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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 […]

Open Medicine Foundation Australia

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From Emerge Australia.   Established in October 2020, Open Medicine Foundation Australia (OMF Australia) is an Australian foundation set up to support biomedical research through the establishment of a new ME/CFS collaborative research centre in Australia. OMF Australia was founded by Emerge Australia in partnership with the Open Medicine Foundation, meaning that Australia is now […]

A Fatigue Nucleus In Multiple Sclerosis… And ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Fatigue has been a mystery to the research world. Take multiple sclerosis (MS) – one of the most fatiguing diseases known. Fatigue is often one of the first symptoms that shows up in MS and it’s often the most troubling symptom MS patients experience, yet the fatigue in MS isn’t […]

NHMRC Grant Boosts ME/CFS Research

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  By Deborah Marshall in Griffith News. The National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) has been awarded $1.46 million in National Health and Medical Research Council funding for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis /chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Part of Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland , the centre’s researchers will investigate potential diagnostic tests as well as suitable […]

Health And Wellbeing Survey 2019

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    From Emerge Australia.   Emerge Australia conducted a second Health and Wellbeing Survey of people living with myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in 2019. An impressive 1,055 participants from around Australia answered 60 questions covering demographics, caring responsibilities, ME/CFS onset and symptom experience, access to healthcare and other services, and the effect […]

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 […]

Is Ron Davis’s ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center At Stanford Poised For A Breakthrough ?

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Ron Davis’s Stanford ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center is itching to get back to full-time lab work. It’s not that Davis and his group haven’t been working. Janet Dafoe described constant Zoom calls with ME/CFS researchers, a bevy of grant applications have been completed, put some researchers – with […]

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 […]

Covid 19 Coronavirus: Kiwi Expert On Covid Survivors Affected By ME

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  By: John Gibb in the Otago Daily Times.   In a cruel twist, many Covid-19 survivors could be affected by a once-obscure chronic fatigue condition, initially termed the Tapanui flu, and whose existence was once ridiculed and denied. Emeritus Prof Warren Tate, 73, of the University of Otago biochemistry department, officially retired recently but is continuing […]

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 […]

Understanding Long Covid: A Shortcut To Solving ME/CFS ?

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  By Simon McGrath in ME/CFS Research Review. Large numbers of people, around one in 10, don’t make a normal recovery from coronavirus but continue to be ill with “long covid”. The illness is likely to have several different causes, probably including ME/CFS. Post-exertional malaise appears to be a common symptom. Long covid patients have […]

Long-Term Saline Use Improves Cardiovascular Functioning In ME/CFS: A Workwell Case Report

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The exercise physiologists at the Workwell Foundation are pretty darn good at providing thought provoking case reports. A couple of years ago, a Workwell case report indicated that a very ill ME/CFS patient was able, using Workwell’s heart rate-based exercise program, to not just halt the steady decline […]

Low Brain Blood Flows And Orthostatic Intolerance Ubiquitous In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Every once in a while a study comes along for which terms like “seminal” or “groundbreaking” seems appropriate. The 2020 Van Campen/Rowe/Visser study, “Cerebral blood flow is reduced in ME/CFS during head-up tilt testing even in the absence of hypotension or tachycardia: A quantitative, controlled study using Doppler […]

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 […]

UK Charity Invest In ME Research Pledges £625,000 For Research Into ME In Norwich Research Park

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From Norwich Research Park. UK Charity Invest in ME Research is awarding £625,000 for continued research into the disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS), including a clinicial trial at the Quadram Institute. This major investment is an increase of the charity’s previous pledge of £500,000 that was announced in late 2019. This research builds on […]

Trial By Error: FITNET-NHS Falls Short In Recruitment Drive

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  By David Tuller, DrPH Professor Esther Crawley, Bristol University’s methodologically and ethically challenged pediatrician and star researcher, has weighed in with an interim analysis of FITNET-NHS, her trial of online cognitive behavior therapy for adolescents with what she calls CFS/ME. Poor Professor Crawley! Despite her ambitious goal of enrolling a whopping 734 participants, early […]

Meet The Scientist: Professor Chris Ponting – DecodeME

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By Dylan Murphy, Guest Blogger, ME Association. Professor Chris Ponting is Chair of Medical Bioinformatics at Edinburgh University and a Principal Investigator at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine. His research group has made substantial contributions to protein science, evolutionary biology, genetics, and genomics. He has served on the editorial boards of […]

Are COVID-19 Studies Already Providing Clues For ME/CFS And The Long Haulers ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Could COVID-19  studies already be providing clues about what went wrong with the long haulers and people with post-infectious chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia and other diseases? Two articles in the New York Times – a feature length one, “How Covid Sends Some Bodies to War With Themselves“, […]

Trial By Error: More CBT Research From Sir Simon And Professor Chalder

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  By David Tuller, DrPH (*Thanks to the the very informed discussion–and discussants–on the Science For ME forum for alerting me to this study and its many problems!) In 2011, Professor Trudie Chalder declared at a press conference for the high-profile PACE trial that twice as many chronic fatigue syndrome patients who received cognitive behavior therapy and […]

The Roles Of Autoimmunity And Inflammation In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Adrienne Dellwo in Very Well Health.  You still hear that chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a “mystery illness,” but that viewpoint is becoming dated. The nature and mechanisms of the disease are beginning to take shape, thanks to the ongoing efforts of researchers. Over the years, especially recent ones, we’ve learned a huge amount. Some of that […]

The Netherlands Is Set To Make A Huge Investment In Biomedical Research

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  By Simon McGrath in ME/CFS Research Review.   A patient-led petition asked the Dutch parliament to tackle ME properly. It instructed the Government to take action, which eventually led to the Dutch health research agency recommending a €25m biomedical research programme. Patients are playing a central role in the process. The Dutch national health […]

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