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Brain Studies Show Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Gulf War Illness Are Distinct Conditions

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    By Karen Teber in Georgetown University Medical Center News.   Gulf War Illness (GWI) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) share symptoms of disabling fatigue, pain, systemic hyperalgesia (tenderness), negative emotion, sleep and cognitive dysfunction that are made worse after mild exertion (postexertional malaise). Now, neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have evidence, derived […]

7 Ways To Survive A Flare When You’re Chronically Ill

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    By Toni Bernhard J.D. in Turning Straw Into Gold.   Part of living day-to-day with chronic illness (which includes chronic pain) is learning to cope with a flare in symptoms. Even though my parade of symptoms tend to be relentlessly the same, at times they flare and can even feel out of control. Here are […]

The Best Analogy To Explain ‘Energy Debt’ With Chronic Illness

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    By Teresa Ledwith in The Mighty.   The other day I was struggling, as many of us with chronic illness do, to explain myself to a friend. As usual, I had to give up. I can’t explain to her why it’s not easy for me to drive in and out of my nearest city (an […]

ME And Me: Making Films About Disability To Raise Awareness

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      From Disability Horizons.   Disabled writer and actor Thom Jackson-Wood, who has ME, talks to Disability Horizons about his films, Awaken and The Black Box, both of which are about disability. Written after frustrations at disabled people being misrepresented on TV, he hopes the films will raise awareness of different disabilities, and […]

From Infectious Disease Specialist To ME/CFS Expert: Dr. Bela Chedda Talks

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   I met Dr. Chheda of the Center for Complex Diseases at Ron Davis’s Working Group Meetings funded by the Open Medicine Foundation. She graciously agreed to talk more about how she approaches treating ME/CFS in her practice. I was particularly eager to talk to one of the younger […]

Bold Plans For Two Big Biomedical Research Projects

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      By Simon McGrath in ME/CFS Research Review.   A new research team is hoping to boost UK biomedical research with a proposal for a very large genetic study and a major expansion of the UK ME/CFS biobank. The new ME/CFS Biomedical Partnership is headed up Professor Chris Ponting, and Dr Luis Nacul […]

Can mHealth Tools, Smart Clothing Help In Chronic Fatigue Research ?

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    By Eric Wicklund in mHealth Intelligence.   mHealth researchers in Canada are launching a five-year project to gather information through wearables and smart clothing to help people living with chronic fatigue syndrome. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research today unveiled the Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – ICANCME – Research Network. The program will use […]

Fear Of The Unknown – Leaving My Protective Cocoon

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   I have a hospital appointment coming up. It’s for a painless, straightforward heart scan (Echocardiogram) as a follow-up to my recent heart problems. Now this would be a simple activity for a healthy, able-bodied person but for someone with a disabling chronic illness like […]

The Suffering Of One Of Us Is The Story Of All Of Us: Pt I – REELing

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    By Kyle McNease in Health Rising.    (Kyle’s story of going from abundant health to a very severe case of ME/CFS, and then, when all looked bleakest, back to relative health, almost defies description. The length of his narrative, the elegance and directness of his writing, even the difficulty it sometimes presents, makes it unique […]

Marcel Robert’s View Is A Darkened Room In A Rest Home: Life With Chronic Illness ME

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    By Natalie Akoorie in M.E. Awareness NZ.   Marcel Robert lives in a rest home. He is 31 years old. Natalie Akoorie finds out what it’s like to be unable to live life because of an illness and why funding for research is so important. In a darkened room at Oxford Court Lifecare in […]

Using A Heart Rate Monitor To Prevent Post-Exertional Malaise In ME/CFS

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    By Susan L. Jackson in ProHealth.   One of the identifying characteristics and key symptoms of ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome) is an intolerance to even mild exertion, known as Post-Exertional Malaise or PEM. In simple terms, this means that when people with ME/CFS engage in activity – even just walking […]

‘I’ve Got Relatives With ME/CFS’ – Dr Richard Medlicott’s Reason Behind Fundraising Ride

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    By: Natalie Akoorie in New Zealand Herald.   Richard Medlicott is not your usual GP. The Wellington doctor, and former medical director of the New Zealand College of General Practitioners, is raising money for a chronic illness that many in the medical profession know little about. Medlicott has set up a Givealittle page for his […]

A Self-Help Guide To Managing Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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    From ME Support.   Introduction I have had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis of varying degrees for the majority of my life, including periods of being housebound and bedridden. Conventional medicine offers us few options, and we’re faced with conflicting advice on living with M.E.; therefore, it’s difficult to know which way to turn. One thing […]

Inside The Isolation Caused By ME/CFS Hypersensitivity

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   I find hypersensitivity one of the hardest ME/CFS symptoms to cope with as it can be so isolating. Hypersensitivity comes in many forms: hypersensitivity to light, touch, noise, smells, vibrations, foods, medication, chemicals, heat, cold and irritants like pollen and dust. All of […]

How To Tell If Your Exhaustion Could Actually Be A Symptom Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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      By Hattie Gladwell in the Metro. Many of us experience tiredness – but when are your symptoms actually a sign of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? It’s normal to get tired from daily activities, or because you’re not getting enough sleep. Having a stressful day, working too many hours or having a strenuous workout […]

Emerging Insights #1: McGregor’s Grand Conception Of ME/CFS

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   This is the first in a series of blogs that report on the recent EMERGE conference in Australia. The different conference format – which allowed for long presentations – allowed the presenters to dig more deeply into their topics than usual. Longtime Australian metabolomics researcher Neil McGregor took […]

What Does ‘Listen To Your Body’ Mean When You Have M.E ?

