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The Illusion You Will Be Forever Able Bodied And The Limits Of Empathy

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  By James C Coyne in Medium.   This is an edit of something I wrote in 2016, which I return to read every now and then. Sometimes I tinker with it, like now. I wrote it soon after I first became a professional advocating for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis, a set […]

Noise And ME

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    NOISE AND ME My ME sensory radar Has really taken hold It’s caused my life to change, In a way that’s strange And not just because I’m old ! Noise and sounds now cripple me In ways some won’t believe The click of a door Can get right to my core In a […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Initiative

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    From Stanford Medicine   Welcome The ME/CFS Initiative conducts extensive clinical research in an effort to improve diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating illness. Stanford Medicine has had great success in engaging and collaborating with nearly 50 researchers across Stanford University and beyond. Together, they have discovered various potential biomarkers that have confirmed […]

#MEAction Scotland’s Petition: Progress Continues

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  From Meaction Scotland.   On Thursday 19th December, 2019 the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee met to continue its consideration of  #MEAction Scotland’s petition, PE1690, which calls for a review of treatment of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in Scotland. Appearing before the committee to give evidence were Jeane Freeman, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for […]

The Grace Charity For ME

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    From The Grace Charity site.   If you have M.E., the following might help you practically: G.P. If anyone can recommend good GPs in the Maidstone area for M.E. sufferers, please let us know. Try to get a supportive G.P. They are the gateway to much needed benefits. If you can’t get a […]

Marcie Zinn Was A Force For ME

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    From Meaction. We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Marcie Zinn, PhD, who was a dedicated researcher, advocate and person with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Marcie died of sudden heart failure on Dec. 28, 2019. Marcie and her husband, Mark, founded the Neurocognitive Research Institute (NCRI), a non-profit that specializes in 3D-mapping of the […]

The Temporary ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia Recovery Stories – What Can They Tell Us ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   In 2015, Dean Echenberg, MD, PhD, a former public health official and Director of Disease Control in San Francisco at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, had a question. His own course of ME/CFS had been anything but smooth. Echenberg had experienced years of illness punctuated sometimes […]

Smartphones Are Introducing Tech That Makes The World More Accessible For People With Disabilities

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By Erin Magner in Well and Good.   It’s easy to throw shade at smartphones for all the ways they suck us in, burn us out, and keep us up at night. But let’s not forget that our constant computerized companions have many qualities worth celebrating, too. For starters, they’re helping to make life easier for people with disabilities. […]

Scope Accused Of ‘Exploitation’ After Seeking Disabled Writer To Work For Free

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disability charity has been accused of “exploitative” and “disgraceful” behaviour after asking disabled journalists to write an article for its website without payment. The charity Scope sent out a message on social media this week seeking a “disability blogger” who could write an article […]

Developing Chronic Fatigue Taught Me To Live In The Moment

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  By Chloe Cooper in Voices.   In early January 2019, I was doing what I do every year – reviewing my achievements of the past 12 months and setting my goals for the year to come. Like countless others who go through the same process, this felt like an essential step to becoming the […]

Mayo Clinic Research Discovers A Molecular Switch For Repairing Central Nervous System Disorders

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  From The Mayo Clinic.   ROCHESTER, Minn. — A molecular switch has the ability to turn on a substance in animals that repairs neurological damage in disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Mayo Clinic researchers discovered. The early research in animal models could advance an already approved Food and Drug Administration therapy and also could lead to […]

30 Years Beyond Comprehension

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  From A Life Hidden.   Today is the 30th anniversary of the day I became ill.  How surreal those words sound, even after three decades spent adjusting to them.  My illness now accounts for three quarters of my life: a span of time so vast that it defies comprehension. When I fell ill as […]

M.E. Just Cut And Paste….

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  M.E. – JUST CUT AND PASTE….. Hair’s a mess, can’t get dressed Can I shower, that’s the test Done ok, the shoes are on Now where the hell’s my energy gone? Another day has been a waste Another day just cut and paste. Can’t get the hang of doing nowt Want to do, wanna […]

The Hollow Man

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  By Andrew O’Connor in ABC News.   The catastrophic collapse of Tony Wallace’s life began slowly and silently. An episode of flu. A persistent illness. A feeling of fatigue. A sense something was not so much wrong, as not quite right. Over time, his ambiguous symptoms have morphed into a condition that defies medical […]

Stop Assuming I’m Not Disabled Just Because I Don’t “Look Disabled”

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  By Rachel Carrington in Rooted in Rights.   I park my car in a parking space reserved for those with disabilities. My door is barely open before I’m confronted by a woman who demands to see my handicap parking placard. Her mother is disabled, and she needs the space. I point her toward my […]

When The Triggers For Your Illness Are Constantly Changing

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    By Lisa Alioto in The Mighty.   For the past six years I have lived with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). It’s a multi-system disease that affects the neurological, endocrine, immune and energy metabolism systems. Its hallmark symptom is post-exertional malaise (PEM). PEM is a reduction in functioning and a severe worsening of symptoms after even minimal exertion. […]

