In the paper by Smith and Wessely,1 problems are outlined in commissioning services in Scotland2 that accommodate the acrimonious debate between the views of those who consider myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) to be a neurological condition versus an evidence-based medicine view that chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a condition of uncertain aetiology improved by graded exercise treatment (GET) and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).3 The debate threatens to hinder the development of safe, cost-effective and clinically effective services for patients with CFS/ME, and to stifle further research building on important discoveries on diagnosis, the limited effectiveness of current treatments and the validity of objective outcome measures.. A wide range of diagnostic criteria … ...
Abstract. Immunological dysregulation is present in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), with recent studies also highlighting the importance of examining symptom severity. This research addressed this relationship between CFS/ME severity subgroups, assessing serum immunoglobulins and serum cytokines in severe and moderate CFS/ME patients. Participants included healthy controls (n= 22), moderately (n = 22) and severely (n=19) affected CFS/ME patients. The 1994 Fukuda Criteria defined CFS/ME and severity scales confirmed mobile and housebound CFS/ME patients as moderate and severe respectively. IL-1β was significantly reduced in severe compared with moderate CFS/ME patients. IL-6 was significantly decreased in moderate CFS/ME patients compared with healthy controls and severe CFS/ME patients. RANTES was significantly increased in moderate CFS/ME patients compared to severe CFS/ME patients. Serum IL-7 and IL-8 were significantly higher in the severe CFS/ME group compared ...
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is characterised by severe prolonged fatigue, and decreases in cognition and other physiological functions, resulting in severe loss of quality of life, difficult clinical management and high costs to the health care system. To date there is no proven pathomechanism to satisfactorily explain this disorder. Studies have identified abnormalities in immune function but these data are inconsistent. We investigated the profile of markers of immune function (including novel markers) in CFS/ME patients. We included 95 CFS/ME patients and 50 healthy controls. All participants were assessed on natural killer (NK) and CD8+T cell cytotoxic activities, Th1 and Th2 cytokine profile of CD4+T cells, expression of vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor 2 (VPACR2), levels of NK phenotypes (CD56bright and CD56dim) and regulatory T cells expressing FoxP3 transcription factor. Compared to healthy individuals, CFS/ME patients displayed significant increases in IL
Seven genomic subtypes of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: a detailed analysis of gene networks and clinical phenotypes ...
Demonstrated diagnosis chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis may be suitable in patients with suspected side effects to Q-HPV vaccine.
A project summary as written by Geraldine Cambridge, Fane Mensah, and Chris Armstrong:. Many viral and other infectious agents have been reported to cause or trigger the symptoms described by patients with Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). The variety of pathogens associated with ME/CFS however suggests that a single agent is not responsible and that chronic changes to the normal functioning of immune and other body cells caused by stressors such as infections more likely underly this disease. ME/CFS patients suffer from a wide range of physical, neurocognitive and autonomic symptoms. It is perhaps therefore not surprising that in the limited biomedical studies so far performed, there appears to be a lack of consistency in results. Understanding the underlying disease-associated physiological and biochemical pathways in ME/CFS patients would therefore allow a more evidence-based approach leading to rapid diagnosis and to potential therapies. At present there are no ...
