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A Missing Subset in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Revealed? Take the Disease Course Survey

Several studies suggesting that people with recent onset chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)  differ immunologically from longer duration patients may have uncovered a new subset. No studies that I know of, however, have examined a subset that's been evident at least anecdotally for quite some time: Read more [...]

Novel Immune Booster and Antiviral Agent Uncovered

Natural killer cells appear to be the ground zero for the immune dysfunction found in chronic fatigue syndrome.  These cells are, as their name implies, killers.  They're called "natural" killer cells because in contrast to cytotoxic T-cells which need to be activated to fight infections, NK Read more [...]

The Moving Blues: Finding a Home for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the NIH

Institutional Woes There's no easy way out. If chronic fatigue syndrome is ever going to get the funding it probably needs to find a new home. Moving is never easy... Right now, ME/CFS is the sole property of the small Office Of Research For Women's Health (ORWH) in the Office of the Director. Read more [...]

The Chicken or the Egg? Stanford Study Suggests Immune Problems are Made Not Born

“The immune system has to think on its feet" Mark Davis It's the classic question: the chicken or the egg? What determines your health more - your genes or your environment? A major study by renowned Stanford immunologist Mark Davis suggests that at least with regard to the immune system - it's Read more [...]

Breathe Deep: Dan Moricoli on Yoga and Recovering From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Take a deep breath... Yoga – yes, yoga.  My ideas about yoga have gone something like this. It came in with the Beatles about forty years ago.  It’s mostly about stretching, and it provides a good social outlet for some people. I have learned better. For those seriously engaged in it yoga Read more [...]

Fibromyalgia, Small Fiber Neuropathy and Eye-Opening Developments in Pain Research: An FM and Pain Researcher Talks

Check out what an enterprising fibromyalgia and pain researcher is doing, how the immune system is involved in pain, and the most exciting pain research going on in an overview of an interview the Pain Research Forum did with Claudia Sommer, MD. Claudia Sommer, MD is a busy woman.  The director Read more [...]

Could A Mitochondrial Enhancer Replace Cymbalta in Fibromyalgia?

How a Mitochondrial Booster Became an Antidepressant Acetyl0 L-carnitine (ALCAR) is best known as an energy supplement and mitochondrial booster the but folks in this  fibromyalgia clinical trial were looking for more than increased energy; they were looking for relief from pain and depression as Read more [...]

IOM Report Knocks Out the CDC Toolkit For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The reverberations from the IOM Report continue. In their first official response to the 300 plus page IOM Report (Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness) the CDC stated it was archiving both its brochure on ME/CFS: "Recognition and Management of CFS: A Read more [...]