Archive for Research

Chapter Opens Up in Quest to Understand PEM in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Lights are ploughing new ground - not just in ME/CFS - but in how post-exertional malaise and fatigue occurs after exercise in humans (and, one must say mice.). In this third blog in a series of blogs exploring PEM and ME/CFS. we take advantage of a chapter in a book they wrote that explains how Read more [...]

A “Fatigue” Disorder No More? – What Multiple Sclerosis Taught Us About Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The "Fatigue" Disorders Multiple sclerosis (MS) ranks amongst the most fatiguing disorders known.  The most common symptom found in MS (75-95% of patients), fatigue is a major research topic with ten studies in the last five months featuring fatigue in their titles. Like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Read more [...]

Lipkin Project Gutting It Out

Ian Lipkin thinks the gut holds the key to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and who are we to disagree with him? ). His study will identify microbes that are associated with immune activation in ME/CFS, then find ways to knock them down using probiotics, antibiotics followed by probiotics, restriction Read more [...]

Sensory Distress: The Other Side of Fibromyalgia

“If we lose sight of pleasures ... that intoxicate the senses in the most sensuous and beautiful and simplest of ways, then we've lost a lot." - Savannah Page Researchers have used heat, electricity, chemicals, and pressure to evoke pain in FM patients and controls, and in every study people with Read more [...]

“End ME/CFS” Mega Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Project Begins

Now this is exciting. The Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) has announced it has created and is raising funds for a huge "End ME/CFS" project.  They're looking for five million dollars a year to  fund it -- about double the NIH's current annual spending on all ME/CFS research. That's a really ambitious Read more [...]

Small Fiber Neuropathy Fibromyalgia Study Raises Questions

At least five studies have found significantly increased rates of small fiber neuropathy (SFN) in the skin of people with Fibromyalgia. SFN refers to the damage or destruction of the small unmyelinated sensory and/or autonomic nerve fibers. It’s believed that damage to these nerve fibers may cause Read more [...]

Big Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Grant Explores Why Men Get ME/CFS

Dr. Mary Fletcher and the ME/CFS research team at the Institute for Neuroimmune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University have received a very large grant ($1.9 million) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH. This grant will look for biomarkers in, get this, men Read more [...]

Nerves, Estrogen, Dr. Mikovits and Paradoxes: The INTiDYN Approach to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Last year researchers associated with a company called Integrated Tissue Dynamics (INTiDYN) in New York discovered excessive numbers of nerve fibers in the skin of the hands of a high percentage of Fibromyalgia patients.  We covered that study in a blog called “Hands up! A key to the fatigue, Read more [...]