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August FaMily Magazine

Dedication to NeilThis month’s magazine is dedicated to Neil, a member of the FMA UK Forum, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Here we remember Neil and what he meant to those who knew him.

You can also read about the group leaders meeting held in Nottingham in June, where the volunteer awards were presented to the regional winners and overall national winner, Sue Stafford-Binks, and the exciting news that the US FDA has approved a new drug for FM called duloxetine (Cymbalta).

With best wishes,
Kathy Longley (FMA UK Editor)(Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles)

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In Memory of Neil (own2feet)
Neil, an active participant on the FMA UK Forum, sadly passed away earlier this year. He will be sorely missed, especially for his humour and constant encouragement. We dedicate this magazine to his memory…..

FDA Approval of Cymbalta
In June, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved duloxetine (Cymbalta) for the treatment of fibromyalgia. This makes duloxetine the second drug to be approved for fibromyalgia, after pregabalin (Lyrica) was approved last year. "Approval of duloxetine by the FDA will offer an alternative officially recognised treatment of fibromyalgia and provide further recognition of this condition," says Dr Kim Lawson, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy at Sheffield University and member of the FMA UK MAB. "We await confirmation in usual-care settings of the improvements in health status of patients…….. 

In June, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved duloxetine (Cymbalta) for the treatment of fibromyalgia. This makes duloxetine the second drug to be approved for fibromyalgia, after pregabalin (Lyrica) was approved last year. "Approval of duloxetine by the FDA will offer an alternative officially recognised treatment of fibromyalgia and provide further recognition of this condition," says Dr Kim Lawson, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy at Sheffield University and member of the FMA UK MAB. "We await confirmation in usual-care settings of the improvements in health status of patients…….. 

National Awareness Week: September 8th - 14
Many different activities are used during this week to raise awareness amongst the public and health professionals. Groups have information stands in various locations from supermarkets to hospitals. They distribute literature and talk with people who have at last found something to explain their symptoms or those of family and friends………

OMERACT: Outcome Measures in Rheumatology & Arthritis Clinical Trials by Kathy Longley
In May, I was invited to join a panel of patients attending the OMERACT conference in Canada. The organisers couldn't have chosen a more stunning location, with the conference hotel nestled in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies at Kananaskis. We were surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains, wide expanses of coniferous forest and beautiful emerald green lakes. The scenery was so breathtaking that I have to admit to gazing longingly out of the window during some of the extensive meetings and made the most of any short breaks. OMERACT is designed to allow rheumatology experts to come together to discuss what they should be measuring in their clinical trials and how the measurements should be made. Measurements are….

Group Leaders' Meeting 2008, Nottingham by Pam Stewart
There were 15 groups represented at this meeting held in June at the City Hospital in Nottingham.
There were 15 groups represented at this meeting held in June at the City Hospital in Nottingham. Christine Brown, regional co-ordinator for the Midlands, organised the venue and along with her helpers, Florrie, Michael and June, provided delicious refreshments. Pam Stewart talked about the achievements of FMA UK since the meeting last year (see chair's report page 4). Groups were then split up so that each table had members from different groups, so they could discuss activities they had done during the year and swap good ideas about what worked best…….

FMA UK Chair's Report 2008 by Pam Stewart
The year since the last group leaders meeting has been another busy one for FMA UK, with existing workload increasing and new initiatives being taken on. To help with this we have two new team members. Betty Farron has become a trustee and taken on the role of fundraiser, a vital position if we are to move forward. Chloe Southall has become an employed part-time member of staff for the office…….

From Preconception Care to Postnatal Success with Midwife Denyse Moore
Welcome to the 2nd to last article in this series. Last month labour and vaginal birth was the topic and so following on in this article I will discuss instrumentally assisted births, including caesarean section and vaginal birth after having had a previous caesarean section. Please remember that natural vaginal births are the normal way to have your children and the least physically stressful, even with FM. There are two types of instrumentally assisted vaginal birth techniques….

Assembly Member visits Bridgend FM Group
In June, Bridgend Assembly Member Carwyn Jones visited the Bridgend Fibromyalgia Group at their monthly meeting at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend…..

Melatonin (as Circadin) Becomes Available on an NHS Prescription
GPs can now offer melatonin on prescription to treat older adult patients diagnosed with primary insomnia. Circadin is the first pharmaceutical grade licensed melatonin available for the short-term treatment of primary insomnia in patients aged 55 years or over…


GPs can now offer melatonin on prescription to treat older adult patients diagnosed with primary insomnia. Circadin is the first pharmaceutical grade licensed melatonin available for the short-term treatment of primary insomnia in patients aged 55 years or over…

An Increased Prevalence of Fibromyalgia in Iron Deficiency Anaemia Patients
Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is the most common type of anaemia, and occurs when dietary intake or absorption of iron is insufficient. As a result, haemoglobin, (a protein-based carrier of iron and oxygen found in red blood cells), cannot be formed. Iron deficiency anaemia usually develops slowly, therefore may go unrecognised for long periods of time….

Yeast Issues - An Update on the Signs, Diagnosis & Treatment of Yeast Overgrowth by Blake Graham
A small amount of yeast micro-organisms - single-celled fungi - are normal inhabitants of our intestinal ecosystem. Disturbance of intestinal microbiology and immune function, which are intimately linked, predisposes to excessive levels of intestinal yeast.

A small amount of yeast micro-organisms - single-celled fungi - are normal inhabitants of our intestinal ecosystem. Disturbance of intestinal microbiology and immune function, which are intimately linked, predisposes to excessive levels of intestinal yeast.

Am I Crazy? Understanding the Mind-Body Connection in CFS/Fibromyalgia by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum
In medicine, we have a bad habit. If a doctor cannot figure out what is wrong with the patient, the doctor brands that patient a "turkey." Imagine calling an electrician because your lights do not work. The electrician checks all the wiring, can't find the problem, and says, "You're crazy. There's nothing wrong with your lights." You flip the switches and they still do not work, but the electrician just says, "I've looked. There's no problem here," and walks out the door….

The World of Fibromyalgia Politics, Barcelona, Spain
After a year and a half of hard work, the Catalan CFS/ME and FMS associations reached their first big victory: a Parliamentary Resolution voted by unanimity to organise health services for people with these illnesses. This unanimous vote was only possible because the associations had gathered in 2007 almost 140,000 signatures as part of a Legislative ….

Fibromyalgia - Ultimately a Disease of Amplified Pain by Dr Mark J. Pellegrino
Many conditions can lead to permanent changes in the pain transmission mechanism and result in chronic pain that overwhelms the body’s pain defence mechanisms. One such condition is fibromyalgia…

Many conditions can lead to permanent changes in the pain transmission mechanism and result in chronic pain that overwhelms the body’s pain defence mechanisms. One such condition is fibromyalgia…

Christine’s Cookbook: Scottish Oatcakes
Oats contain fibre, seven B vitamins, vitamin E and nine minerals, including iron and calcium. They help to stabilize blood sugar levels, helping you to feel ‘full’ for longer than with most other foods. In recent years, the discovery of the cholesterol-lowering properties in oats has led to their wider appreciation and they are now considered a ‘health food’….

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