ME Research

Could High-Dose Thiamine (B-1) Help With ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, And The Neurological Complications Of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome ?

By Jeffrey Lubell in Health Rising.    Longtime readers of the Health Rising blog may remember an article that Cort wrote in 2013 about the promising results of a small study that found marked reductions in fatigue among three individuals with Fibromyalgia who took high doses of thiamine (Vitamin B-1). In the intervening years, several important studies on high-dose thiamine have been published, […]

What Is Hypopituitarism And Could It Be An Alternate Explanation For ME/CFS ?

  By Joanne Lane with comment from Dr Charles Shepherd in The ME Association.   I don’t have ME, but I have something important to say that I hope may help people who have. Twelve years ago, our 31-year-old son Christopher killed himself. We were devastated and desperate to find reasons. We wondered about the serious head injury he’d had when he was seven and we found that […]

Renowned Scientist’s Son Describes His Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: ‘A World Of Pain, Loss And Agony’

  By Johnny Dodd in People. Whitney Dafoe spent most of his 20s visiting doctors and undergoing tests to find an explanation for why he felt so weak and exhausted. “I was open to all possibilities,” recalls the one-time globetrotting, aspiring photographer, who often spent months at a time backpacking through remote locations around the […]

Our Response To That Controversial Study On CBT Outcomes In Chronic Fatigue Has Now Been Formally Published

  By Brian Hughes in The Science Bit.   As you read here in February, David Tuller and I attempted to respond to an alarming research paper that appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The paper they had published had purported to show evidence that cognitive behavioural therapy leads to symptom improvements […]

Are Stiffened Arteries Increasing Cardiovascular Risk In ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia ?

By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Systrom, Scheibenbogen and others have has found evidence of microcirculatory problems in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia, but what about the big blood vessels – the arteries?   These muscular, but flexible, tubes transport oxygenated blood under high pressure from the heart to the organs and muscles. They […]

Dog Whistle Medicine And Disability Denial

By David F Marks.   Here I review the corporate connections of the Wessely School with the insurance industry. The picture featured above shows the cover of a book edited by Peter Halligan and Mansel Alyward alongside a similar cover from the UnumProvident annual report of 2002. Imaginary conversation Imagine the conversation, which must have gone something like this: Unum executive: Hi, […]

Research Interview: Professor Ken Walder

By Jason Murphy in Emerge Australia.    2021 is an exciting time for ME/CFS science in Australia. Money is flowing. That means in time, research results will also flow. Australian labs are gearing up to do the work to deliver insights into the cause of ME/CFS and, most importantly, possible treatments. Australia’s National Health and […]

The PACE Trial Should Be Retracted, Because It Was Seriously Unethical, And The Lead Investigators Continue To Deny That.

  By Dr Neil MacFarlane MRCPsych in DrNMblog.   This was submitted (December 2020) to NICE in response to the new draft ME/CFS guidance of November 2020,[1] which had removed the recommendation for Graded Exercise Therapy (GET), and downgraded CBT from therapeutic to a ‘supportive’ option. [1] https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-ng10091/documents I appear to be the first UK psychiatrist to be […]

Research Digest 12/03/21

    From Emerge Australia.   Welcome to the 65th Emerge Australia Research Digest, where you will find summaries of some of the latest research and information about ME/CFS, with links to the complete articles. You can also join our community and choose to have the Digest delivered straight to your inbox every fortnight on […]

ME And The PACE Trial

  By David F Marks. Here I review the disastrous trial known as the ‘PACE trial’. This updates a post from several years ago. Review of the evidence indicates that none of the Wessely School’s hypotheses about the causes of ME/CFS are supported by the science (see here, here and here). Under these circumstances it would be scientifically impossible for […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Study

  From The Thompson Institute.   USC’s Thompson Institute is seeking volunteer research participants who will help us understand the underlying illness process of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Participants will also help us develop imaging criteria that will aid the diagnosis of ME/CFS. The study is the first to investigate brain function in ME/CFS in terms […]