Preliminary evidence suggests that the enteric microbiota may play a role in the expression of neurological symptoms in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Overlapping symptoms with the acute presentation of d-lactic acidosis has prompted the use of antibiotic treatment to target the overgrowth of species within the Streptococcus genus found in commensal enteric microbiota as a possible treatment for neurological symptoms in ME/CFS. An open-label, repeated measures design was used to examine treatment efficacy and enable sex comparisons. Participants included 44 adult ME/CFS patients (27 females) from one specialist medical clinic with Streptococcus viable counts above 3.00 × 105 cfu/g (wet weight of faeces) and with a count greater than 5% of the total count of aerobic microorganisms. The 4-week treatment protocol included alternate weeks of Erythromycin (400 mg of erythromycin as ethyl succinate salt) twice daily and probiotic (d-lactate free multistrain probiotic, 5 × 1010
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is the label given to a syndrome that can include long-term flu-like symptoms, profound fatigue, trouble concentrating, and autonomic problems, all of which worsen after exertion. It is unclear how many individuals with this diagnosis are suffering from the same condition or have the same underlying pathophysiology, and the discovery of biomarkers would be clarifying. The name
Kindling might represent a heuristic model for understanding the etiology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Kindling occurs when an organism is exposed repeatedly to an initially sub-threshold stimulus resulting in hypersensitivity and spontaneous seizure-like activity. Among patients with ME/CFS, chronically repeated low-intensity stimulation due to an infectious illness might cause kindling of the limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Kindling might also occur by high-intensity stimulation (e.g., brain trauma) of the limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Once this system is charged or kindled, it can sustain a high level of arousal with little or no external stimulus and eventually this could lead to hypocortisolism. Seizure activity may spread to adjacent structures of the limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary axis in the brain, which might be responsible for the varied symptoms that occur among patients with ME/CFS. In addition, kindling may also be responsible for high ...
The pursuit for clarity in diagnostic and treatment pathways for the complex, chronic condition of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) continues. This systematic review raises a novel question to explore possible overlapping aetiology in two distinct conditions. Similar neurocognitive symptoms and evidence of D-lactate producing bacteria in ME/CFS raise questions about shared mechanisms with the acute condition of D-lactic acidosis (D-la ...
NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts: Notice of Availability of Administrative Supplements on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) NOT-AI-16-046. NIAID
Sixteen-year-old Olivia Cole describes being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the age of 10, how she has been living with the illness ever since and what effect it has had on her ...
Evidence-based recommendations on diagnosing and managing chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/myaligc encephalomyelitis (ME) in children, young people and adults
UK-based genomic profiling of ME/CFS patients may point to 7 genomically derived subtypes definitive enough to be considered distinct clinical syndrom
Alterations in immune system cells in ME/CFS patients suggest significant impairments in immune regulation in CFS/ME and these may have similarities t
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex disease with no known cause or mechanism. There is an increasing appreciation for the role of immune and metabolic dysfunction in the disease. ME/CFS has historically presented in outbreaks, often has a flu-like onset, and results in inflammatory symptoms. Patients suffer from severe fatigue and postexertional malaise. There is little known about the metabolism of specific immune cells in patients with ME/CFS. To investigate immune metabolism in ME/CFS, we isolated CD4+ and CD8+ T cells from 53 patients with ME/CFS and 45 healthy controls. We analyzed glycolysis and mitochondrial respiration in resting and activated T cells, along with markers related to cellular metabolism and plasma cytokines. We found that ME/CFS CD8+ T cells had reduced mitochondrial membrane potential compared with those from healthy controls. Both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells from patients with ME/CFS had reduced glycolysis at rest, whereas CD8+ T cells also ...
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex disease with no known cause or mechanism. There is an increasing appreciation for the role of immune and metabolic dysfunction in the disease. ME/CFS has historically presented in outbreaks, often has a flu-like onset, and results in inflammatory symptoms. Patients suffer from severe fatigue and postexertional malaise. There is little known about the metabolism of specific immune cells in patients with ME/CFS. To investigate immune metabolism in ME/CFS, we isolated CD4+ and CD8+ T cells from 53 patients with ME/CFS and 45 healthy controls. We analyzed glycolysis and mitochondrial respiration in resting and activated T cells, along with markers related to cellular metabolism and plasma cytokines. We found that ME/CFS CD8+ T cells had reduced mitochondrial membrane potential compared with those from healthy controls. Both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells from patients with ME/CFS had reduced glycolysis at rest, whereas CD8+ T cells also ...
The main strength of our study is the systematic methods used to identify and appraise articles presenting case definitions of CFS/ME and studies potentially useful to evaluate the case definitions. Furthermore, we have used systematic and transparent approaches to extract data from the validation studies, categorise the studies according to three different models and to analyse and compare the data.. The STARD initiative aims to improve the reporting on studies of diagnostic accuracy, considering any method for obtaining additional information on a patients health status as a test.25 Owing to the lack of a reference standard, we found this guideline less suitable for review of articles evaluating case definitions for CFS/ME. Still, issues such as study populations, test methods and rationale, technical specifications for application of the test, statistical methods for comparing measures of accuracy and uncertainty, estimates of diagnostic accuracy, variability and clinical applicability25 are ...
