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Medical education news
The CFS health care
provider education project, a collaborative effort of The CFIDS Association and
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unveiled a new exhibit at the
American Public Health Conference. The display reminds health care professionals
that they can "help the person behind the symptoms" and offers information about
CFS and continuing education opportunities. The exhibit also traveled to the
American College of Nurse Practitioners annual meeting and will be used at
national conferences over the next year. Also on tap for 2004 is a DVD
presentation of the CFS continuing education seminar, which will be handed out
for free at future conferences.
The CFS continuing education seminar was recently presented to
nurse practitioners in Arkansas and physician assistant students in New Jersey.
Other events are being scheduled around the country, as are "Grand Rounds"
education sessions at some of the nationís leading medical and public health
Feedback from both patients and health care professionals was
central to the redesign of a print advertisement promoting the CFS provider
education project. The ad will be placed in medical and health care journals
including the Journal of Family Practice and New England Journal of
To view images of the new display and the promotional ad,
visit the Associationís Web site at
Japanese to study CFIDS
A consortium of
Japanese university researchers, drug makers, food companies and a government
agency have joined forces to better understand the nature of fatigue and
Top Japanese CFIDS research experts are central participants
in the consortium. The groupís goals are to find biomarkers for fatigue, develop
foods and drugs to combat the symptom and find ways of preventing overwork.
According to the Japan Times, the projectís initial phase, scheduled to
conclude in September 2005, will focus on developing fatigue assessment tools
Skloot wins book award
Author Floyd Skloot
won the 2003 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfic-tion for his collection of
CFIDS-inspired essays, In the Shadow of Memory (Uni-versity of Nebraska
Nearly two decades ago, CFIDS seized sudden control over
Sklootís body and mind. Although he had a knowledgeable and understanding
physician, treatment failed to restore his health. It took years to craft a new
life from what was left of the old one. He began writing to make sense of the
painful, isolating experience of being chronically ill.
Reviews of In the Shadow of Memory and more about Sklootís other publications
Hillenbrand continues to make an impact
Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit, An American
Legend, was selected as one of Vogue magazineís Heroines of 2003. Her story
is featured in the December issue. HIllenbrand was also honored by Glamour
magazine in its December issue, as one of its 12 Women of the Year.
Iraqi schoolchildren will receive free copies of
Seabiscuit, thanks to Hillenbrand and Lt. Col. Sherman McGrew, an army
reservist in Iraq. McGrew wrote to Hillenbrand of the positive impact her book
made on him and a group of schoolgirls he met while delivering medical aid.
Hillenbrand, touched by McGrewís story, is purchasing 500 copies of the Arabic
translation of Seabiscuit for the students.