ME/CFS And Deconditioning

  By David F Marks. A previous post examined the Wessely School hypothesis that ME/CFS is caused by unhelpful beliefs. This idea was exploded as a myth. Here I examine a second Wessely School hypothesis (H2) that states: Deconditioning causes, or exacerbates the symptoms of, ME/CFS and MUS Deconditioning refers to multiple, potentially reversible changes in body systems […]

Analysing Antibody Responses Against EBV-Derived Antigens In ME/CFS

  From ME Research UK. Principal investigators Dr Nuno Sepúlveda & Prof. Carmen Scheibenbogen. Background and Aim. The emergence of so-called ‘long COVID’ has highlighted the potential long-term health consequences of infection with a virus like SARS-CoV-2, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and brain fog that may last for weeks or months. […]

Ohio State Researchers Isolate Biomarker To Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By a Staff Writer at The Ohio State University College Of Medicine.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and Gulf War illness are complex, chronic diseases with overlapping symptoms and no definitive way to diagnose or differentiate between them. The one symptom they share in common is long-term, disabling fatigue. But widely varying symptoms affecting […]

Trial By Error: Happy Tenth Anniversary, PACE Trial !

  By David Tuller, DrPH It’s been ten years since The Lancet published the first results of the PACE trial. Wow! Ten years ago, I was 54 years old and still a graduate student in public health at UC Berkeley. I was also busy writing stories for The New York Times about the mouse retrovirus research that had roiled […]

Low Dose Hydrocortisone: Flare Buster For Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Cortisol, our body’s main stress hormone, has an amazing reach. Given the effects it has on our metabolism, inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar, energy production and even the sleep-wake cycle, it’s no surprise that researchers early on latched onto signs of cortisol problems in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and […]

Could ME/CFS Be A Chronic, Ongoing Brain And Spinal Cord Injury – That Is Exacerbated By Exertion ?

By Jeff Woods in Health Rising.   (Jeff Wood’s remarkable recovery following spinal surgery to correct craniocervical instability (CCI) and tethered cord shocked the ME/CFS community. It’s safe to say that almost no one saw that coming.  In this piece Jeff – the former ME/CFS patient who started all this off – proposes that the pain, fatigue, […]

Special Issue “Biomarkers In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)”

  From MDPI.   Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a systemic disease that affects the central nervous system, the immune system, cell energy metabolism, the autonomic nervous system, etc. The main clinical sign is persistent chronic fatigue that is not relieved by rest and lasts for more than six […]

Inability Of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients To Reproduce VO₂Peak Indicates Functional Impairment

  By Betsy A Keller et al in PubMed.   Abstract Background: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a multi-system illness characterized, in part, by increased fatigue following minimal exertion, cognitive impairment, poor recovery to physical and other stressors, in addition to other symptoms. Unlike healthy subjects and other diseased populations who reproduce objective physiological measures during […]

In-Depth Analysis Of The Plasma Proteome In ME/CFS Exposes Disrupted Ephrin-Eph And Immune System Signaling

  By Arnaud Germain et al in MDPI.   Abstract Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling disease with worldwide prevalence and limited therapies exclusively aimed at treating symptoms. To gain insights into the molecular disruptions in ME/CFS, we utilized an aptamer-based technology that quantified 4790 unique human proteins, allowing us to obtain the […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Exhibit Altered T Cell Metabolism And Cytokine Associations

By Alexandra H. Mandarano, Jessica Maya, […], and Maureen R. Hanson in The Journal Of Clinical Investigation.   Abstract Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex disease with no known cause or mechanism. There is an increasing appreciation for the role of immune and metabolic dysfunction in the disease. ME/CFS has historically presented in outbreaks, […]

The Evidence Base For Physiotherapy In Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome When Considering Post-Exertional Malaise: A Systematic Review And Narrative Synthesis

  By Marjon E. A. Wormgoor and Sanne C. Rodenburg in the Journal of Translational Medicine. Abstract Background Due to the inconsistent use of diagnostic criteria in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), it is unsure whether physiotherapeutic management regarded effective in ME/CFS is appropriate for patients diagnosed with criteria that consider post-exertional malaise (PEM) as a hallmark feature. […]

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