Immune Cell Metabolism Altered In ME/CFS

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From NIH Research Matters.   ME/CFS is a complex, poorly understood disease. Symptoms can include fatigue, chronic pain, problems thinking and concentrating, poor sleep, and gut problems. These symptoms often worsen after physical or mental activity that wouldn’t have caused a problem before the illness. This is known as post-exertional malaise. About a quarter of […]

How I know ME/CFS* Is A Physical Illness

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    By Una Hearne.   Introduction I am writing this to put a final nail in the coffin of the idea that ME/CFS is a psychosomatic issue; that it is ‘all in the mind’. Having both the physical illness ME/CFS (from age 16) and the mental illness Depression (since birth), I am in a […]

New Government Provides Details On Five Disability Policy Pledges

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The new Conservative government has described how it plans to fulfil the five major disability policy pledges it included in its general election manifesto. The details were included in a briefing document published alongside last month’s Queen’s speech by prime minister Boris Johnson. They cover social care, a […]

We Celebrate The Life And Legacy Of A Warrior For ME

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  From #MEAction.   It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of ME community advocate, Cindy Siegel Shepler. Cindy lived with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and multiple other health issues. She dedicated much of her increasingly limited time and energy to advocacy, increased awareness, and increasing research funds for ME. She had a […]

A Blue Badge And Invisible ME

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    Gone from being life and soul Health gone down a huge black hole Rarely getting out too far Too much pain is the bar A blue badge now has rescued me When strength allows, it sets me free It gets me to a needed door Which was out of my aching reach before […]

Trial By Error: Shaky Evidence For Signs Of Functional Neurological Disorders

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  By David Tuller, DrPH One of my goals next year is to write more about so-called “medically unexplained symptoms,” also known as MUS. The term MUS might be useful as a descriptive name for the large category of phenomena that lack a proven pathophysiological pathway. But in the medical literature, and in the minds […]

Book Exposes ‘Horrifying’ Levels Of Abuse Faced By Disabled People On Public Transport

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A new book by a disabled researcher has detailed the “horrifying” levels of disability hate crime that take place every day on public transport across the UK. David Wilkin says the results of his research are “sometimes startling and almost always distressing” and illustrate the “ongoing […]

“Something Completely Different”: Ian Lipkin Talks At The CDC On ME/CFS

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The talk was titled, “Now for Something Completely Different: A microbe hunter turns to ME/CFS”. Except that Ian Lipkin is not just any microbe hunter: for many people, he’s THE microbe hunter. Internationally known for his breakthrough work on Bornavirus, SARS, MERS, tick-borne illnesses, and others, and his […]

5 Tips For Making Your Christmas Party Accessible

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  By Kerry Thompson in AccessAble.   Disability blogger and campaigner Kerry Thompson, who has Muscular Dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, gives us her top 5 tips for making Christmas parties accessible. December is here! The shops are filled with Christmas Trees and decorations, the bars and restaurants are advertising booking Christmas parties, it’s a […]

Living With An Unsociable Illness

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  From the Not Just Tired Blog.   As I’m writing this post, I’m sat in bed, having to take time out to rest, whilst we have a family member staying with us for the weekend. Enjoying listening from afar to the lively chatter, yet not a part of it. Would I not rather be downstairs, […]

BMJ Should Retract Flawed Research Paper On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By David Tuller in Statnews.com.   Few journals have been more admirable than The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) and some of its sister publications under the BMJ brand in highlighting issues of direct significance to health care consumers. So it is baffling — and troubling — when BMJ editors fail to […]

Latest From Ron Davis: More Evidence Of “Something In The Blood”

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  By Simon McGrath in ME/CFS Research Review.   Dr Ron Davis recently revealed more evidence supporting the idea that there could be “something in the blood” that drives ME/CFS. He’s been on a tour of the US East Coast, winning over scientists and clinicians, one lecture hall at a time. Open Medicine Foundation has […]

Lewisham Commission Hopes To Put Disabled People At Heart Of Decision-Making

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A local authority has become the second in London to set up an independent, user-led commission to investigate the barriers faced by disabled residents. Lewisham Disabled People’s Commission (LDPC) will be led by disabled people and will examine organisational, attitudinal and physical barriers faced by disabled […]

Study Finds Differences In Energy Use By Immune Cells In ME/CFS

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  From The National Institutes Of Health.   New findings published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggest that specific immune T cells from people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) show disruptions in the way they produce energy. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health. “This research gives us additional evidence […]

Nanoneedle Update: Finding What’s In The Blood

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    By Janet Dafoe in Phoenix Rising. There are a lot of various threads and tweets about this so I asked Ron to clarify where the research is at and what the plans are. As for everything else, this has gone a lot slower than it could have if he’d had more funding. The […]

Natural Born Killers

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  From ME Research UK.   Despite their dramatic name, natural killer (NK) cells are actually a very important part of our immune system and help protect us from viruses by killing cells that have been infected. They can also target tumour cells. There is evidence to suggest that the cytotoxicity of NK cells (that […]

Tips On How To Survive The Festive Season

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Christmas can be a particularly hard time of year for people living with chronic ill-health. It can be a mental and physical strain, filled with potential pitfalls. I have to admit I’ve never been a Christmassy person. We (my family) didn’t celebrate Christmas when […]

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