ME Research

Ending The Somatization Myth In ME/CFS (Or “Who’s The Deluded One Now” ?)

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Ronald Reagan said to Gorbachev, “Take down that wall!” and it did ultimately fall.  The ME/CFS version of that might be, “Get rid of those stubborn psychiatric ideas!” It’s a cultural problem.  The authors pointed out that anytime a physician sees a patient with unexplained fatigue, their default […]

New Pathways: A Step Towards Fine-Tuning Treatments For ME/CFS ?

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    By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   Most chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) studies focus on females, but for once we have a study contrasting females and males. It makes sense that this group – hailing from Dr. Klimas’s Institute for Neuroimmune Studies, the University of Miami, the Veterans Center in Miami, the University […]

Has The “Reptilian Brain” Gone Haywire In ME/CFS ? Back To The Brainstem We Go.

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The most primitive part of the brain, the brainstem – a  part of “the reptilian brain” – doesn’t get much respect in medical research. VanElzakker pointed out that most brain scan studies focus on the upper, more highly developed parts of the brain.  Because brain imaging techniques can’t […]

A Doctor’s Perspective: Is ME/CFS Really Lyme Disease ?

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  By Dr David Bell in ProHealth.   Editor’s Note: David S. Bell, MD is a well-known doctor in the field of ME/CFS treatment and research. Though now retired, Bell was among the first physicians who cared for the group of ME/CFS patients that were part of the original cluster of outbreaks in the mid-1980s. […]

WHO Retires “Benign” From “Benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis” For Final ICD-10 Release

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  BY ADMINDXRW in DX Revision Watch.   In my report for the December edition of the ME Global Chronicle, I set out how the G93.3 terms: Postviral fatigue syndrome Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis Chronic fatigue syndrome are classified in the World Health Organization’s international version of ICD-10 and how these terms have been classified for ICD-11. I have […]

“Left Out”: An ME/CFS Movie Of Commitment, Hope And Despair

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It was a project birthed in hope. Pal Schaathun, a Norwegian filmmaker would document what he hoped might be the end of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).  That, unfortunately, turned out not to be but Schaathun ended up documenting – in strikingly beautiful fashion – the next best […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) In The Young. Time To Repent

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 By Ola Didrik Saugstad in Wiley Online Library. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disease with symptoms from multiple organ systems. The severity of these symptoms ranges from mild to severe with the most severely affected confined to a dark room to achieve sensory deprivation. Two incidence peaks have been described between […]

Meet The Researchers Behind A New Trial Into ME

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    The Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park is holding a public meeting to talk about their ongoing research into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS). The event will also be a chance to give your opinions about the planned future clinical trial into a new form of treatment that targets gut microbes for […]

“The Tompkins Effect” at Harvard University: More Than Just An ME/CFS Research Center

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Ron Tompkins Effect Ron Tompkins had recently come back from a meeting with over a dozen MD’s and specialists from Mass General Hospital who’d evinced a strong interest in ME/CFS. Dr. Bateman has said it’s easy to get researchers, at least, interested in this disease but […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Initiative

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    From Stanford Medicine   Welcome The ME/CFS Initiative conducts extensive clinical research in an effort to improve diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating illness. Stanford Medicine has had great success in engaging and collaborating with nearly 50 researchers across Stanford University and beyond. Together, they have discovered various potential biomarkers that have confirmed […]

Marcie Zinn Was A Force For ME

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    From Meaction. We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Marcie Zinn, PhD, who was a dedicated researcher, advocate and person with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Marcie died of sudden heart failure on Dec. 28, 2019. Marcie and her husband, Mark, founded the Neurocognitive Research Institute (NCRI), a non-profit that specializes in 3D-mapping of the […]

Mayo Clinic Research Discovers A Molecular Switch For Repairing Central Nervous System Disorders

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  From The Mayo Clinic.   ROCHESTER, Minn. — A molecular switch has the ability to turn on a substance in animals that repairs neurological damage in disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Mayo Clinic researchers discovered. The early research in animal models could advance an already approved Food and Drug Administration therapy and also could lead to […]

