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Research & Drug News for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Find out the latest on FMS and ME/CFS, including drug trials, new treatment options and research into the causes and mechanisms behind fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Cymbalta Shows Long-Term Safety & Efficacy as Fibromyalgia Treatment
Get results of the first year-long studies of Cymbalta (duloxetine) as a fibromyalgia treatment.
Fibromyalgia Tied to Hysterectomy, Early Menopause
See what researchers have uncovered about an apparent hormonal trigger of fibromyalgia in women.
Acupuncture Effective for Fibromyalgia
See what a study shows about the effects of acupuncture on people with fibromyalgia and what researcher recommend for treatment.
Possible Fibromyalgia Treatment Enters Phase II Trials
A synthetic version of norepinephrine moves forward.
Smoking Makes Fibromyalgia Symptoms Worse
Two independent studies show extra hardship faced by smokers with fibromyalgia.
Low-Calorie Diets Improve Memory in Some
See how lowering caloric intake helps some people preserve and even improve memory.
Lower Cortisol to Raise Cortisol?
See why some researchers think problems linked to low cortisol should be treated by lowering cortisol levels even farther.
Possible Diagnostic Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A group of researchers say they've discovered the key to an objective test for chronic fatigue syndrome that lies in the mitochondria.
CoQ10 Distribution Altered in Fibromyalgia
Find out why researchers recommend CoQ10 supplements for people with fibromyalgia.
UV Rays for Treating Fibromyalgia Pain
Is it too simple to be true? Find out what research shows about sunlight and fibromyalgia.
Savella (milnacipran) FDA Approved as Fibromyalgia Treatment
And then there were three! Learn more about the third drug to be FDA approved as a fibromyalgia treatment.
HHV-6 is Passed to Children Through DNA
HHV-6 has long been suspected as a possible trigger for chronic fatigue syndrome. See what researchers have discovered about how it's transmitted genetically.
FDA Releases List of Drugs Posing "Potential Safety Issues"
Drugs including on this quarterly list include one for fibromyalgia, diabetes, arthritis and more.
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis: Is Sleep the Key?
See why researchers say a sleep study could become a diagnostic test for fibromyalgia.
More Evidence of Brain Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia
Another region of the brain and several new substances are now considered possible causes for the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Studies Show Milnacipran is Effective Fibromyalgia Treatment
Get the latest research news on a drug currently before the FDA as a potential fibromyalgia treatment.
Study: Lyrica Safe, Effective for 1 Year
Get the latest information on the safety and efficacy of fibromyalgia-treatment Lyrica (pregabalin).
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Moves Toward Possible Approval
The experimental anti-viral drug Ampligen (poly I: poly C12U) has cleared an important hurdle with the FDA, which could pave the way for it to become the first treatment ever approved for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS).
Is a Retrovirus in Our DNA Responsible for ME/CFS & MS?
New research points to an ancient retrovirus as a possible partial cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) and multiple sclerosis (MS).
Protein in Virus Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
We have yet another viral discovery linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) - and it's a protein in a particular strain of human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6), a virus long suspected of playing a role in many cases of ME/CFS.
Fibromyalgia Treatments' May Not Get FDA's Strongest Suicide Warning
After reporting a few months ago that it may force makers of 11 anti-seizure drugs, including the fibromyalgia treatments Lyrica (pregabalin) and Neurontin (gabapentin), to carry a prominent suicide-risk label, an FDA panel now says the risk doesn't appear great enough for that type of labeling.
Cymbalta Approved as Fibromyalgia Treatment
Cymbalta (duloxetine) has become the second drug to be FDA approved for treating fibromyalgia.
Prospective Fibromyalgia Drug Offers Long Track Record, No Side Effects
Effirma (oral flupirtine) is now going through the early stages of seeking FDA approval for treating fibromyalgia. Unlike many fibromyalgia drugs, Effirma is not addictive and does not have significant side effects.
Ampligen as a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
Learn more about Ampligen, which could become the first drug ever approved for chronic fatigue syndrome. This British research document contains a wealth of information on Ampligen, which is an antiviral drug that's given intravenously.
Fibromyalgia Pain Linked with Central Nervous System Disorder
Research further links fibromyalgia to central nervous system abnormalities.
Hippocampus Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia
New study examines hippocampus dysfunction in people with fibromyalgia.
CDC Launches Study to Uncover Mysteries of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The CDC is hoping to learn more about hormonal imbalances and immune issues connected to chronic fatigue syndrome.
Cortisol for Treating Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Multiple studies appear to confirm the effectiveness of cortisol treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. But is cortisol replacement safe for treating fibromyalgia?
The 7 Genomic Subtypes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Find out what symptoms go with which chronic fatigue syndrome subtypes, and why subtyping is important to both researchers and people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
FDA Moves Forward on New Drug Application for Fibromyalgia
A decisionon whether milnacipran, which boosts the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin, could be made by the end of October, giving people with fibromyalgia another option for drug therapy.
Current Research into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Several chronic fatigue syndrome studies and projects are underway in early 2008, led by leading CFS expert Dr. Nancy Klimas. Get a look at what's going on know as well as what to expect for the future of chronic fatigue syndrome research.
Why Are Women More Prone to Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Women get fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome at far higher rates than men. Find out what factors researchers believe could be behind women's greater susceptibility to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Fibromyalgia - A Disorder of the Brain?
This article looks at evidence that people with fibromyalgia have abnormalities in the central nervous system that may contribute to their symptoms.
Bee Venom Acupuncture - Does It Help with Pain?
Review of studies looks into injecting bee venom into acupuncture points help relieve muscloskeletal pain.
Study of Auditory & Pressure Sensitivity in Fibromyalgia
Study supports the theory that people with fibromyalgia are sensitive to much more than pain.
Cognitive–behavioral therapy v. mirtazapine for CFS
British study examines effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy combined with medication as a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. Note: Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a common CFS treatment in UK but is highly controversial in the U.S.
Fibromyalgia pain processing & ketamine
Study examined whether pain processing in fibromyalgia could be detected with a brain scan.
CFS: Characteristics and possible causes for its pathogenesis
Learn about four possible causes of chronic fatigue syndrome that researchers are exploring.
Fibromyalgia: A Disorder of the Brain?
This article abstract discusses evidence showing that the brains of people with fibromyalgia function differently from the brains of other people.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after Human Parvovirus B19 Infection
Find out how common it is for people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) to have developed the condition after contracting a human parvovirus infection.
Study Shows Cymbalta Effective for Fibromyalgia Pain
Eli Lily, the company that makes Cymbalta (duloxetine) says a large study shows the selective serotonin norephinephrine reuptake inhibitor is effective at fighting the pain of fibromyalgia. A New Drug Application already is before the FDA.
Marijuana-based Drug Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Suggests
Patients with fibromyalgia treated with a synthetic form of marijuana, nabilone, showed significant reductions in pain and anxiety in a first-of-its-kind study, published in The Journal of Pain.
Disability and quality of life in people with fibromyalgia
See what researchers found when comparing perceived disability levels and mental health of people with fibromyalgia to those of people with other pain conditions.
Intracellular immune dysfunction in ME/CFS
Evidence in support of intracellular immune dysfunctions in people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is accumulating, but few studies have addressed intracellular immunity as a potential therapeutic target.

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