Fibromyalgia Tissue Bank Is World's First

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    Fibromyalgia tissue bank is world's first .........

    Charles Kelly
    The Arizona Republic
    Feb. 28, 2007 12:00 AM

    SUN CITY - A new tissue bank and new research at the Sun Health Research Institute could offer hope to millions of people in this country suffering from fibromyalgia, a chronic syndrome whose many symptoms include fatigue and muscle, joint and bone pain.

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $1.4 million grant to Dr. Dianne Lorton, head of the institute's Robert J. Hoover Center for Arthritis Research, to set up the world's first fibromyalgia tissue bank.

    "Tissue collected from fibromyalgia patients will be an incredible resource for finding answers to the questions of what causes fibromyalgia and how we can successfully treat it," Lorton said.

    The bank will lay the groundwork for the institute to do innovative research on glial cells - activated brain and spinal cord cells - which are the focus of the latest theory on what causes fibromyalgia pain.

    The institute needs fibromyalgia patients to donate tissue, Lorton said.

    The research may help sufferers of long-term pain associated not only with fibromyalgia, but shingles, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and AIDS.

    Tissue donation will not occur until the donor's death. However, donors will be asked to visit the institute each year. Information: (623) 875-6528.


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