Some of the other factors which may contribute to the pathogenesis of CFS/ME include hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation, hypocortisolism, micro-nutrient deficiencies, inflammatory/oxidative stress and nitrosative disorders, mitochondrial dysfunction, viral infections, heavy metal toxicity such as mercury and much more.. I have created this resource with a collection of some of my favorite studies and scientific research on the possible pathogenesis of CFS/ME, which may hopefully be of help to other individuals suffering from this debilitating condition.. I will continue to keep this resource updated with current studies and research as applicable. If anyone has any good research papers on CFS/ME, please share them via the comment section below and we will add them to the list.. ...
A comprehensive list of synonyms was compiled for the subjects (adolescents) and the condition (CFS). These were then combined and applied to the following databases so that all possible combinations of synonyms in article titles would be returned: Cochrane Library, PubMed, Ovid, Medline and EMBASE. This review updates the previous systematic review1 used to inform NICE guidance. We reviewed randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing any behavioural intervention with normal care published since 2005. The results are discussed in the context of published case-control and cohort studies.. Abstracts were reviewed for 77 papers, and 20 papers were retrieved. Seven papers were excluded because they were case studies, two were cohort studies, four evaluated non-behavioural treatments and four did not use normal usual care as a control group leaving three RCTs.. ...
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Post-exertional malaise (PEM) is one of the main symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). PEM can be described as "a delayed and significant exacerbation of ME/CFS symptoms that always follows physical activity and often follows cognitive activity". PEM is considered a cardinal symptom by a number of the different diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS, including the International Consensus Criteria. "Unravelling the nature of post-exertional malaise in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: The role of elastase, complement C4a and interleukin-1β". ME Research UK. Retrieved 23 September 2017. Jason, Leonard A.; Evans, Meredyth; So, Suzanna; Scott, Jilian; Brown, Abigail (13 January 2015). "Problems in Defining Post-Exertional Malaise". Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community. 43 (1): 20-31. doi:10.1080/10852352.2014.973239. Retrieved 23 September 2017. "Comments Post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS: Medical Research Council announces new ...
The results show that lowered levels of CoQ10 play a role in the pathophysiology of ME/CFS and that symptoms, such as fatigue, and autonomic and neurocognitive symptoms may be caused by CoQ10 depletion. Our results suggest that patients with ME/CFS would benefit from CoQ10 supplementation in order t …
The Cure-ME team had established the UK ME/CFS Biobank, with a governance structure that involves the collaboration between two academic institutions - the LSHTM (housing the Cure-ME) and the UCL (housing UCL-RFH BioBank facility). The UK ME/CFS Biobank Steering Committee oversees the above team-work, and is also involved in assessing research applications, ensuring community participation in the process.. Academic, non-commercial, and commercial researchers are all eligible to apply to use samples and/or anonymised data. Applications and review procedures are in place (see Bioresource URL). Researchers should present a sound scientific rationale for the proposed study, have a good research track record, and be supported by their institution. The following types of studies will be prioritised: testing or generating new hypotheses on pathophysiology of ME/CFS; improving diagnosis and phenotyping; and/or, basic science, e.g. pharmacological in vitro studies, potentially leading to clinical trials ...
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 diagnostic biomarkers and of agreed reproducible case definitions. We estimated the prevalence and incidence of ME/CFS in three regions in England, and discussed the implications of frequency statistics and the use of different case definitions for health and social care planning and for research. We compared the clinical presentation, prevalence and incidence of ME/CFS based on a sample of 143,000 individuals aged 18 to 64 years, covered by primary care services in three regions of England. Case ascertainment involved: 1) electronic search for chronic fatigue cases; 2) direct questioning of general practitioners (GPs) on cases not previously identified by the search; and 3) clinical review of identified
So if you value an opinion, formed as a result of participating in many ME activities, for example being bed bound for years, you have come to the right BLOG. All these activities have allowed me to form an opinion as a Doctor and as a Patient. And that is important as the voice of the latter is discarded by many including NICE ...
