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The Best, Most, Biggest And Least Of 2018 In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Best, Most and Least of 2018 A look back at a most interesting year which has to start with Cortene… Treatment Nicest Surprise It wasn’t supposed to go like this. First, in a disease like ME/CFS, you’re supposed find a repurposed drug or two to treat […]

Changes In The Transcriptome Of Circulating Immune Cells Of A New Zealand Cohort With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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By Eiren Sweetman et al in Sage Journals.   Abstract. Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a poorly understood disease affecting 0.2%–2% of the global population. To gain insight into the pathophysiology of ME/CFS in New Zealand, we examined the transcriptomes of peripheral blood mononuclear cells by RNA-seq analysis in a small well-characterized patient group […]

Neuroinflammation And Cytokines In Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS): A Critical Review Of Research Methods

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By Michael B. VanElzakker, Sydney A. Brumfield and Paula S. Lara Mejia in Frontiers in Neurology.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is the label given to a syndrome that can include long-term flu-like symptoms, profound fatigue, trouble concentrating, and autonomic problems, all of which worsen after exertion. It is unclear how many individuals with this diagnosis are […]

Neuroinflammation Review By #MEAction Research Fellows

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  By Jaime in #MEActionNet.   Though science may speed along a bit fast to ‘catch’ on audio, you can also listen to me read this article on #MEAction’s Soundcloud here. We are pleased and proud to announce that our two research fellows, Sydney A. Brumfield and Paula S. Lara Mejia, have written and released their first […]

Mitochondria Play An Unexpected Role In Killing Bacteria

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By KATARINA ZIMMER, in The Scientist.   EDITOR’S CHOICE IN CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY The paper B.H. Abuaita et al., “Mitochondria-derived vesicles deliver antimicrobial reactive oxygen species to control phagosome-localized Staphylococcus aureus,” Cell Host Microbe, 24:625–36, 2018. According to biology textbooks, a macrophage engulfs a bacterium, internalizes it in a toxin-filled vesicle called a phagosome, then shuttles the […]

Study Shows That Red Blood Cells Are Stiffer In People With ME

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  By Marilyn Simon-Gersuk in #ME Action. Researchers have published a paper that shows various measures of deformability in the red blood cells of people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) indicating that they are significantly stiffer in people with ME/CFS than those from healthy controls. The observations suggest that red blood cell transport through microcapillaries may […]

Red Blood Cell Deformability Is Diminished In Patients With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By Authors: Saha, K. Amit et al in IOS Press Library.   BACKGROUND: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a poorly understood disease. Amongst others symptoms, the disease is associated with profound fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, sleep abnormalities, and other symptoms that are made worse by physical or mental exertion. While the etiology of the disease is […]

Filling “The Landscape Of Unmet Needs” In ME/CFS and FM: The Bateman Horne Center Pt 1

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   This is the first of a couple of blogs that will celebrate visionaries within the ME/CFS/FM communities who took action to make their visions real. Dr. Bateman was doing yeoman’s work serving the ME/CFS/FM community in her medical practice in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She could […]

Deconditioning Denied: Could A Large ME/CFS Study Put An End To The Deconditioning Myth ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. The Deconditioned ME/CFS Patient? A huge (n=345) 1998 UK study set the stage. The smaller, less muscular hearts and carotid arteries found in ME/CFS made it clear – at least to those researchers – that both physical and cardiovascular deconditioning was present in ME/CFS. They recommended a graded exercise program to […]

Trial By Error: How BMJ Enabled Bristol’s Ethics Exemptions

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      4 DECEMBER 2018 By David Tuller, DrPH Earlier today, I sent the following e-mail to Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ. I cc’d Carol Monaghan MP, Darren Jones MP, and Nicky Morgan MP. I also cc’d Teresa Allen of the Health Research Authority. ********** Dear Dr. Godlee— As you know, I […]

Overactive Immune System ‘May Trigger ME-Like Symptoms’

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  By Laurel Ives, BBC Health. An overactive immune system may help explain the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, scientists from King’s College London have suggested. Many sufferers of CFS, or ME, say their condition began with a challenge to their immune system like an infection. The scientists studied 55 patients with Hepatitis C who were […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome In The Era Of The Human Microbiome: Persistent Pathogens Drive Chronic Symptoms By Interfering With Host Metabolism, Gene Expression, And Immunity

