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Trial By Error: Fiona Godlee Doubles Down On Lightning Process Study

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      By David Tuller, DrPH. Earlier this week, Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ, e-mailed me in response to concerns expressed about the study of the Lightning Process published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, one of the journals under her purview. Those concerns were expressed in an open letter to her […]

Christchurch Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferer Told It Was All In Her Head

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  By Oliver Lewis in stuff.co.nz.   An estimated 16,000 to 20,000 people in New Zealand have chronic fatigue syndrome. Despite this, the debilitating condition remains poorly understood. OLIVER LEWIS reports. Gillian Watson calls it the year she forgot. The Christchurch woman was struck down with flu in the latter half of 2015 and never really […]

7 Ways To Tackle Low Self-Esteem With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  By Colleen Downey in The Mighty.   Self-esteem is generally described as the degree of regard or respect individuals have for themselves and is a subjective measure of worth that we place on our abilities and judgments; it is an understanding we create of our worth based on emotions and beliefs about how we […]

UK Charity Pledges £500,000 For Research Into ME In Norwich Research Park

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    From The Quadram Institute.   UK Charity Invest in ME Research is pledging £500,000 for continued research into the disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS) in Norwich Research Park, UK (NRP). This major investment builds on the foundations already made for a UK/European Centre of Excellence for ME research hub in Norwich Research Park. The […]

You Don’t Look Sick: ‘People Think I’m Too Young To Be Disabled’

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    By Laura Abernethy in The Metro. ‘But you don’t look sick’ is something that people with chronic illnesses often hear. Others judge them based on their idea of what disability looks like. Our series speaks to a different person each week about their experiences of living with a long term condition and how […]

Are You A Clumper Or Slider ? The ESR ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia Poll

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It’s the simplest of medical tests. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or SED rate) test simply measures the rate at which the red blood cells in whole blood descend in a test tube over a period of one hour. This non-specific measure of inflammation works because, during an inflammatory process, […]

Solid Ground At Last ? Cytokines Make Good In Major ME/CFS Review

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  By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   The immune system in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has been kind of like a mirage in the desert. Given the way the disease starts and its symptom presentation – so close to the “sickness behavior” produced during an infection – it seems that the immune system must […]

Meet The Researchers – Michael Van Elzakker (PhD) and Kenneth Kwong (PhD)

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From Solve ME/CFS Initiative.   Michael (Mike) Van Elzakker, PhD, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has been an influential thought leader in how the field might leverage imaging techniques to assess neurological features of ME/CFS. Kenneth (Ken) Kwong, PhD and Suk-tak (Phoebe) Chan, PhD, experts in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), will co-lead the […]

What An M.E. Crash Feels Like

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    From the Mummying And M.E. Blog.   NB: This is just my experience of an M.E. crash. This description is not going to be the same for everyone. My daughter is talking to me this morning, but I don’t understand what she’s saying. My husband has been doing the washing up downstairs, opening […]

Don’t Fight The Quicksand

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From Lorem Ipsum Life   When I was a kid I thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem.* Weirdly, as inaccurate as the movie depictions were of quicksand, they make an excellent analogy for activity and ME. TV and movies taught me that if I fall into quicksand, the worst thing I could […]

A Trial Of ME – Elizabeth’s Story

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  By Elizabeth Thorne in #MEAction. This is me, my story, I am one of the millions missing. I may not look ill to you, but if you see me, it will be because I am having a ‘good’ day because I am well enough to be able to get dressed and leave the house. […]

Trial By Error: “Bristol, It Is Time To Withdraw Your Complaints To Berkeley”

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    By David Tuller, DrPH I have sent the following letter to Jane Bridgwater, Bristol University’s director of legal services and deputy university secretary. ********** Jane Bridgwater Director of Legal Services and Deputy University Secretary University of Bristol Bristol, UK Dear Ms Bridgwater: I have raised multiple concerns in recent years about research conducted […]

Breaking Through The Stigma Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  On Mornings with Kia Handley.   It’s more than just being tired. It’s got nothing to do with being lazy or making things up or being a hypochondriac. Life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is full of stigma and frustration. So what is it like? Nelly Thomas, comedian and author, is a mother to a […]

The 20 Best Supplements For Pain & Fatigue

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Pain and fatigue are probably the two most common symptoms across a whole host of medical conditions. It is estimated that around 43% of people in the UK experience chronic pain – this equates to 28 million in the UK alone. In the […]

Beneath The Surface, Part 3

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    From A Life Hidden.   The third and final part of a series analysing the British Association of CFS/ME (BACME) guidelines on severe ME.  I have chosen to write extensively on this subject, as the guidelines encompass several themes that are important to me. The BACME guidelines support the biopsychosocial (BPS) model of ME, which […]

Dr Byron Hyde ME Expert

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By Wendy Boutilier in Global Advocates 4 Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.   Dr. Byron Marshall Hyde studied pre-medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto followed by a degree in Chemistry and Nutrition in 1961. His first medical employment was as an immunological research chemist at the Roscoe B. Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine – a leading […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Gradually Figuring Out What’s Wrong

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  By Anthony Komaroff, MD in Harvard Health Publishing.   In 1983, a health professional in her 30s walked into my office and said, “I’ve been healthy all of my life. A year ago, I came down with some kind of virus — sore throat, aching muscles, swollen lymph glands, fever. My fatigue was so bad […]

After Long-Awaited Recognition, Serious Research Begins On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Vik Adhopia – CBC News.   A network of Canadian scientists is trying to make up for lost time in the search for a standard diagnostic test and treatment for a debilitating, poorly understood disease that had long been dismissed as a psychological illness. Myalgic encephalomyelitis ― commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) ― is […]

Neuroendocrine Dysfunctions in Prolonged Critical Illness: Relevance for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Pt. I

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    By Dominic Stanculescu in Health Rising.    Summary Prolonged or chronic critical illness – a term applied to patients that survive severe injury or infection, but fail to start recovering after a few days – is characterized by low levels of peripheral hormones (including T3, IGF-1, cortisol and testosterone). This pattern is increasingly recognized as a neuroendocrine dysfunction […]

Doctor Lapp’s Amazing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Disability Letter

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    From How To Get On.   Doctor Lapp is a well-respected and much-beloved doctor in North Carolina who specialized in ME and CFS who is excellent at documenting this condition. Sadly, Doctor Lapp is now retiring and no longer accepting new patients. Happily, one of his patients was kind enough to share her […]

Researchers discover potential therapeutic approach to treat ME / CFS

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    By Carley Rosengreen in Griffith News.   Researchers have discovered the pharmacological drug, Naltrexone, significantly restored the function of faulty receptors associated with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).  Researchers from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University led the research, which has been published in Frontiers in Immunology.  […]

Rethinking The Standard Of Care For Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By Fred Friedberg, Madison Sunnquist and Luis Nacu in Springer.   For over two decades, the standard of care for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has been cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET). Both interventions had been recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and the UK NICE guidelines.1 Behavioral intervention as the clinical standard […]

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 […]

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