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Australian Study Pinpoints Possible Gene Issues in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

"Key transducers of nociception and pain" Much of the activity in nerve cells is regulated by very small channels that regulate the flows of ions such as calcium, sodium and magnesium in or out of the cells. Given the central nervous system problems in ME/CFS and FM and the clear role ion channels Read more [...]

High Rates of Gynecological Disorders Implicated in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The first intimations that chronic fatigue syndrome might be associated with gynecological issues  came early in the history of the disorder.  In 1988 Dr. Komaroff co-authored a paper finding increased gynecological complications (endometriosis, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, uterine fibroids, Read more [...]

Eye-Opening Finding: Small Fiber Neuropathy Found in Fibromyalgia Patients Eyes

 "These results reinforce the proposal of fibromyalgia as a neuropathic pain syndrome. Our results also show that fibromyalgia patients have multiple autonomic dysfunction symptoms." Authors The destruction of small nerve fibers in the skin of fibromyalgia patients (small fiber neuropathy - SFN) Read more [...]

No Smoking Guns? Triggering Events Not Common in Fibromyalgia?

How a disorder starts can be very informative. A rapid onset illness associated with swollen lymph glands, muscle aches, fatigue and fever so often marks the onset of a short-term infection that rarely do doctors attempt to identify the precipitating pathogen. Other beginnings are more obscure. The 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 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 [...]

Resilience and Chronic Pain: Stanford Researcher Looking for Survey Participants

Dr. Drew Sturgeon, is a post-doctoral fellow and neuropsychologist at Stanford University conducting a study into resilience and chronic pain.  Sturgeon would like to know why some people with high amounts of pain are able to stay productive while others cannot.  Stanford has one of the most Read more [...]

Simmaron Spinal Fluid Study Finds More “Immune Exhaustion” in ME/CFS

In the most comprehensive study of immune factors in the cerebral spinal fluid ever done in ME/CFS, Mady Hornig and Ian Lipkin reported finding dramatic differences in ME/CFS patients. The results of the Simmaron Research Foundation /Chronic Fatigue Initiative study suggested that an extensive immune Read more [...]