Archive for Research

Excluding Factors: Jason Critiques the IOM Definition for ME/CFS

Clearly, issues concerning reliability of clinical diagnosis are complex and have important research and practical implications. Jason et. al In the beginning of his overview on the IOM definition and name change Jason notes the numerous false starts and botched definitions that have plagued chronic Read more [...]

The Neuroinflammation Man: Jarred Younger on Inflammation, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

(This blog is taken from three sources. A radio interview with Jarred Younger, information on the University of Alabama at Birmingham website and an interview I did with him. Thanks to Jarred for his time.) Unlike others, Younger was never phased by the lack  of attention given fibromyalgia and chronic Read more [...]

Lyme Induced Immune Suppression May Bring Lyme Tests into Question

There has been a growing consensus  that whatever chronic Lyme disease is it's not due to the bacteria. This concensus has been based on studies indicating that short term antibiotic treatment following an infection, causes a dramatic reduction in antibodies. That drop in antibody levels is believed Read more [...]

Predisposed to Inflammation? CDC Zeroes In on Innate Immune System

Thousands of small alterations in our genes exist.  This propensity for genetic experimentation has helped the human race adapt and thrive.  Many never have an impact. Others may be helpful in some situations and problematic in other situations, and some, often in combination with other gene variations Read more [...]

The HPV Vaccine, POTS and ME/CFS and FM – Is There An Issue?

Through their ability to virtually eradicate infectious diseases such as polio, smallpox and measles, vaccines have produced incalculable good over time. Measles is a case in point. In 1958, 763,094 cases of measles were reported in the U.S.:  in 2008 less than seventy were.  Recent research suggests Read more [...]

Huge Advance in Viral Detection Could Benefit ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

FM and ME/CFS are often triggered by infections but concluding the role pathogens play in these illnesses has been difficult. It just got a whole lot easier. A Harvard researcher recently published a widely lauded paper that describes a quantum leap in researchers ability to assess the influence Read more [...]

Suzanne Vernon Gets Personal With ME/CFS

We are putting the finishing touches on a creatively disruptive approach for people-powered research.  Together we will get to the bottom of ME/CFS. Suzanne Vernon We were talking subsets at an event about five years ago. Suzanne turned to me and a friend and asked us to tell our stories. As our Read more [...]

Fibromyalgia Bad: Fibromyalgia with Migraine – Really Bad

There's something about migraines and fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Migraines aren’t usually talked about as major comorbid disorders with these diseases but recent studies suggest, however, that migraine may be one of the most, if not the most, common comorbid disorder for Read more [...]