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No More Mr NICE Guy…

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    By Brian Hughes in The Science Bit.   The newly released draft NICE guidelines for the management of “myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome” continue to cause a stir. And rightly so. The new guidelines not only repudiate a heretofore favoured treatment approach for a particular illness, they also threaten to discredit an entire (albeit quirky) branch of medicine — […]

Controversial Study On ME-Patients Receives Ethical Approval

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By MElivit.   On November 10th 2020, English health authorities published a draft of a new set of guidelines for ME/CFS. It is confirmed that ME is a physiological disease, and it is advised against therapy and exercise as treatment. It is especially warned against the Lightning Process (LP). Read more here: English health authorities reject […]

News In Brief – November 2020

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  From Science For ME.   This thread has a Science for ME ‘News in Brief’ post for each week in November 2020 written by a team including @Trish, @Kalliope and @ahimsa. Scroll down to see this week’s news. Week beginning 2nd November 2020 News, articles, videos UK NICE ME/CFS guideline The draft guideline is due to be published on […]

Montreal Researchers Make Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Discovery

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  By Jean-Benoit Legault  The Canadian Press. A discovery by Montreal researchers is expected to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), better known as chronic fatigue syndrome. In most instances, ME is currently diagnosed by elimination, as doctors put aside other possible causes of the patient’s symptoms. But researchers from the University […]

Could This Actually Be Happening ?

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      By Brian Hughes In The Science Bit.   Mark this day in your calendar. We could be observing the beginning of the end of a decades-long medical scandal. In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new draft guidelines for the management of “myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome”. […]

NICE Draft Guidelines On ME Published

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  After a very long wait, too long, NICE have publised their draft guidlines on the treatment of ME. It seems that at long last, and after huge pressre by the ME Community, Graded Exercise Therapy has been removed as a recommended treatment for ME.  It shouldn’t have taken this long, and too many individuals […]

Illness-Related Fatigue: More Than Just Feeling Tired

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  By Jennifer Crystal, MFA in Harvard Health Publishing.   A common refrain during the COVID-19 pandemic is, “I’m so tired.” After months of adjusted living and anxiety, people are understandably weary. Parents who haven’t had a break from their kids are worn out. Those trying to juggle working from home with homeschooling are stretched […]

Use Of Glucose For Energy Production In Muscle Cells From Patients With ME/CFS

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  By Cara Tomas, Joanna L Elson, Julia L Newton & Mark Walker in ME Research UK. Translational and Clinical Research Institute, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Scientific Reports, 2020 Oct 26; 10(1):18232 Key findings Muscle cells from people with ME/CFS are less able to use glucose as a fuel to produce energy This […]

A Never-Ending Immune Battle In ME/CFS ? The Regulatory T-cell / Herpesvirus Hypothesis

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By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research. The failed Rituximab trial might seem like the death knell for autoimmunity in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) but it’s not – not by a long shot. While the B-cells that Rituximab targeted are at the heart of much autoimmunity, T-cells can also cause autoimmune diseases. They also play a […]

Starving for Energy ? And The Immune Hole That Produced ME/CFS ?- The IACFS/ME Conference Reports Pt. II

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Immune Hole That Produced ME/CFS? (and who knows – maybe long-hauling as well) Somehow Lenny Jason got a hold of some recovery data from the 1918 flu! The data suggested that 20% of those affected may not have fully recovered, and fatigue was one of the most […]

BMJ Journal Retracts, Replaces Study On Chronic Fatigue In Children

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From Retraction Watch.   A BMJ journal has retracted and replaced a paper on chronic fatigue in children after admitting that it misrepresented the nature of the research in the editing process. But the article has drawn scrutiny beyond merely the characterization of the analysis. The paper, “Cognitive–behavioural therapy combined with music therapy for chronic […]

Understanding The Causes Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome​ Through The Vagus Nerve

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  From Parasym.   Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: examining the impact of infections. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or CFS, is a long-term illness that is characterised by extreme tiredness in addition to a host of other discomforts. Researchers have struggled to find an identifiable origin to this debilitating disease and as a result, it has proven […]

Trial By Error: The CDC’s Stakeholder Meeting

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    By David Tuller, DrPH The US Centers for Disease Control held one of its occasional briefings for ME/CFS stakeholders last week. I was unfortunately busy during that time, but #MEAction has posted a useful account of what was discussed, which you can read here. The #MEAction account includes short, helpful descriptions of a number […]

Researchers Explore Clinical And Biological Aspects Of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc in News Medical Life Sciences.   One of the major symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is post-exertional malaise (PEM), the worsening of symptoms after physical or mental activities. Using their own words and experiences, people with ME/CFS described how debilitating PEM can be in a study in Frontiers in […]

Mestinon Trial Update

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  By Ronald G. Tompkins, MD, ScD Co-Director, The Harvard ME/CFS Collaboration in Open Medicine Foundation. In May, 2020, Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) announced the Mestinon Clinical Trial for ME / CFS, conducted at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital by Dr. David Systrom in association with the Harvard ME / CFS Collaboration at the Harvard Affiliated Hospitals. Background This study was […]

The ME Association Research Round-up

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    By Charlotte Stephens, Research Correspondent, ME Association. We show below brief summaries of the research studies about ME/CFS that have been published in the last week, followed by the abstracts from those studies. All research relating to ME/CFS can be located in the ME Association: Index  Charlotte Stephens, Research Correspondent, ME Association We show […]

Yet Another Global Health Crisis Awaits the World After The Coronavirus Pandemic

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  From Yahoo! News.   There is no end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight yet and the world is already staring at another health crisis: the Covid-19 aftermath. They call it the “post-Covid syndrome”. Post-Covid-19 analysis by top American scientific bodies the National Center for Biotechnology Information and the Centers for Disease Control and […]

The Brain Fog In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Plus Even Mini Tilt Table Tests Wrack The Severely Ill

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The two Dutch researchers, C. Linda van Campen and Frans Visser, and Peter Rowe from the U.S., have been on a tear recently. The Van Campen/Visser team (mostly with Peter Rowe) have published 6 ME/CFS studies thus far in 2020, one in 2019 and three in 2018. This […]

OMF Scientist Receives Grant Funding For ME/CFS Study

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  From The Open Medicine Foundation.   Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is thrilled to share that our staff science liaison, Christopher W. Armstrong, PhD, has been awarded a grant to further his research into the relationship between the altered metabolism of nitrogen and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). The research will be completed at the ME/CFS Collaborative […]

Signs Of Intracranial Hypertension, Hypermobility, And Craniocervical Obstructions In Patients With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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By Bjorn Bragee et al in Frontiers in Neurology.   The pathophysiology of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is unknown. In this study, we test the hypothesis that hyper-mobility, signs of intracranial hypertension (IH), and craniocervical obstructions may be over represented in patients with ME/CFS and thereby explain many of the symptoms.   Our study […]

Learning To Rest – We’ll Talk About Pacing Next Time

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From Lifechangeswithme. What is Pacing? Rest? Unfortunately with ME there isn’t one magic pill or treatment to help us get better – less ethical individuals may claim there is.  Such is the nature of an illness where individuals with similar symptoms yet unknown causes are grouped together with the term “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Post-Viral Fatigue and ME.”  […]

Dr Tedros (WHO) To Contact Dr Ron Davis On M.E.

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  The Director General of the World Health Organisation is aiming to contact Dr Ron Davis, a Scientist and ME Researcher who really knows about ME as his son’s life has been totally destroyed by it. Maybe we’re getting somewhere at long last.

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