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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dr Tedros (WHO) To Contact Dr Ron Davis On M.E.

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  The Director General of the World Health Organisation is aiming to contact Dr Ron Davis, a Scientist and ME Researcher who really knows about ME as his son’s life has been totally destroyed by it. Maybe we’re getting somewhere at long last.

Leaving Frailty Behind – A Conversation With Laura Hillenbrand

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  From 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, published in 2010, […]

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 […]

Welcome To Law And Health

Valerie Eliot-Smith

  By Valerie Eliot Smith in Law and Health.   “The history of ME remains one of the worst examples of unacknowledged institutional abuse in modern times.” ~ Valerie Eliot Smith 2019  ***************************** Note: this blog works across all devices but can be viewed most easily on a computer or tablet. Thank you for visiting […]

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 […]

Drug Delivery Nanoparticles Given Neurotransmitter “Passports” To Cross Blood-Brain Barrier

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  From Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.   Biomedical engineers at Tufts University School of Engineering have developed tiny lipid-based nanoparticles that incorporate neurotransmitters, which can help to carry drugs, large molecules, and even gene editing proteins across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and into the brain in mice. The researchers believe the new neurotransmitter-derived lipidoids—or […]

Helen Salisbury: When Will We Be Well Again ?

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  By Helen Salisbury, GP in BMJ. Author affiliations helen.salisbury@phc.ox.ac.uk Follow Helen on Twitter: @HelenRSalisbury In the heat of the pandemic, news reports focused on patients who were severely ill, in hospital and on ventilators. Fortunately, this was a minority of patients, and most people with covid-19 remained at home—some of them horribly unwell but not […]

A Proteomics Study From The Center: Searching For The Criminal

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By Dr. Anthony Komaroff in Center For Solutions For ME/CFS. On July 21, 2020, the results of a proteomics study by the Center for Solutions for ME/CFS was published by the journal PLoS ONE. Proteomics uses new technologies—that have become available in the last two decades—to precisely identify large numbers of proteins and measure their levels. The measurement […]

Trial By Error: Joan McParland’s Lightning Process Experience

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  by David Tuller, DrPH Aura-reader and Tarot expert Phil Parker, also known as the founder of the Lightning Process, has posted a video on YouTube of an “ME/CFS success story.” Without knowing anything about Amy’s situation or medical history beyond what she shares, I have no reason to disbelieve her testimony of recovery from […]

For ME/CFS Patients, Viral Immunities Come At A Devastating, Lifelong Cost

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by University of California – San Diego   Mylagic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling and complex illness. Affected persons often cannot pursue ordinary activities—physical or mental—because of an incapacitating loss of energy and other symptoms, and may find themselves confined to bed or house-bound for years. Anyone can develop ME/CFS, though it most commonly […]

Raising Awareness Of Severe ME – A Call For Your Case Studies

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      By Katie Meehan, Social Media Manager, The ME Association.  In the run-up to Severe M.E. Week (3rd August), we’re looking for people with Severe M.E. who would like to tell their stories. We want to talk about the key issues that affect arguably the most neglected section of our community, and plan on […]

Trial By Error: NICE On Exercise And Post-Covid Syndrome

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  By David Tuller, DrPH. As post-covid syndrome has emerged as a major public health concern, so has the likelihood that members of the biopsychosocial ideological brigades will roll out their typical interventions for the “long-haulers”–patients suffering from profound exhaustion and other symptoms for many weeks and months after getting infected with the coronavirus. The […]

Surprise Gene Finding Could Give Pathogens And Toxins A Leg Up In ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Travis Craddock heads Dr. Klimas’s biocomputational modeling team at the Institute for Neuroimmune Medicine (INIM) at Nova Southeastern University. This is the team responsible for crunching the hundreds of thousands of data points gathered from Dr. Klimas’s intensive exercise studies into a massive model of how the […]

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