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  1. Sleep Drug May Treat Fibromyalgia Pain

    May 12, 2010 (Baltimore) -- The powerful sleeping medication Xyrem can help relieve the hallmark symptom of pain in people with fibromyalgia, suggests a study that pitted the drug against a placebo. More than half of people who took Xyrem reported at least a 30% improvement in pain, says Kim Dupree

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  2. People With Fibromyalgia Prone to Falls

    May 7, 2010 (Baltimore) -- People with fibromyalgia may be prone to falls due to balance problems, a small study suggests. The findings suggest that people with fibromyalgia can benefit from exercises to improve balance, says Kim Dupree Jones, PhD, of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

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  3. Obesity May Raise Risk of Fibromyalgia

    April 29, 2010 -- Overweight and obese women -- especially those who do not exercise at all or exercise for less than an hour a week -- are at higher risk for developing the widespread pain disorder fibromyalgia, according to new research in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research. "Being overwei

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  4. Fibromyalgia Gets Worse During Menstruation

    April 16, 2010 (Toronto) -- Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, and a painful bladder condition called interstitial cystitis (IC) seem to get worse in some women right before and during menstruation, researchers report. All three are disorders of the autonomic nervous system. T

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  5. Knee Braces Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

    April 13, 2010 -- Steve Peterson, 62, a home remodeler in Seattle, has rock-climbed in Tasmania, hiked in the high alpine regions of Washington, and trekked across the island of Manhattan -- all while sporting a knee brace due to painful knee osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of the diseas

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  6. Short Bursts of Activity Ease Fibromyalgia

    March 29, 2010 -- Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing if you are among the 10 million Americans living with the chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia. Yet a new study shows that incorporating short bursts of physical activity into the day makes fibromyalgia patients feel and function bet

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  7. Flip-Flops, Flat Shoes Relieve Arthritic Knees

    March 29, 2010 -- If you have knee pain from arthritis, wearing flat, flexible shoes may reduce the stress on your joints and keep you more comfortable, according to new research. In a comparison study that evaluated the force or "load" on arthritic knees while wearing clogs, athletic shoes with sta

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  8. 'Ghostly' Drug May Help Fight RA

    Jan. 28, 2010 - A ghostly "suicide" drug wafts into immune cells in joints, making the cells self-destruct and reducing rheumatoid arthritis in mice. The drug, technically a BH3 mimetic dubbed TAT-BH3, is a man-made molecule. One part of the molecule lets it drift through cell walls. The other part

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  9. Blood Test May Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Jan. 28, 2010 - Elevated levels of inflammatory proteins called cytokines and related factors in the blood may be an early warning sign of impending rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study. Researchers have found that levels of certain cytokines and related factors in the blood increase

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  10. Arthritis Doesn’t Slow Typing

    Jan. 29, 2010 -- A new study finds that people with rheumatoid arthritis are just as fast at most typing as people without rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The more significant predictors of computer speed are training (those with typing training are better than people who hunt-and-peck) and age, accordin

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