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Spinal Stenosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia: The Spinal Series #3

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Spinal Series This is part three of a series examining spinal issues which may mimic chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia. The first two in the series involved two very ill ME/CFS patients who have recovered or are recovering following surgery to correct craniocervical instability. Could […]

Rare Gene Mutations May Be Affecting Energy Levels In ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Dr. Camille Birch has a PhD in biomedical engineering and hails from the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology at Huntsville, Alabama. Hudson Alpha, only 11 years old, is one of those new biotechnology efforts that’s using sophisticated bioinformatics to understand how our genes affect our health. Dr. […]

Do You Have ICC-ME And Other FAQs

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  By Jennifer Brea.   I just wanted to respond to a few comments and questions raised in response to recent posts in this series. If you aren’t a part of the ME community, be forewarned, much of the following will be hard to follow! The first set of questions all circle the same core question: do […]

New Regulator Of Immune Responses Discovered

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  By The University of Leeds, published in EurekAlert !   Scientists have identified a new internal regulator that helps control the body’s response to fight infection. The discovery could be a target for new drugs to tackle autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and scleroderma, where healthy tissues are attacked by the body’s own immune […]

New Test Could Revolutionise Diagnosis Of Chronic Fatigue

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  From 9News.   Aimee De Lurant’s battle with chronic fatigue syndrome often leaves her bed ridden, unable to concentrate or even move. The 25-year-old can’t work and has a limited social life as a result of the condition, which at its worst causes symptoms including excruciating pain and extreme exhaustion. “I can’t get out […]

Concerns About Craniocervical Instability Surgery In ME/CFS

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By Michiel Tak in Science For ME.   CCI/AAI has little in common with ME/CFS Three ME/CFS patients, Jeff, Jennifer, and Matt, have reported spectacular improvements of their ME/CFS symptoms following surgical interventions for craniocervical instability (CCI) and atlantoaxial instability (AAI). CCI refers to increased mobility and instability of the craniocervical junction, the transition between […]

The Intestinal Microbiota In Health And Disease

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    From The Microbiology Society.   Humans coexist with more than 100 trillion micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi, archaea, viruses and protozoa that reside in multiple sites of the body, including the skin, lungs and reproductive tract. Those with the highest density and diversity are found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (the intestinal microbiota) and […]

Mattie’s CCI Journey – After 3 Years With ME

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  From Mechanical Basis.   An interview between Jeff and Mattie who has undergone a CCI Fusion operation in the hope of reversing ME.   Mattie is a 47 year old web developer. He lives in a small town in the Netherlands with his wife, his 17 year old son, and their two golden retrievers. Mattie […]

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome & Low Blood Volume

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    From Syndrome A.   Summary Two symptoms occur frequently in people with ME/CFS: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and low blood volume. What if these are not coincidental? Reading time: 4 minutes 27 seconds People with ME/CFS have less blood than we should. We have low blood volume. We also tend to have a condition […]

Trial By Error: A Plea To Fiona Godlee On A Familiar Topic

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  By David Tuller, DrPH On Wednesday, I sent the following to Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ. The topic, once again, was the ethically and methodologically challenged Lightning Process study, which was published two years ago in Archives of Disease in Childhood, a BMJ journal. My letter was prompted by the recent appearance […]

He Pioneered Technology That Fueled The Human Genome Project. Now His Greatest Challenge Is Curing His Own Son

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    By Ryan Prior CNN.   (CNN)Multiple times a day, every day, Ron Davis sits with his head bowed, waiting outside his son’s bedroom for a subtle signal that it’s all right to come in. He opens the door to the space where Whitney has spent most of the last decade. Whitney lies motionless […]

The £4.2 Million Worth PACE Trial – High Hopes, Deep Fall

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    From #FindME.   Do you trust your GP to give you the right diagnosis and treatment you need whenever you feel ill? Yes, most people do! But what if your GP fails to give an accurate diagnosis and worse, prescribes the wrong therapy? This is exactly what happened in the UK based on […]

Test Can Spot Whether You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Stanford And UC Scientists Say

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  By Cathie Anderson in The Tribune.   Researchers at Stanford University and UC Irvine appear close to giving people with chronic fatigue syndrome something they have wanted for decades: a biological test that diagnoses their disease, according to a research paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Those who suffer from […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: How Could The Illness Develop ?

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  By Gerwyn Morris, Michael Maes, Michael Berk and Basant K. Puri in Springer Link.   Abstract. A model of the development and progression of chronic fatigue syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis), the aetiology of which is currently unknown, is put forward, starting with a consideration of the post-infection role of damage-associated molecular patterns and the development of chronic inflammatory, oxidative and […]

Marijuana As Medicine For ME/CFS And/Or Fibromyalgia Pt I: The Science Behind Cannabis

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  By Amber Ella in Health Rising.   This is Part I of a three-part series on using marijuana or cannabis as medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and/or fibromaylgia (FM). The first two parts by Amber focus on the science behind using Cannabis and how to get started on it. The last part by Cort focuses […]

Biomarker For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Identified

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    From Stanford Medicine News Center.   Stanford scientists devised a blood-based test that accurately identified people with chronic fatigue syndrome, a new study reports. People suffering from a debilitating and often discounted disease known as chronic fatigue syndrome may soon have something they’ve been seeking for decades: scientific proof of their ailment. Researchers […]

Isle Of Man Government Pledge To Support ME Patients By 2020

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From BBC News.   Isle of Man patients with the chronic illness ME will get the support they need, the health minister said. David Ashford MHK made the pledge after a petition calling for Tynwald to investigate the current provision attracted more than 1,500 signatures. The petition was set up by former teacher Craig Morris, […]