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  From ME Action.   So I’ve been doing this fundraiser, where I try to get 1000 body weight reps done in half an hour every day to raise money for #meaction. It’s been a test for me in listening to my body, and knowing when to slow down, rest, or even skip a day. And it […]

7 Tips For Better Pacing

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      By Julie Holliday in Pro Health. With an energy-limiting chronic illness like ME/CFS, a key to being as well as possible is to make sure you don’t use more energy than you readily have available to you (sometimes called your “energy envelope”). When you push past your limits, your cells have to […]

The Exercise Intolerance In ME/CFS – Is it Unique ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Just about everyone with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has the sense that the disease has an astonishing ability to fall through the cracks. It’s a major disease that affects around a million people in the U.S. yet gets very little funding. It has no home at the NIH; it […]

The Mystery And Life-Wrecking Result Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By Dr Cathy Stephenson in Stuff.   It’s Friday and I feel tired. Its been a busy week of work and I’m looking ahead to a weekend of cooking, cheering on the kids at a variety of sports games and a bit of socialising…..as well as the usual mountain of washing, cleaning and gardening that I […]

One Day He Was ‘Gifted’, The Next He Couldn’t String Together A Sentence

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    By Carrol Baker in kidspot.   Once bright and energetic 12-year-old Ethan struggled to get out of bed in the morning. But, as his mum Shelley says, that was just the beginning. At first, doctors prescribed bed rest. They thought it was a virus and they said you can’t really do anything for a virus, he’ll just […]

Medical Council Agrees New Guidelines Are Needed

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    by Sasha Nimmo in ME Australia.  National Health and Medical Research Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Prof Anne Kelso, today released her response the ME and CFS advisory committee’s report. Prof Kelso has decided that the NHMRC should develop clinical guidance on ME/CFS. This is a major decision as the current guidelines were condemned […]

Beneath The Surface, Part 2

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    By Naomi Whittingham in A Life Hidden.   In Part 1, I highlighted some positive aspects of the BACME guidelines, as well as giving an overview of my concerns. Here, in Part 2, I look more closely at the guidelines’ focus on deconditioning and graded exercise therapy (GET), as well as their failure to address […]

Trial By Error: Bristol’s Report Due Soon; Slides From My Oxford Talk

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  By David Tuller, DrPH A day of reckoning could be coming for Bristol University and Professor Esther Crawley, the ethically challenged pediatrician whose work has come under official scrutiny (that is, under scrutiny from people with greater authority than me) on multiple fronts. According to the Health Research Authority, the National Health Service unit […]

New Research Network Brings Fresh Energy To Fight Against ME

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  By Ryan O’Byrne of University of Alberta.   The first research network in Canada to focus on chronic fatigue syndrome eager to attract new research into the poorly understood disease. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is not a new disease, but it is one of the least understood. There […]

SEID Is Killing ME

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  From ME Advocacy.   Advocating in the United States for the disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) has reached a new challenge that threatens the very core of the recognition for the disease. While some advocacy organizations have diverged and taken the alarming path of partnering with the US Health and Human Services (HHS) in adopting, […]

The Myhill Mitochondrial Test And ME/CFS Studies Take A Hit

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The ATP Profiles test developed by Dr John McLaren-Howard (and the Mitochondrial Energy Score developed from it) has been a big deal for the chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) community. The test formed the basis for studies dating back to 2009 by Dr. Myhill, Dr. McLaren and Dr. Booth which asserted […]

Advocating For ME-ICC In Washington, DC

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    From ME Advocacy.   It has been 50 years since the World Health Organization classified myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) as a neurological disease in 1969. Thirty plus years of misinformation about the harsh reality ME patients face has led to a crisis of grossly inadequate patient care. For decades patients have dealt with doctors […]

M.E. Information

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    From ME Support.   What is M.E.? The most frequently asked questions form this resource, which doubles as a useful information sheet to download. Myalgic “my-AL-jik” means muscle pain. Encephalomyelitis “en-SEF-uh-lo-MY-uh-LY-tis” means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. A Short History of M.E. An insight into the history of this debilitating condition and the efforts […]

He pioneered technology that fueled the Human Genome Project. Now his greatest challenge is curing his own son

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  By Ryan Prior, CNN.   (CNN)Multiple times a day, every day, Ron Davis sits with his head bowed, waiting outside his son’s bedroom for a subtle signal that it’s all right to come in. He opens the door to the space where Whitney has spent most of the last decade. Whitney lies motionless on […]

Parents And Children Missing From Their Lives Due To M.E.

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  From #MEAction.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a debilitating, chronic disease that steals so much from the person. Parents with ME are missing precious days and years with their children due to the disease, and parents of children with ME are fighting to provide care for their sick children in a world where there is […]

My Story

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    From Mummying and M.E.   I used to be healthy (ish!) Full of energy. I used to think nothing of working a 10+ hour day, 5 days a week, going to a 2-hour rehearsal twice a week after work, and most other nights going for a drink or 2 at the local. Weekends were spent […]

Rituximab For Patients With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Fail

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    From Questioning Answers.   B-cell depletion using several infusions of rituximab over 12 months was not associated with clinical improvement in patients with ME/CFS [Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome].” That was the conclusion reached in the paper by Øystein Fluge and colleagues [1]. Their findings based on the use of rituximab, “a drug that is often used to treat inflammatory diseases (for […]

The Never-Ending Challenge Of Dealing With Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM)

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  From the Not Just Tired Blog.   After a good day, or a spell of feeling pretty ok, it’s always a kick in the teeth when Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM) catches up with you. As I’m sure those of you living with ME/CFS, will be all too familiar with. For those not familiar, PEM is […]

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