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Life Happens: Sleep, Weight, and Activity in Fibromyalgia

life happens

On July 5, Akiko Okifuji, PhD, presented “Life Happens” at the monthly Bateman Horne Center education meeting. Dr. Okifuji is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah. She has been actively conducting clinical research in chronic pain field, particularly in the area of fibromyalgia, for the past 20 years. She is…

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NASA 10-Minute Lean Test

10 Minute Lean Test

A Simple Way to Assess Orthostatic Intolerance On June 7, 2017, at the monthly BHC Education Meeting, Pelle Wall, BHC Research Coordinator, reviewed the procedure and shared information about the research underway. Orthostatic intolerance (OI) is an umbrella term used to describe abnormal autonomic nervous system response to orthostatic challenge.  Orthostatic hypotension (OH), neurally mediated hypotension (NMH) [or…

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Open House Offers a Glimpse of BHC Progress

Open House

In 2015, the Bateman Horne Center began a transformation. Once the Fatigue Consultation Clinic (FCC) and the Organization for Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Education & Research (OFFER), two separate organizations with regional footprint came together to make a global impact. A small handful of donors invested greatly in our dream and ensured we had the resources needed to…

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Not Without ME

Not Without ME

A Research Update On May 3rd, at the monthly BHC Education Meeting, Linda Avey and Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD discussed their cutting-edge research collaboration. Linda described how her team is working together with the Bateman Horne Center to track data, chart experiences and find patient-generated answers using Precise.ly.  Suzanne shared the results of an ME/CFS…

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Living With a Partner Who Has ME/CFS or FM

Partner with ME/CFS or FM

Chronic illness and marriage is a complicated combination. It’s rare to see  or hear a healthy spouse’s perspective on their partner’s disease because it is a topic that can be very difficult – as much for the one speaking as for the one hearing it. With an estimated divorce rate as high as 75% among…

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4 Tips to Improve Doctor-Patient Communication

doctor-patient communication

Effective doctor-patient communication is critical to building a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship, which is at the heart of delivering high-quality healthcare. When there is open and productive communication, doctors and patients are more effective in exchanging information, patients have greater comprehension of their medical issues, and they are more empowered in decision making about their own…

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Tips for Carepartners

Carepartner Help and Support

When Someone You Love has ME/CFS or FM There are many diseases that can be considered invisible, but there are substantial differences in how individuals are viewed culturally and socially, depending on their diagnoses. Diabetes, lupus, MS, and others can be invisible illnesses, but few would ever question the limitations of someone with one of…

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Novel Gene Variants in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

Novel Gene Variants

Presented by Alan R. Light, PhD. In February 2017, Dr. Light began a new NIH-funded research grant, Novel Gene Variants in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. This is a continuation of earlier work which discovered a number of novel variants in both chromosomal and mitochondrial genes that could contribute to the symptoms found in patients. This talk…

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What’s the Buzz – January 2017

Buzz - January 2017

Buzz – January 2017: We scoured the Internet to bring you a list of news articles, blogs and research publications we think you’ll find interesting for this month’s What’s the Buzz post.   On January 27th, the NIH made two big announcements of federal funding for ME/CFS collaborative research centers and Data Management and Coordinating Centers. While some feel the…

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Redefining POTS so that Everybody Understands

Redefining POTS

“Redefining POTS so that everybody understands: a primary care pediatric sports medicine perspective and review” Presented by Dr. Craig Colebey   Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS is a disabling disorder, representing “a common pathway” for multiple different causes.  The heterogenous nature of its pathophysiology presents a challenge in its diagnosis and treatment.  I present…

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