Australian Study Pinpoints Possible Gene Issues in CFS

A new Australian study has looked at nerve cell activity which regulate the flow of ions in and out of cells.  This is the first study which has looked at this activity from an ME/CFS perspective. The ion channels ( TRP channels)  were recently called the “key transducers of nociception and pain”. (Neurons associated with the… Continue reading Australian Study Pinpoints Possible Gene Issues in CFS

The Origins of Fibromyalgia

The neurological basis for Fibromyalgia was discussed by Daniel Clauw, M.D., Professor of anesthesiology, University of Michigan at a plenary session address at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting on May 16 2015.  In the US, Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder behind osteoarthritis and, though still widely misunderstood, is now considered to be… Continue reading The Origins of Fibromyalgia

New Study Identifies How Disbelief, Lack of Support Negatively Affects Fibromyalgia Patients

Results from a recent study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research indicate that the construct of invalidation as perceived by patients with fibromyalgia includes active negative social responses as well as a lack of positive social responses with respect to the patient and their condition. In this setting, the psychological “construct of invalidation”… Continue reading New Study Identifies How Disbelief, Lack of Support Negatively Affects Fibromyalgia Patients

Chronic fatigue no bar to this high-achiever

This story from Wahroonga in New South Wales offers the possibility of positive outcomes: “SHE regularly skipped classes and was lucky to make it to school two days a week but Alyssa Henry overcame chronic fatigue to achieve an outstanding ATAR of 99.85. The Northern Beaches Christian School student from Wahroonga has missed years of… Continue reading Chronic fatigue no bar to this high-achiever

How to Exercise with CFS

This article provides sound reasoning as to why exercise is an important aspect of coping with CFS. “Most of us with FMS and/or ME/CFS have been unable to maintain a regular exercise program. The problem is that with Fibromyalgia, lack of exercise can increase our pain levels while too much exercise or exercise done incorrectly… Continue reading How to Exercise with CFS

CFS A Major Cause of Children Missing School?

According to research published in BMJ Open, undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) may be responsible for almost 1% of non-truant children who miss extended time off school. The authors state that earlier estimates, based on findings in just less than 3,000 pupils aged between 11 to 16 years at three secondary schools in the southwest… Continue reading CFS A Major Cause of Children Missing School?

Could EMFs cause CFS?

Lloyd Burrell’s recent blog posting asks some interesting questions about the source of Chronic Fatigue and whether it may be linked to Electromagnetic radiation.  An extract is shown below to help you decide. Robert O. Becker, author of Cross Currents, points out “chronic-fatigue syndrome has been found to be widespread in the electronics industry…” Ryoichi… Continue reading Could EMFs cause CFS?

Chronic fatigue syndrome eased by cancer drug

Dr Richard Fuller from the Dove Clinic commented on a New Scientist article relating to trials with Rituximab. This is interesting research. It states that some people who underwent treatment for cancer using a monoclonal antibody that blocks CD20 on B cells of the immune system (usually used for lymphoma) could benefit from improved symptoms… Continue reading Chronic fatigue syndrome eased by cancer drug

Serious Barriers to Care for Children with ME/CFS in the UK

Prohealth.com published this rather damning comparison of NICE recommendations when compared to what was actually delivered.  The headline observations included: “National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend referral to specialist services: • Immediately if severely affected, • Within 3 months if moderately affected • And within 6 months if mildly affected. However,… Continue reading Serious Barriers to Care for Children with ME/CFS in the UK