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      By Amy Proal and Trevor Marshall in Frontiers in Pediatrics.   The illness ME/CFS has been repeatedly tied to infectious agents such as Epstein Barr Virus. Expanding research on the human microbiome now allows ME/CFS-associated pathogens to be studied as interacting members of human microbiome communities. Humans harbor these vast ecosystems of […]

Could Poor Microcirculation Be Causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health  Rising. Could the microvascular system – the small capillaries and the red blood cells that run through them – hold the key to energy problems in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and perhaps fibromyalgia? The idea that the blood delivery system – not some metabolic derangement per se – is […]

Tips For Newbies With Fibromyalgia And/Or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Having any disease is scary, but having chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and/or fibromyalgia (FM) often adds a hefty dose of confusion and bewilderment to that fear.  Not only are people with ME/CFS and FM typically exhausted and in pain, but problems with short-term memory and information processing […]

The UK ME/CFS Biobank: A Disease-Specific Biobank For Advancing Clinical Research Into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Eliana M. Lacerda et al in Frontiers in Neurology.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling disease characterized by unexplained incapacitating fatigue, accompanied by variable multi-systemic symptoms. ME/CFS causes a significant personal and public health burden, and urgently requires the coordination of research efforts to investigate its etiology and pathophysiology and to develop […]

Study Shows Red Blood Cells Less Deformable In ME Patients – Possible Biomarker

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Written by Ronald W. Davis, PhD in ME Action. This paper documents that red blood cells are less deformable in ME/CFS patients compared to healthy controls. It potentially could be a biomarker, and we are proceeding to design new devices that will make a clear distinction between patients and healthy controls. These devices will be […]

“The Abnormal Cardiac Index And Stroke Volume Index Changes During A Normal Tilt Table Test In ME/CFS Patients Compared To Healthy Volunteers, Are Not Related To Deconditioning”

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  By C.(Linda) M.C. van Campen, Frans C. Visser* et al of the Department of Cardiology,Stichting Cardiozorg, Planetenweg, Netherlands.   Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a chronic, and often disabling disease. The disease is multi-systemic, and is characterized amongst others by chronic fatigue/exhaustion, exercise intolerance, memory and concentration disorders, headache, multi-joint and muscle pain, unrefreshing sleep and […]

‘I Was In Denial And Ashamed By My CFS’

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  By Simon Del Favero in SBS Insight.   When Simon realised that treatment options in Australia for his chronic fatigue syndrome were limited he looked overseas for answers. I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  (ME/CFS) in early 2011 after a severe bout of glandular fever. In the years prior to my diagnosis I was studying […]

Thiamine And Riboflavin For Chronic Fatigue

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  By Chandler Marrs, PhD in Hormones Matter. From its title, Mitochondrial Myopathy in Follow-up of a Patient With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I doubt anyone would ascertain the importance of this case study, but a quick read of even just the abstract tells an entirely different story. A deeper dive into the full article reveals just how […]

Brain Science On Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  Abstract Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disease characterized by chronic, profound, disabling, and unexplained fatigue. A variety of studies have been performed to establish objective biomarkers of the disease, including positron emission tomography (PET) molecular imaging and neuro-functional imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalogram (MEG). In this chapter, we summarize […]

This Is Personal: BHC’s Patient-First Perspective

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  By Rachel Black in The Batema Horne Center.   Bateman Horne Center is guided by a board of directors that is intimately connected to ME/CFS and FM. Many have sons, daughters or are themselves managing an illness that has taken much of their life away. The Horne in Bateman Horne Most of you know that our […]

The Gut Microbiota At The Intersection Of Diet And Human Health

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  By Christopher L. Gentile, Tiffany L. Weir et al in Science.   Abstract Diet affects multiple facets of human health and is inextricably linked to chronic metabolic conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Dietary nutrients are essential not only for human health but also for the health and survival of the trillions […]

Trial By Error: How To Avoid Ethical Review

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  By David Tuller, DrPH I have written many posts about BMJ Open’s 2011 school absence study, which reported that school absence records could be useful in identifying children with chronic fatigue syndrome. However, for reasons not yet adequately explained, the investigators exempted the study from ethical review on the grounds that it qualified as “service […]

