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 [...]
(In the second of a series of blogs of presentations on the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) Conference in September of this year, Simon tackles Dr. Lloyds fascinating talk on the how infections trigger chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Studies suggest a significant genetic component is present in ME/CFS and we know the immune system is involved.
Now Simmaron Research Foundation Research Director, Dr. Isabel Barao is combining genetics and the immune system to try and uncover the cause of immune holes in ME/CFS.
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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.
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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 [...]