Immune Cell Metabolism Altered In ME/CFS

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From NIH Research Matters.   ME/CFS is a complex, poorly understood disease. Symptoms can include fatigue, chronic pain, problems thinking and concentrating, poor sleep, and gut problems. These symptoms often worsen after physical or mental activity that wouldn’t have caused a problem before the illness. This is known as post-exertional malaise. About a quarter of […]

Trial By Error: Shaky Evidence For Signs Of Functional Neurological Disorders

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  By David Tuller, DrPH One of my goals next year is to write more about so-called “medically unexplained symptoms,” also known as MUS. The term MUS might be useful as a descriptive name for the large category of phenomena that lack a proven pathophysiological pathway. But in the medical literature, and in the minds […]

“Something Completely Different”: Ian Lipkin Talks At The CDC On ME/CFS

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The talk was titled, “Now for Something Completely Different: A microbe hunter turns to ME/CFS”. Except that Ian Lipkin is not just any microbe hunter: for many people, he’s THE microbe hunter. Internationally known for his breakthrough work on Bornavirus, SARS, MERS, tick-borne illnesses, and others, and his […]

Natural Born Killers

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  From ME Research UK.   Despite their dramatic name, natural killer (NK) cells are actually a very important part of our immune system and help protect us from viruses by killing cells that have been infected. They can also target tumour cells. There is evidence to suggest that the cytotoxicity of NK cells (that […]

What “Phantom Nasal Congestion” May Tell Us About ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   When you have a systemic disease, any part of your body can provide a clue – even your nose. Over 15 years from 1998 to 2012, James Baraniuk, a longtime ME/CFS and GWI researcher at Georgetown University, became the first and thus far the last person […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trial By Error: How Bristol Investigators Avoided Ethical Review (Reprise)

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    By David Tuller, DrPH Last November 12, I published a post called “How Bristol Investigators Avoided Ethical Review.” That post addressed the series of eleven studies conducted by Bristol investigators and exempted from ethical review on questionable grounds. The lead investigator of these studies was Professor Esther Crawley, Bristol’s methodologically challenged pediatrician, whose […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Gap Widens

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The similarities are striking: the symptoms, the shoddy research funding, the poor treatment from doctors, the gender imbalance and the stigma both still face. Both diseases still really exist on the fringes of medicine and medical research. Yet one disease is moving forward rapidly and the other […]

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 […]

Molecules May Convert Acute Infection Into ME

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      By Sasha Nimmo in ME Australia.  A paper published in Metabolic Brain Disease by Morris, Maes, Burk and Puri suggests Myalgic Encephalomyelitis develops because of genes responsible for immune responses. Their paper discusses how molecules may convert an acute infection into a state of escalating chronic systemic inflammation. Morris and Maes have written extensively […]

Chronic Inflammation Removes Motivation By Reducing Dopamine In The Brain

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    By Dr. Liji Thomas,  MD in News Medical Life Sciences.   Why do we feel listless when we are recovering from an illness? The answer is, apparently, that low-grade chronic inflammation interferes with the dopaminergic signaling system in the brain that motivates us to do things. This was reported in a new paper published in […]

18 Myths & Misconceptions Of Post-Exertional Malaise #PEM In Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome #MECFS

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  By Dr Mark Guthridge in Thread Reader.   #PEM (aka PENE, “flare” or “crash”) is seriously debilitating symptom caused by exercise #SickNotWeak #SickNotTired #pwME #chronicillness #medtwitter #MedEd 1. #PEM is just tiredness No #pwME experience <pathological> fatigue after #exercise which can be long-lasting and includes debilitating fatigue, flu-like symptoms, cognitive impairment, #sleep disturbance   To read the rest of this story, click on the link below:   Link […]

New Research: Gene Variations In ME/CFS

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  By Rachel Black in Bateman Horne Center.   In our December 2018 education meeting, we were pleased to hear from Dr. Alan Light, a Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy at the University of Utah. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, and has spent the last 10 years of his career focusing […]

Mitochondria Play An Unexpected Role In Killing Bacteria

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  By Katarina Zimmer in The Scientist.   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 cellular remains to a lysosome for degradation. […]

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