ME/CFS is a debilitating disease with a controversial history and multiple names.  The Institute of Medicine recently recommended renaming the disease “Systemic Exertion Intoleranc
Publication: Citation: Transl Psychiatry (2015) 6, e●●; doi:10.1038/tp.2015.208 Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS, is a multifactorial and debilitating disease that has an impact on over 4 million people in the United States alone. The pathogenesis of ME/CFS remains largely unknown; however, a genetic predisposition has been suggested. In the present study, we used a DNA single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) chip representing over 9 06 600 known SNPs to analyze DNA from ME/CFS subjects and healthy controls. To the best of our knowledge ...
HealthDay)-Neuroinflammation markers are elevated in the brains of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) patients compared to healthy controls, according to a study published online March 24 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine .... http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-brain-neuroinflammation-chronic-. ...
Glucocorticoids (such as hydrocortisone) should not be used for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME ...
Tapanui Flu is a colloquial and outdated name used in New Zealand for [[myalgic encephalomyelitis]]/[[chronic fatigue syndrome]] ([[ME/CFS]]), coined after an outbreak occurred in the Tapanui area in the early 1980s. Though sometimes still used informally, it has been replaced in the medical community with the terms: [[myalgic encephalomyelitis]] (ME), [[postviral fatigue syndrome]] (PVFS), [[Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome]] (CFIDS) and/or [[chronic fatigue syndrome]] (CFS).,ref>http://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/c/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/,/ref> The term, Tapanui Flu, originated from a [[1984 Tapanui & West Otago Outbreak, 1984 outbreak]] in the small, rural town of Tapanui, in West Otago in New Zealands South Island, close to the boundary with Southland region.,ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapanui,/ref> ==See also== *[[1984 Tapanui & West Otago Outbreak]] *[[Disease Names]] *[[New Zealand]] ==References== ,references> ,/references> [[Category:Disease names ...
Clinical characteristics of a novel subgroup of chronic fatigue syndrome patients with postural orthostatictachycardia syndrome. J Intern Med. 2013...
True or False. According to the new criteria proposed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Diagnostic Criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), the 6-month duration criteria-symptoms persisting at a moderate, substantial, or severe intensity at least half of the time-is important for distinguishing ME/CFS from other fatiguing disorders that resolve in less than 6 months. ...
Researchers from Cornell University have finally shed light on the biological markers associated with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). This 2016 study found that analysis of inflammatory biomarkers and gut bacteria is able to predict the presence of ME/CFS [1]. This work offers greater insight into a mystifying health condition that, until now, Science has…
According to researchers, the duration of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in children is similar to that in adults, and the condition ___________ a specific pediatric definition. ...
A team led by Armin Alaedini published a Letter in Gut titled, "Markers of non-coeliac wheat sensitivity in patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome". Alaedinis research explores the immune response in celiac disease and non-celiac wheat sensitivity. Recently he identified biomarkers of intestinal barrier damage and systemic immune activation in people that consumed wheat but did not have celiac disease. Notably these people experience similar symptoms as people with ME/CFS so Alaedini analyzed blood samples from ME/CFS patients and healthy controls.. Alaedini and his team identified a subset of ME/CFS patients that had similar biomarkers including increased serum levels of soluble CD14 and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-binding protein, and antibodies to bacterial LPS and flagellin. ME/CFS patients in this subset also had severe gastrointestinal symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea and bloating. These are promising biomarkers for identifying this ME/CFS subset to target ...