Something In The Blood

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    BY SIMON MCGRATH in ME/CFS Research Review.   It is remarkable that four independent groups have now found that a factor in the blood can affect cell metabolism/mitochondria in ME/CFS and transfer the effect to healthy cells. Here is a summary of the provisional findings. Fluge & Mella. The first to find the effect were Dr […]

Broken Mitochondria Use ‘Eat Me’ Proteins To Summon Their Executioners

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    From Eureka Alert. When mitochondria become damaged, they avoid causing further problems by signaling cellular proteins to degrade them. In a paper publishing April 11, 2019, in the journal Developmental Cell, scientists in Norway report that they have discovered how the cells trigger this process, which is called mitophagy. In cells with broken mitochondria, […]

Return On Investment II: David Tuller

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By Jennie Spotila in Occupy M.E.   Last year, I fully endorsed Dr. David Tuller’s crowdfunding appeal in support of his investigative reporting on ME. This year, I am happy to endorse Tuller’s fundraising once again. The progress report that accompanies Dr. Tuller’s fundraising request (and also posted on Virology blog) details his research, writing and publications during the last year. […]

Medscape’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Program Reaches Deep Into The Medical Community

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   With its regular news updates, information on drugs and diseases, quizzes, conference overviews, and educational courses, Medscape, which just turned 20 years old, strives to be a kind of one-stop shop for medical professionals (and consumers). It appears to be succeeding. Producing dozens of news stories a day, […]

The Brainstem, Vagus Nerve, Neuroinflammation And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The VanElzakker Way

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  By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   In 2013, Michael VanElzakker produced one of the most intriguing hypotheses to date in ME/CFS. His Vagus Nerve Hypothesis proposed that an infection/inflammation near the vagus nerve was causing it to send an unending stream of messages to the brain, telling it to essentially shut the body […]

The Myth Of “It’s All In Your Head”

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  By Abby Pickus in DEPAUL Magazine.  In 1980, a high school English teacher from Wisconsin named Pat Fero went on a trip to England. Healthy and in her 30s, she noticed something was very wrong toward the end of the trip. “We were in this beautiful countryside, and we went to climb a hill […]

Epstein-Barr Virus Induced Gene-2 Upregulation Identifies A Particular Subtype Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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      By Jonathan R. Kelly in Frontiers in Pediatrics.   Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a chronic multisystem disease characterized by a variety of symptoms, and exhibits various features of an autoimmune-like disease. Subtypes are well recognized but to date are difficult to identify objectively. The disease may be triggered by infection […]

Trial By Error: Who Has The School Study Documents ?

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      By David Tuller, DrPH. Update (later on March 4): Because Royal United Hospitals Bath suggested that I “redirect” my request for documents back to Bristol University, that’s what I did. Earlier today, I sent an e-mail to Bristol’s director of legal services. Here’s what I wrote: As you likely remember, I have […]

Trial By Error: Stupid Studies

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    By David Tuller, DrPH. Boy, it’s hard to keep up with all the stupid studies coming out! But that’s no reason not to take a look at a couple of them. (In both cases, I’m just making a few comments. Much more could be said about each of these studies. You can read […]

Part II: ME/CFS, Sepsis And Glycocalyx

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  From Syndrome A.   To recap from the previous blog post “Part I: Blood Flow in Sepsis & ME/CFS”, ME/CFS looks like a lot like sepsis and sepsis is an inflammatory illness of blood vessels. The blood vessel problems in sepsis interfere with oxygen delivery to cells. The particular kind of blood flow problem that you find in […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research: Written question – 221619

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  Q Asked by Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) on 14 Feb 2019. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research 221619 To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many grant applications have been made to the Medical Research Council for ME/CFS related research since 2010; how […]

Masterswitch Discovered In Body’s Immune System

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  From Science Daily.   University of ManchesterSummary:Scientists have discovered a critical part of the body’s immune system with potentially major implications for the treatment of some of the most devastating diseases affecting humans. The study could translate into treatments for autoimmune diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s Disease within a few years. […]

Are Fluoroquinolones Causing Connective Tissue Disorders That Are Leading To ME/CFS ?

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    From Floxie Hope.   The symptoms of fluoroquinolone toxicity often mimic those of ME/CFS (Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome). Many people suffering from fluoroquinolone toxicity experience debilitating fatigue, and some are bed-bound and permanently disabled from this symptom, along with all the others that come along with fluoroquinolone toxicity. Both fluoroquinolone toxicity and ME/CFS […]

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 on the symptoms […]

The Hummingbird: Could A Blood Flow Enhancer Help With Fibromyalgia, POTS And ME/CFS ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. A Different Approach to Fibromyalgia “The effects of not getting good blood flow to your brain, joints and muscles?…. Fibromyalgia” – Vital Motion Erik Hiester D.O., is not your ordinary doctor. He’s an interesting blend of engineer and doctor. Hiester’s first love was biomedical engineering (B.S. and M.S.). Wanting […]

What Causes Chronic Fatigue ? What We Know, Don’t Know And Suspect

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    By Mark Guthridge, Monash University, in The Conversation.    Around 200,000 people in Australia suffer from a debilitating illness often branded with the unfortunate name of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I say “unfortunate” because this implies patients are simply tired, run-down, burnt-out or overly stressed. But myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS as it is now more commonly called, […]

Prevalence Of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) In Three Regions Of England: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Study In Primary Care

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    By Luis C Nacul et al in BMC Medicine.    Background Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been used to name a range of chronic conditions characterized by extreme fatigue and other disabling symptoms. Attempts to estimate the burden of disease have been limited by selection bias, and by lack of […]

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