyalgia study will likely provide the clinical evidence to support the 5.6 mg dose as the efficacious dose for the management of fibromyalgia." 2. Global Lyme Alliance: Global Lyme Alliance reveals several drugs and drug combinations that show success in treating Lyme disease This is a comprehensive update on various research efforts … [Read more...]

04.10.2019

First quarter 2019 fibromyalgia & chronic Lyme news + a health update

Fibromyalgia news & research Medical News Today: Groundbreaking blood test detects fibromyalgia Ohio State University researchers have detected "molecular signatures" in the blood of fibromyalgia patients. The finding could lead to a third fibromyalgia blood test. You can read about two other fibromyalgia blood tests here and here. ***** Pain News Network: Men needed for fibromyalgia vaccine study A much-anticipated update on the EpicGenetics study to see if the BCG vaccine, used for more than a century to prevent tuberculosis, can be repurposed to eliminate fibromyalgia … [Read more...]

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