Unexplained fatigue is not infrequent in the community. It presents a number of challenges to the primary care physician and particularly if the clinical examination and routine investigations are normal. However, while fatigue is a feature of many common illnesses, it is the main problem in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). This is a poorly understood condition that is accompanied by several additional symptoms which suggest a subtle multisystem dysfunction. Not infrequently it is complicated by sleep disturbance and alterations in attention, memory and mood. Specialised services for the diagnosis and management of CFS/ME are markedly deficient in the UK and indeed in virtually all countries around the world. However, unexplained fatigue and CFS/ME may be confidently diagnosed on the basis of specific clinical criteria combined with the normality of routine blood tests. The latter include those that assess inflammation, autoimmunity, endocrine dysfunction and gluten
In at number five, a diagnostic accuracy study looks at physical signs to see whether they can assist in the screening of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis. A mixed methods paper by Alberti et al looks to ascertain comments from trainees about their career choices at number seven, finding that negative comments towards general practice as a career do exist within clinical settings and are having a potential impact on poor recruitment rates to GP training.. Roberts and colleagues, reaching number nine this month, perform a systematic review of economic evaluations, to assess the cost-effectiveness of lifestyle interventions and metformin in reducing subsequent incidence of type 2 diabetes in high risk individuals. Finally, in at number ten, Earl et al examine whether chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with altered circulating vitamin D metabolites.. ...
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Background. Psychological stress is thought to be an important factor in the pathogenesis of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). Therefore, we sought to examine this relationship in the context of parvovirus B19 infection.. Methods. Thirty-nine patients with laboratory-documented acute parvovirus B19 infection were asked to complete questionnaires on negative life events, perceived stress, and negative affect relevant to the time of onset of parvovirus infection and during the preceding 12 months. These scores were combined into an overall stress index, which was then examined for associations with particular parvovirus-associated symptoms at acute infection and during the ensuing 1-3 years. Additional characteristics monitored included presence of parvovirus antibodies and nucleic acid, cortisol level, dehydroepiandrosterone level, autoantibodies, levels of a range of serum cytokines, and human leukocyte antigen class I and II alleles.. Results. Stress index was ...
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. New Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Using Lymphatic Drainage Techniques. The Haven Healing Centre. Increase Energy Levels in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from Lymph System Stimulation
The objective of this study was to determine vulnerability to pattern-related visual stress in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). A total of 20 ME/CFS patients and 20 matched (age, gender) controls were recruited to the study. Pattern-related visual stress was determined using the Pattern Glare Test. Participants viewed three patterns, the spatial frequencies (SF) of which were 0.3 (low-SF), 2.3 (mid-SF), and 9.4 (high-SF) cycles per degree (c/deg). They reported the number of distortions they experienced when viewing each pattern. ME/CFS patients exhibited significantly higher pattern glare scores than controls for the mid-SF pattern. Mid-high SF differences were also significantly higher in patients than controls. These findings provide evidence of altered visual perception in ME/CFS. Pattern-related visual stress may represent an identifiable clinical feature of ME/CFS that will prove useful in its diagnosis. However, further research is required to establish if ...
Sadly, both you and he are right about the hostility to the views you both promote, but you give the wrong reasons for that hostility. In recent years there have been a host of papers that demonstrate that ME/CFS is a disease as well as an illness. Firstly the Canadian Consensus document on ME/CFS, published in 2003, gave good guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of people with ME. This was followed by the more comprehensive Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - International Consensus Document published in 2011. More recently, the highly respected US Institute of Medicine in its report "Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic fatigue Syndrome: Redefining the Illness" released on 10 February 2015, made clear that the primary message of the Committees report is that "ME/CFS is a serious, chronic, complex systemic disease that often can profoundly affect the lives of patients." Patients with the disease have always known this and are, understandably, deeply hurt and offended by the denigration they ...
Multiple Sclerosis patients or samples are sometimes used for comparison with in ME/CFS in research studies, for instance at the UK ME/CFS biobank, and both are female predominant diseases of the central nervous system.[7][8][9]. There are many similar features in multiple sclerosis and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), including: severe disabling fatigue that worsens after exercise; debilitating autonomic symptoms, including orthostatic intolerance; illness course may be relapsing-remitting or progressive; infections and psychosocial stress causing exacerbation; auto-immunity and auto-inflammatory processes; mitochondrial dysfunction; and decreased cerebral blood flow, atrophy of some brain structures.[10]. In the United States, the prevalence rate of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is 0.42% of the population versus MS which has a rate of 0.09%.[11] Approximately 14% of MS patients meet the Fukuda criteria for CFS.[12]. In 2017, a study examined whether network ...
