Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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 […]

DWP ‘Performs Partial U-turn’ Over DNS ‘Ban’ After Criticism From Campaigners

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to have performed a partial U-turn after disabled campaigners reacted angrily to an apparent ban on media requests from Disability News Service (DNS). Last week, DNS reported how DWP’s press office had failed to provide a meaningful response […]

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 […]

The ME Association Flu Vaccine Information And Guidance For 2020 – 2021

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By Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser, ME Association. Each year we fully update the ME Association information and guidance on flu vaccination in relation to ME/CFS. We hope to publish the free 2020-2021 leaflet by early October – once flu vaccination programmes begin, and we have all the relevant information about the new vaccine. […]

Balancing Hope And Acceptance With A Chronic Illness

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  By Caroline Elizabeth in the Frozen Amber Blog.   Finding acceptance while holding on to hope with a chronic illness is like walking a tightrope, especially as the years grind on. Hope is a vital life force that propels us, whereas acceptance allows us to discover new ways of living within the moment. Clearly […]

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 […]

Craniocervical Instability, Neurosurgery And M.E.: Just The Facts, Please – An Editorial By Jeff Wood

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  By Jeff Wood in Health Rising.   Jeff Wood’s remarkable recovery from severe ME/CFS following spinal surgery to correct craniocervical instability (CCI) and other problems shocked the ME/CFS community. It’s safe to say that almost no one saw that coming. Since then, others, including Jen Brea and Julie Rehmeyer, have been diagnosed and undergone […]

Disabled Peers Call On Government To Scrap Care Act Coronavirus Powers

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Two disabled peers have called on the health and social care secretary to scrap powers given to local authorities that allow them to suspend some of their social care duties during the coronavirus pandemic. Crossbench peers Baroness [Jane] Campbell and Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson have written to […]

Blue Badge Eligibility – Update September 2020

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  From Independent Living.   If you are a Blue Badge holder, and you have been struggling to find an unoccupied disabled parking bay, it is probably not surprising. According to data obtained from Freedom of Information requests made by confused.com, there are 38 badge holders per parking space… Since the welcome extension of Blue […]

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 […]

Trial By Error: Some Stuff About Long-Covid, BMJ And ME

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    By David Tuller, DrPH It is clear that there will be much grappling going forward over the similarities and differences between long-Covid and ME (or CFS, or ME/CFS, or whatever this illness or cluster of illnesses is being called). The two entities overlap in some ways, but no one should conflate them. We […]

How COVID-19 Could Reveal The Secrets Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By David J. Craig in Columbia Magazine. Physicians have seen it before: in the aftermath of a viral epidemic, survivors complain of a crushing lethargy, mental fogginess, sleep difficulty, and muscle pain. Many are eventually diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also called chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), a poorly understood condition that has no FDA-approved treatment and […]

Stick With It…….

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    STICK WITH IT….. In life we like to fit right in To mix in with the crowd Not to shout, not stand out Not to be too loud But sometimes things just come along That force us into change I’m talking Chronic Illness Making life so strange When M.E. hits, it hits you […]

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 […]

‘Lockdown Is Basically What Having M.E/C.F.S Is Like’: An Interview With Sally Callow, Pt 1

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  By Paris Ali-Pilling inThe Star and Crescent.   Paris Ali-Pilling talks to Sally Callow in a two part series. In part one, Sally explains about the impact of the pandemic on her social enterprise. Sally is the founder of Stripy Lightbulb CIC and ME Foggy Dog, which offer training and aim to raise awareness about M.E/C.F.S. Interview transcribed by […]

Leeds Disabled Activist Campaigning Against Proposed Changes To Chronic Pain Treatment

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  By Mark Lavery in the Yorkshire Evening Post.   A disabled activist  from Leeds who suffers from a  chronic pain condition is campaigning against major changes to the way patients like them are treated. Saba Mir, 28, of Woodhouse – who is non-binary – has suffered from ME for two years and is in severe and […]

Long-Term Effects Of Virus Shine A Light On Chronic Fatigue Sufferers

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    By Sue Green in The Sydney Morning Herald. It would be utterly perverse to say I’m glad COVID-19 leaves some sufferers with long-term symptoms, including crippling fatigue. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But as one who has coped with that very thing along with chronic pain for more than a decade, I […]

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 […]

ME/CFS Economic Cost: $14.5B Each Year

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  By Eddie Ngaluafe in Griffith News.   Griffith University research has calculated the cost of the debilitating illness myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) at $14.5 billion each year in Australia. Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, co-director of the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), says the figure shows the significant economic toll on patients and the broader […]

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 […]

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