Are “Old” Muscles Holding People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Down? Plus Tompkins’ Team Promises New Insights

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      By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   “New data collectively supports the presence of specific critical points in the muscle that are affected by free radicals.” Fulle et. al. A group of pioneering Italian researchers have been studying the muscles of people with ME/CFS – a rather lonely task – for over 15 […]

The Triumph of Eminence-Based Medicine

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  By Brian Hughes in Not The Science Bit.   Lines are drawn A quarter of a million Britons have been diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), the condition also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). ME/CFS is a severe debilitating illness that renders patients either temporarily or perennially immobile. Sufferers will have often led very active lives […]

ME/CFS, Naviaux’s Cell Danger Response And A Nervous System Under Threat

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    By Veronique Mead M.D. in Health Rising.   Thanks again to Veronique for providing her intriguing take on chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This is one of a series of articles from Health Rising which feature hypotheses created by health care professionals with ME/CFS or who are associated with ME/CFS. (It is a long post – you […]

Graded exercise therapy for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome is not effective and unsafe. Re-analysis of a Cochrane review

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  By Mark Vink and Alexandra Vink-Niese in Health Psychology Open.   Abstract The analysis of the 2017 Cochrane review reveals flaws, which means that contrary to its findings, there is no evidence that graded exercise therapy is effective. Because of the failure to report harms adequately in the trials covered by the review, it cannot […]

Does The Microbiome And Virome Contribute To Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

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  By Fiona Newberry, Shen-Yuan Hsieh, […], and Simon R. Carding in  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Additional article information Abstract Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) (ME/CFS) is a disabling and debilitating disease of unknown aetiology. It is a heterogeneous disease characterized by various inflammatory, immune, viral, neurological and endocrine symptoms. Several microbiome studies have described alterations in the […]

Forty-One International Scientists Have Signed A Declaration Supporting Cochrane’s Decision To Withdraw Its Controversial Review Of Exercise Therapy In ME/CFS

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  From Not The Science Bit.   And I’m one of them. This is important not least because of claims appearing over the weekend that Cochrane pulled its controversial review due to pressure from brain-addled trouble-making “patient activitists,” rather than for scientific reasons. Claims that Cochrane had been harassed were made not by Cochrane themselves, but, […]

Could The Brain’s Mast Cells Be Causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) ?

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By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   We propose that stimulation of hypothalamic mast cells by environmental neuroimmune pathogenic and stress triggers activates microglia leading to focal inflammation in the brain and disturbed homeostasis.” Theoharides et. al., 2018 Dr. Theoharis Theoharides is an MD and PhD who has published almost 400 papers. A pioneer in […]

The Metabolic Trap Shines During The Symposium On The Molecular Basis Of ME/CFS At Stanford

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   If we ask Nature a question and ask it well, Nature answers. Most of the time the answer refutes our hypothesis. This time, Nature didn’t refute the hypothesis. Robert Phair Ron Davis mentioned one of chronic fatigue syndrome’s aces in the hole several times – the chance to […]

Exclusive: Science Journal To Withdraw Chronic Fatigue Review Amid Patient Activist Complaints

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  By Kate Kelland in Reuters. LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A respected science journal is to withdraw a much-cited review of evidence on an illness known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) amid fierce criticism and pressure from activists and patients. The decision, described by the scientists involved as “disproportionate and poorly justified”, is being […]

Trial By Error: Per Fink In New York

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Someone uninformed or stupid or maybe both decided to invite Danish physician Per Fink to present at a conference on so-called psychosomatic medicine being held this weekend at Columbia University. Fink—I won’t dignify him by using an honorific–is a scary guy. He should never have been provided with this […]

Immunosignature Analysis Of ME/CFS

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  By O. P. Günther et al. in ProHealth.com.   A random-sequence peptide microarray can interrogate serum antibodies in a broad, unbiased fashion to generate disease-specific immunosignatures. This approach has been applied to cancer detection, diagnosis of infections, and interrogation of vaccine response. We hypothesized that there is an immunosignature specific to ME/CFS and that […]

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