Taking the Next, er, Step
First you document the problem, then you try to figure out what's causing it. At least three research groups have decided it's time to move past documenting a messed up energy production system in ME/CFS and to begin figuring what's causing it. Over the next couple Read more [...]
What's up in 2014? Federal funding still sucks, but it's clear that the Research Foundations and non-profits are finding a way. As the list of studies or trials ending in 2014 indicates, we're going to learn a lot about chronic fatigue syndrome this year.
UK Rituximab Trial Underway - Invest Read more [...]
Sometimes you don't know if you should laugh or cry. This study starts off with a list of abnormal findings in fibromyalgia: there's the central nervous system sensitization which involves increased activity in the brain’s pain processing regions, increased responsiveness in regions that that process Read more [...]
"The human brain displays a high degree of plasticity, and gray matter and white matter change throughout the life span." Authors
Recently we saw that more intense connections from the one part of the brain (prefrontal cortex) to another part of the brain (limbic system) appear to Read more [...]
The assays Dr. Lipkin used in the CFI ME/CFS pathogen study would not detect the kind of 'persistent, subacute' infections some researchers and doctors believe are present in chronic fatigue syndrome
Fine needle biopsies of the thyroid gland in ME/CFS could uncover evidence Read more [...]
The Polyvagal Theory
The autonomic nervous system is traditionally described as consisting of two antagonistic and balanced branches, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic system. The sympathetic system or the "fight or flight" arousal system kicks into gear when we perceive threats. When that Read more [...]
It could explain the disappointing Lipkin Chronic Fatigue Initiative pathogen study results. It shows how an infection could trigger ME/CFS and then - poof - seemingly disappear. It includes two hot research topics in ME/CFS; the autonomic nervous and immune systems. It explains how sickness Read more [...]
The Pain Mystery
It's an incredible thing; Americans spend up to 600 billion (billion with a B) dollars to treat pain. Almost 30% percent of people with pain have low back pain and about 25% of them have chronic low back pain.
You'd think with that many people in pain we'd be pretty far along Read more [...]