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Leaving Frailty Behind. A Conversation With Laura Hillenbrand

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  By Paul Costello in Stanford Medicine.   She is an author of extraordinary success. Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Unbroken are literary phenomenons: Together, there are more than 13 million copies in print, and both have been made into blockbuster motion pictures. Seabiscuit, published in 2001, tells the story of a racehorse that captured America’s heart during the Great Depression. Unbroken, […]

Is The Brain Causing The Small Fiber Neuropathy In Fibromyalgia (And ME/CFS ?)

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It seemed ever so clear. The reduction in the number of small nerves in the skin and eyes of roughly forty percent or so of the people with fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) must bring the body – as opposed to the brain – into […]

Trial By Error: An Ill-Informed Article In The Guardian

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      By David Tuller, DrPH People who know little or nothing about the illness or cluster of illnesses variously called myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, CFS/ME, and ME/CFS can’t seem to stop writing stupid and ill-informed stories about it. And Professor Michael Sharpe seems to blame “Americans”–rather than his own disastrous research–for his […]

Anna spends 22 hours a day in bed. But experts hope they’re close to a cure

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      By Melissa Cunningham in The Sydney Morning Herald.   Anna Kerr often spends up to 22 hours a day in a darkened room unable to get out of bed. Following her first pregnancy, the Thornbury mother-of-two felt something was amiss. At first, it was a newfound reaction to wine and coffee, triggering nausea, weakness […]

No One Prepares You For The Grief Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By Asa Lovell  in The Mighty.   No one prepares you for the grief and feelings of inadequacy you get when you have chronic illnesses. They make such a huge impact on your life that they derail you, stop you from achieving the things you’re working for in the time you’d planned. You […]

The Frail Teenager Set To Spend All Of Her Summer Holidays In Her Bedroom

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    By Mark Smith in Wales Online.   Lola Brandrick, 13, from Swansea, is crippled by pain and is constantly exhausted. While all her school mates are out enjoying their summer holidays, poor Lola Brandrick can only dream of joining them. The 13-year-old is confined to her bed, constantly exhausted and crippled by widespread […]

Words From A Hidden World

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    By Naomi Whittingham.   Welcome  to my blog.  The main purpose of this site is to bring together my existing work, but I also hope to add new writing from time to time.  I have never blogged before and am looking forward to the freedom of writing as I wish, with full editorial control.  (The downside is […]

New Hub Of ME/CFS Research Opens At Harvard Plus The “Hidden Gem” And New Insights

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Times are changing. The Stanford area with its bevy of researchers and doctors (Ron Davis, Robert Phair, Mark Davis, David Kaufman, Bela Chedda, Jose Montoya, Rahim Esfandyapour, Michael Zeineh, Fereshteh Jahanbani and others) seemed like “it” for ME/CFS. But look at Boston now! A new hub […]

The Impact Of ME

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  By Jenny in Scope.   Hi, my name is Jenny and I’m 24 years old. I’ve had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) for 5 years but have been experiencing chronic pain and fatigue caused by multiple health problems from the age of 16. One of my hobbies is writing my blog: This thing they called recovery. The […]

Netflix Sued For Defamation By ‘Afflicted’ Subjects Who Say Docuseries Painted Them As “Crazy Hypochondriacs”

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    By Erik Pedersen in Deadline.   The 50-page complaint (read it here) was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by defendants including Jamison Hill, Pilar Olave, Jill Edelstein and Bekah Dinnerstein. Referred to in the suit as “the Afflicted Four,” they claim they were “duped by Plaintiffs into participating in a salacious reality […]

Phoebe & Georgina’s Sponsored Kayak !

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    By Georgina & Phoebe in Let’s Do It for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.   Even a live Second World War grenade  couldn’t stop us! On Sunday the 28th of July we began our quest to conquer a 25 mile kayak to raise money for Invest In ME Research. This journey consisted of a very early start, […]

Aid Without Asking: How To Support Someone With ME

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  By Jonny Foster in #MEAction.   The love of my life battles ME/CFS. It’s a disease that my father has also struggled with since I was a boy, so it’s one I know well. I knew life wasn’t going to be simple when we met, but I dove in head-first anyway. I can’t say […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Diagnosis, Treatment & Prognosis

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    by Louise Sargent in ME Support.   Diagnosis There is no test or cure for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) but there are guidelines to help doctors diagnose and treat it. It can take a long time for the condition to be diagnosed, as other conditions that cause similar symptoms need to be ruled out first. Therefore, you […]

Tracking Peripheral Immune Cell Infiltration Of The Brain In ME

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    Principal Investigator Prof. Jarred Younger Institution University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, USA Start date June 2018 Background and aim Many of the characteristic symptoms of ME/CFS suggest that the immune system is activated in the brains of people with the illness, leading to the release of inflammatory chemicals. This neuroinflammation is known to […]

“This Is What Disabled Looks Like”: The Sometimes Hard-To-See Line Between Visible And Invisible Disabilities

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  From the CoffeeSpoonie Blog.   There are disabilities we think of as visible, and disabilities we think of as invisible. (Mental illness? Invisible. Quadriplegia? Visible. Autoimmune disease? Invisible. Blindness, with a cane and guide dog? Visible.) Neat little categories that we are expected to sort our disabilities into, to help others understand better when […]

#MEAction Responds To Attacks On ME Community In The Guardian And Psychology Today

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  By #MEAction.   In the past two weeks, The Guardian UK and Psychology Today US have published articles portraying the myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) community as an angry, misguided mob using social media to denigrate scientific research. Both articles focus on the criticism that Dr. Michael Sharpe, one of the key authors of the PACE trial and […]

