Archive for Research

Gut Infection Could Underlie Symptoms in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“We are cautiously optimistic regarding these results because, if confirmed, we may have identified a contributing factor to the innate immune issues associated with ME/CFS and a molecular target for potential treatment strategies.” - Lombardi et al. Over the past couple of years the Whittemore-Peterson Read more [...]

New Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Lab Opens: Jarred Younger Talks

“If we are successful, we may not only produce an objective test for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, but we may also be able to develop more effective treatments for those disorders.” - Dr. Jarred Younger Jarred Younger dazzled attendees with his leptin and chronic fatigue syndrome Read more [...]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Researcher Turns Pilot Study into Major Grant

Patrick McGowan's  epigenetic research started out as a small 24 person pilot project funded by the SolveCFS Initiative but it's not small any more. With the help of a $500,000 grant from the Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust, Patrick McGowan (and Dr. Lucinda Bateman) are now embarking Read more [...]

They Built It and They Are Coming: Effort Attracts New Researchers To ME/CFS Field

“Our intention is to evolve the SolveME/CFS BioBank™ into the most sought after resource for ME/CFS research in existence” In 2008, seeking to shift their focus to research, the then CFIDS Association of America (CAA) (now The SolveME/CFS Initiative) hired their first Research Director, Read more [...]

Study Suggests Hormones, Viruses and/or Autoimmunity at Work in ME/CFS

Almost everyone, from young to old, can get chronic  fatigue syndrome, but a recent study suggests that if you're a woman and are in one of two age groups your chances of coming down with it are dramatically increased. Find out when that is and what it suggests about ME/CFS in a Simmaron Research Read more [...]

Channeling Pain: Fibromyalgia Mouse Study Points to Muscle Problems

“These results will be clinically useful, because we provide a new opportunity for mechanism-based treatment for chronic, widespread muscle pain resulting from recurrent acid insults possibly associated with symptoms of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.” Chen et. al. The question Read more [...]

Yes, Fibromyalgia is Real – and Here’s Why

When I saw that the video "Fibromyalgia: It's Real It's Manageable What You Can Do" had been viewed almost 85,000 times I had to check it out.  In it, Dr. Andrew Gross, the head of the Rheumatology Clinic at the University of California at San Francisco presents a a birds-eye view of fibromyalgia. The Read more [...]

Gut Finding in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Dispels Idea IBS is Psychological

“A functional symptom is a medical symptom in an individual which is very broadly conceived as arising from a problem in nervous system 'functioning' and not due to a structural or pathologically defined disease cause.” - Wikipedia “... on finding itself unable to discover effective treatments Read more [...]