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The Guardian and World Health recently wrote articles on new research about Fibromyalgia which may be caused by be an autoimmune response that increases the activity of pain-sensing nerves throughout the body.

The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, challenge the widely held view that the condition originates in the brain, and could pave the way for more effective treatments for the millions of people affected.

They could also have implications for patients suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and “long Covid”. “These different syndromes are symptomatically very similar, so I think it could be very relevant to both of these conditions,” said Dr David Andersson from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, who led the new study. Andersson and his colleagues harvested blood from 44 people with fibromyalgia and injected purified antibodies from each of them into different mice. The mice rapidly became more sensitive to pressure and cold, and displayed reduced grip strength in their paws. Animals injected with antibodies from healthy people were unaffected.

“Establishing that fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disorder will transform how we view the condition and should pave the way for more effective treatments for the millions of people affected,” Andersson said. “Our work has uncovered a whole new area of therapeutic options and should give real hope to fibromyalgia patients.

The World Health wrote that new research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the Karolinska Institute, has shown that many of the symptoms in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) are caused by antibodies that increase the activity of pain-sensing nerves throughout the body.

The results show that fibromyalgia is a disease of the immune system, rather than the currently held view that it originates in the brain.

Source World Health, The Guardian

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An article in Pasadena News wrote about a breast cancer survivor and her take on how to help you to prevent getting cancer.

Her lifestyle changes involved eating right, managing your weight and exercising regularly, has proven to significantly protect one’s health against disease, including many forms of cancer, according to Dr. Rashmi Menon, an oncologist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

Dr. Menon noted a diet based on less consumption of red meat and processed food, a higher intake of fiber, vegetables and lean meats that include fish and chicken reduce a person’s risk of developing many forms of cancer, including breast and colon cancer. She also encouraged 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise such as aerobics or jogging.

“If you adopt these lifestyle changes, you will have a lower risk of developing cancer and many other diseases,” Dr. Menon explained. “At any point in time, there’s a benefit to eating healthy and exercising. Even after one develops cancer, the outcome will be improved if you’re able to reduce your weight and start exercising.”

Dr. Menon noted the suggested daily caloric intake for men should not exceed 2,400 calories, or 2,000 calories for women.

The Mayo Clinic have 7 tips to reduce the risk of getting cancer –

Consider these cancer-prevention tips.

  • Don’t use tobacco. Using any type of tobacco puts you on a collision course with cancer.
  • Eat a healthy diet. …
  • Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active. …
  • Protect yourself from the sun. …
  • Get vaccinated. …
  • Avoid risky behaviors. …
  • Get regular medical care

Breast Cancer Care UK also have some great healthy living tips –

  1. Have a healthy and nutritious breakfast:
  2. Have one piece of fruit today
  3. Have a meat free day every week
  4. Drink, drink, drink
  5. Reduce the alcohol
  6. Chew slowly and carefully

And finally, get to know your family health history.

Source: Pasadena Now, Breast Cancer UK, Mayo Clinic