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required). AHA: U.S. Cardiovascular Disease Burden Still High. THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a decrease in the rate of death attributable to cardiovascular disease and stroke, the burden of disease is still high, according to the American Heart Associations (AHAs) Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2012, published online Dec. 15 in Circulation.. Full Text. 2009 Florida Outbreak May Signify Dengue Reemergence. THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The 2009 dengue-virus (DENV) infection among Florida residents may indicate dengue reemergence, according to a study published online Dec. 14 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Emerging Infectious Diseases.. Full Text. School-Based Clinics Feasible for IDing Chronic Fatigue. THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- School-based clinics can identify children with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), and may be useful for diagnosing children ...
Specialty section: This article was submitted to Environmental Health, a section of the journal Frontiers in Public Health. Published online 2017 May 22. Abstract. A few years ago, a highly significant association between the xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), a complex debilitating disease of poorly understood etiology and no definite treatment, was reported in Science, raising concern for public welfare.. Successively, the failure to reproduce these findings, and the suspect that the diagnostic PCR was vitiated by laboratory contaminations, led to the retraction of the paper.. Notwithstanding, XMRV continued to be the subject of researches and public debates.. Occasional positivity in humans was also detected recently, even if the data always appeared elusive and non-reproducible.. In this study, we discuss the current status of this controversial association and propose that a major role in the unreliability ...
ME has been classified by the World Health Organisation (ICD 10 G 93.3) as a neurological illness affecting approximately 250,000 individuals within the UK. Of this number, approximately 25% of those affected will go on to develop severe ME which is an extremely debilitating illness. Sometimes it lasts for years and in some cases, even decades, often rendering the sufferer completely housebound, wheelchair & bedbound and dependent upon carers for their everyday needs. The Chief Medical Officers Report on the subject of CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) issued in January 2002 recognises that CFS/ME should be classed as a chronic condition with long term effects on health, alongside other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.. To date there is no known specific medical diagnostic test to determine or confirm a correct diagnosis, nor is there any specific treatment for this condition. ...
Adams D, Wu T, Yang X, Tai S, Vohra S. Traditional Chinese herbs for the treatment of idiopathic chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009(4):CD006348.. Buskila D. Pediatric fibromyalgia. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2009;35(2):253-261.. Engleberg NC. Chronic fatigue syndrome. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009:chap 131.. Fuller-Thomson E, Nimigon J. Factors associated with depression among individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome: findings from a nationally representative survey. Fam Pract. 2008;25:414-422.. Haig-Ferguson A, Tucker P, Eaton N, Hunt L, Crawley E. Memory and attention problems in children with CFS/ME. Arch Dis Child. 2008 Nov 11 [Epub ahead of print].. Heim C, Nater UM, Maloney E, Boneva R, Jones JF, Reeves WC. Childhood trauma and risk for chornic fatigue syndrome: association with neuroendocrine dysfunction. Arch Gen Psychiatry; ...
A subgroup of ME/CFS patients is affected severely and can be house-bound or even bedbound for weeks or longer. Very severely affected patients experience profound weakness, almost constant pain, severe limitations to physical and mental activity, sensory hypersensitivity (light, touch, sound, smell, and certain foods), and hypersensitivity to medications.
CFSAC Oral Testimony October 2009. "Hello. Im Dr. Joan Grobstein. Ive been a physician since 1977, last working at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia Division of Neonatology. Ive had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 1999. Im a doctor and a patient. Im going to talk about science and ME/CFS.. To be blunt, scientific research on ME/CFS is a mess. Given how little time I have, Ill focus mainly on the worst offender, the CDC. The CDC has underfunded and underinvestigated this disease since their initial involvement in the mid-80s. Theyve also failed to correctly define the disease. In 1994, they created the Fukuda definition, which is flawed but which has been used to define the CFS data set for fifteen years, resulting in a significant body of research. However, oddly, in 2005 the CDC redefined the data set. Perhaps they noticed research using the Fukuda definition seems to suggest physiologic explanations for ME/CFS symptoms. One wonders. In any case, using the new ...