Epstein-Barr virus just keeps showing up in ME/CFS. After the Lipkin study suggested EBV activation wasn't a problem in ME/CFS, a German study suggested it was.
Now, we look at that issue and a fascinating hypothesis proposing that poorly controlled EBV infections are at the heart of all autoimmunity.
The Read more [...]
This is the first of a second series of posts dealing with remission strategies from infections. The contents will apply regardless of which infection model you believe causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The usual models are:
A bacterial infection in the body (tissue, bone marrow, blood) - for Read more [...]
Virtually everyone is exposed to Epstein-Barr Virus. If you catch it as a child you usually feel nothing, but if you're an adolescent you're likely to come down with infectious mononucleosis - and a greatly increased risk of ME/CFS.
After German researchers noticed some strange EBV antibody Read more [...]
(As we await the outcome of the Pridgen antiviral herpes simplex trial in Fibromyalgia, Albert Chang takes a deeper look at herpes simplex viruses.)
Two herpesviruses, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and HHV-6, have been of interest in chronic fatigue syndrome for decades. However, it was not 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 [...]
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 [...]
Dr. Ian Lipkin surprised everyone on the CDC's Conference call yesterday when he presented many of the results from the two major pathogen studies involving the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Initiative and Dr. Montoya at Stanford.
These studies, easily the most rigorous of their type ever attempted Read more [...]
If the virus situation in ME/CFS with its possibilities of aborted, endogenous or just plain hidden viruses wasn't enough, now perhaps comes the strangest
twist of all; ME/CFS patients infected with one herpesvirus that's been integrated into the DNA of every cell in their body, and another Read more [...]