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Smaakversterker mono...

Onderzoek uit Kenia suggereert dat consumptie van mononatriumglutamaat (Engelse afkorting: MSG) chronische pijn in de hand werkt. MSG is de belangrijkste bron van vrij glutamaat, maar vrij glutamaat komt ook van nature voor in sojasaus en parmesaanse kaas. Ook voedingsmiddelen met 'gehydrolyseerd proteïne' kunnen glutamaat bevatten. De link tussen MSG en pijn werd gevonden in een erg kleine pilotstudie.

Gezondheidsraad advi...

De Gezondheidsraad adviseert nieuwe criteria voor de diagnose voor ME/CVS (voorheen vaak chronisch vermoeidheidssyndroom genoemd). Dit advies legde de Gezondheidsraad op 19 maart voor aan de Tweede Kamer. Het advies is gebaseerd op een rapport van de Amerikaanse National Academy of Medicine uit 2015. Volgens de Gezondheidsraad moet ME/CVS niet meer gezien worden als syndroom, maar als een ziekte waarvan de klachten behandeld moeten worden. De symptomen kunnen verlicht worden met behulp van bijvoorbeeld medicatie of multidisciplinaire behandeling. Hoewel cognitieve gedragstherapie voorheen vaak geadviseerd werd, kan dat volgens de nieuwe richtlijnen nog wel, maar het ‘moet’ niet meer.

Meditatie vermindert...

Chronische pijn kan het normale dagelijkse leven aardig belemmeren. De statistieken vandaag de dag zijn alarmerend;  veel mensen lijden chronisch pijn. Pijnstillers zijn niet altijd het antwoord. Meditatie is een (bewezen) methode die daadwerkelijk effectief voor pijn verlicht. Pijnklachten verminderen aanzienlijk en de pijn is minder intensief, zo blijkt uit diverse onderzoeken.

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Vitamin D supplements may help ease fibromyalgia pain according to a new study

There's no cure for fibromyalgia, which can lead to pain, fatigue and several other symptoms, the researchers said. The exact cause of the illness remains unclear.

In the study, researchers led by Dr. Florian Wepner, of Orthopedic Hospital Vienna Speising, sought to discover whether there is a link between a patient's vitamin D levels and the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. Vitamin D often is called the "sunshine vitamin" because it is manufactured by the body through sunlight's activity on the skin.

Wepner's team launched a randomized, controlled trial in 30 women with fibromyalgia who also had low levels of vitamin D. Some of the women took supplements for 25 weeks and then were tracked for another 24 weeks.

Reporting in the February issue of the journal Pain, the researchers said those who took supplements reported less pain and morning fatigue over time than those who did not receive the supplements.

"Vitamin D may be regarded as a relatively safe and economical treatment and an extremely cost-effective alternative or adjunct to expensive pharmacological treatment," Wepner said in a journal news release.

Vitamin D levels should be monitored in fibromyalgia patients -- especially in the winter when levels can be lower due to less sun exposure -- and adjusted as necessary, Wepner said.

Although the study was able to find an association between vitamin D supplementation and an easing of fibromyalgia pain, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link.

However, two experts on the illness said the findings make sense.

"Fibromyalgia patients and those with chronic pain should certainly have their vitamin D blood levels checked and, if low, consider supplementation under the guidance of a physician," said Dr. Kiran Patel, a pain medicine specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City who often treats people with fibromyalgia.

Dr. Houman Danesh, director of integrative pain management at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, agreed. "Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to chronic pain, and this study further strengthens the argument to replenish vitamin D in deficient individuals," he said.

"It is important to note that these patients were under the care of a physician during the vitamin repletion, and that it took months for the benefits to be shown," Danesh said. "This is expected, as vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and is stored in fat cells. When a patient has low levels, those stores need to be replenished, and this takes weeks or months to occur."

Danesh cautioned, however, that people who worry that they are vitamin D-deficient should always check with their doctor before taking supplements. Taking in too much vitamin D can actually be toxic and cause harm, he said.

"Patients should consult their doctor if they think they are deficient or have their levels checked at their next physical," he said.

SOURCES: Kiran Patel, M.D, pain medicine specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Houman Danesh, M.D., director, integrative pain management, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City; Elsevier, press release, Jan. 17, 2014