8 Years Doing It For ME !

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    If you have been with us from the start then please congratulate yourself on your part in changing the landscape of research and future treatment of ME in UK and beyond! Also please accept our massive thanks for your ongoing support to help the charity Invest in ME Research achieve so much. If you are […]

My Invisible Illness Just Became Visible And Here’s Why

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    By Lisa Alioto in Realistic Optimism.   I have an invisible illness, meaning you cannot see it, but it’s oh, so present for me every minute of my life. I’m constantly exhausted, in pain, have a variety of cognitive deficits, vision loss, light, sound, and temperature sensitivities, a weakened immune system, and many, many […]

Glimpsing The World: My Joy And Pain

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    By Naomi Whittingham in A Life Hidden.   There is an indescribable joy in experiencing the outside world after many months or years of incarceration.  The dance of sunlight through the leaves of trees; the flicker of shadows on grass; the touch of a gentle breeze.  When darkness and isolation have been the foundation of […]

Post Thirty Four. Planning For A Future With Severe ME.

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  By Pheobe Boag in Puffins, Penguins and Me.   It’s been a good few months since my last post, and you’ll soon find out why, I’ve had a lot going on. With so much happening, my limited brain function has had to be directed elsewhere, and my poor wee blog has been neglected as […]

Straight Talk From Carol Head As She Steps Down From Solve ME

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   ME/CFS Rears Its Head Again A commitment to social justice runs in Carol Head’s blood. She founded a non-profit which has given away millions to support entrepreneurs who work on global poverty, and was a founding board member of another non-profit that tells the stories of marginalized women’s lives. Her work […]

RACGP’s 2015 Guidelines On Graded Exercise Therapy Published In A UK Medical Journal

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  By Laura Beere in Emerge Australia.   Apologies for all the acronyms and brackets in the post below. We’ve tried to make this as clear as possible so that we can keep you informed about a (sadly this time – negative) development that could impact on the treatment and welfare of people with ME/CFS. […]

Care for Someone With Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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By Greg Crowhurst in ME Support.   Linda, my wife, collapsed over two decades ago and very quickly became bed bound. In the months leading up to her collapse, she had had several operations and a long chest infection. For almost two years prior to that she was in constant pain, experiencing severe pins and […]

The Emerge Australia Media And Research Digest (028) 26th July 2019

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  Welcome to the Twenty-Eighth Emerge Australia Media and Research Digest! The fortnightly summary of research and media about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) If you’d like the Digest to drop directly into your inbox every fortnight you can sign up for the Digest here. (This will ONLY sign you up for the Digest – this […]

Confessions Of A Chronic Fatigue Skeptic

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    By Shell Pettifer in The Mighty.   “Chronic fatigue, my arse!” I have a confession to make. I have oftentimes throughout my life internally judged people for being overly dramatic. There, I’ve said it. I am a closet censure. I am guilty of internal eye rolls, doubtful compassion and quite frankly some completely uneducated […]

Emerging Insights #1: McGregor’s Grand Conception Of ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   This is the first in a series of blogs that report on the recent EMERGE conference in Australia. The different conference format – which allowed for long presentations – allowed the presenters to dig more deeply into their topics than usual. Longtime Australian metabolomics researcher Neil McGregor […]

Potential Dangers Of Exercise Or Activity For ME And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    From the How To Get On Blog.   We are taught that exercise is supposed to make us feel better. Staying active is supposed to make us healthier. Getting out of bed is supposed to improve our quality of life. Sadly, for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” the opposite can […]

Please Stop Trying To ‘Fix’ My ME/CFS

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  By Simone DM in The Mighty.   When you become ill, all you want is for others to be compassionate and understanding. Yet when you come down with something like ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), that not even your doctor comprehends, it’s a different story. Others are quick to pass judgement, believing you are somehow causing your […]

Invest In ME Research Newsletter July 2019

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Invest in ME Research is an independent UK charity campaigning for and facilitating biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). More details of the charity are here.   Clinical trial at Quadram At the IIMEC14 international conference in London in May Professor Simon Carding from Quadram Institute announced the intention to conduct a clinical trial for ME in Norwich […]

The York ME Community – York Inter Company Fantasy Football League For The York ME TGA Shield

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The York ME Community runs an Inter-Company Fantasy Football League sponsored by TGA Mobility. This is to help raise awareness of the illness that affects around 250,000 people in the UK, and 800 in the York area alone. Of those around York, 200 are likely to be severe, meaning house or bed bound. On the […]

Onset: Part III (Connections)

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  By Jennifer Brea.   I’ve previously written about how a bad mold exposure and my acute, viral onset of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) could have directly and indirectly damaged my connective tissue, including the ligaments in my neck, causing craniocervical instability (CCI). A key mediator of that damage might have been mast cell activation and collagen-degrading enzymes. The coup de grâce (and it really was, oddly, […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Article Rocks Top Medical Journal

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It took Tony Komaroff over thirty years to get this done but it may have been worth it. Komaroff, Harvard doctor, researcher and ME/CFS advocate, has been studying, writing about and advocating for ME/CFS research since at least 1987 when he was the senior author on […]

ME/CFS Research: The First Quarter Of 2019 In Review

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  By Rochelle Joslyn (PhD) Edited by Allison Ramiller, in Solve ME/CFS Initiative.   2019 is off to a strong start for ME/CFS research! From the search for sensitive and specific biomarkers in neuroimaging and CPET testing, to the use of next generation (RNA) sequencing in transcriptomic analyses of peripheral blood, findings from the first […]

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