Category Archives: Chronic Fatigue News

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 schooling since developing the condition when she was nine years old.  She did not attend Year 3, most of Year 8, or Year 9. But this gifted student took it in her stride, studying at home when she felt well enough. Alyssa, 17, was even able to skip Year 5 due to her academic results.”  You can read the whole story by clicking here

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 of England, where specialist CFS/ME services are well established, have indicated that CFS/ME affects between 0.1 to 0.5% of children.

The study included children who had missed over 20% of schooling over a 6-week period, but excluded children who missed school for a defined episode of ill health. Over a 6-week period, 461 children had missed more than 20% of school with 3 children because of CFS/ME. The reason of absence for the remaining 146 children was unexplained. 112 of these children attended a clinical review at school, where two children unknown to the school, had already been diagnosed with CFS/ME, whilst 42 children were referred on to a specialist clinic, which resulted in 23 children being newly diagnosed with CFS/ME. The figures demonstrate that 28 of 2,855 children, i.e. the equivalent of 1% of the school roll who missed over 20% of schooling over a six-week period suffered from CFS/ME. For more information follow the link to Medical News Today

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 Ogawa, a physician in Kobe, performed a study on CFS and noticed that about 80% of his CFS patients were frequent users on a daily basis of cell phones, personal computers, TV games and other IT devices. He found that “Reduced cerebral blood flow may possibly result from the influence of electromagnetic waves from IT equipment

A 1998 study by Roger Coghill suggests that 50 Hz electric fields adversely affect human peripheral blood lymphocytes. He went on to note that “a decrease in human peripheral blood lymphocytes could be implicated in the development of CFS“.

Lucinda Grant in the The Electrical Sensitivity Handbook states “Other at-risk groups for developing Electro Sensitivity seem to be chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients…. Because the nervous system is a primary site impacted by both chemicals and electromagnetic fields, those with nervous system damage from toxic exposures seem more susceptible to becoming Electro Sensitive too.”  Read the full article

Uplifting Story from Down Under

16/11/2011 and published by Triathlete.com –  Australia’s Nick North competes in triathlons despite being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. The last 12 months has ranked as one of the toughest periods Bathurst triathlete Nick North has had to endure, but on Sunday he was given a massive confidence boost as he works towards a very big goal.  Four months after North placed 24th in his age group at the 2009 Triathlon World Championships as he wore the green and gold of an Australian representative for the first time, the promising triathlete was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.  It meant he was unable to keep training as he had been and prevented him from racing. Both physically and mentally it was a tough time for North to endure.  To read the full story click here

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, the median time-to-assessment by a specialist service in the UK is 18 months.”

To read the prohealth.com overview go prohealth.com or for the full report go to biomedcentral.com

Lesley Davenport writes on 7 Ways to Beat Mental Fatigue

This Huffington Post blog entry contains some interesting suggestions on coping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: There’s no quick fix for chronic fatigue. It is typically a level of depletion that results from draining your energy reserves over a period of time. It requires a commitment to refuel and restore your vitality. But the good news is that there are many tried-and-true approaches you can begin using right now that can start building up your energy level significantly. Let’s look a little deeper at what’s involved.  Read the full posting on this external link

New group to help young ME sufferers in the North East

This article was published on Thursday 29 September 2011 10:31  A NEW group is being set up to support young sufferers of fatigue conditions and their families.ME North East, based in Chester-le-Street, is launching ME/CFS Young People and Families Friendship and Support Groups.  The groups, which will be held in Chester-le-Street, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, will bring together young people with ME/CFS and their families for mutual support.  Read More