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Neurobiological & spinal fluid abnormalities in CFS are not influenced by psychiatric status

Research highlights: Patients have higher brain ventricular lactate, more abnormal spinal fluids, lower brain GSH, and reduced cerebral blood flow than controls Psychiatric comorbidity does not influence any of these potential biological markers of CFS 50% of the patients had … Continue reading

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Video lecture on clinical case definitions by Prof Jason

Youtube video published 17 March 2017: Leonard Jason’s Presentation on Case Definitions to European Network The issue of research and clinical case definitions were discussed in this 30 min March 2-017 talk, and then the European scientists asked questions for the remaining 30 … Continue reading

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How a study about CFS was doctored, adding to pain and stigma

The Conversation blog, by Steven Lubet, 23 March 2017: How a study about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was doctored, adding to pain and stigma  The public relies on scientists to report their findings accurately and completely, but that does not always happen. … Continue reading

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An open letter re PACE trial to Psychological Medicine, again!

Virology blog post, by Prof Vincent Racaniello, 23 March 2017: An open letter to Psychological Medicine, again! Last week, Virology Blog posted an open letter to the editors of Psychological Medicine. The letter called on them to retract the misleading … Continue reading

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BBC’s Week in week out reports on the crisis in home care in Wales

BBC Wales TV show Week In Week Out: The Real Cost of Caring The pressure is on our social services to deliver care to some of the most vulnerable in society. Week In, Week Out investigates the challenges facing those … Continue reading

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Cognitive neuroscientists use electrical imaging to search for cause of CFS

DePaul University press release, by Jordyn Holliday, 16 March 2017: Cognitive neuroscientists use systems level approach to search for cause of chronic fatigue syndrome Using electrical neuroimaging, a team of cognitive neuroscientists at the Center for Community Research at DePaul University, is working … Continue reading

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Do graded activity therapies cause harm in CFS?

Article abstract: Reporting of harms was much better in the PACE (Pacing, graded Activity, and Cognitive behavioural therapy: a randomised Evaluation) trial than earlier chronic fatigue syndrome trials of graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. However, some issues remain. The … Continue reading

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PACE trial claims of recovery are not justified by the data: a rejoinder to Sharpe, Chalder, Johnson, Goldsmith & White

Following a response from the PACE trial researchers to their re-analysis from the PACE trial researchers Wilshire et al have published a reply: Article abstract:  BACKGROUND: Recently, we critically evaluated the claim from the PACE trial that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and graded … Continue reading

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The full independent re-analysis of the PACE Trial now available on open access

ME Association blog post, 22 March 2017: Thanks to the MEA, you can now read the whole independent re-analysis of the PACE Trial recovery paper, 22 March 2017 The independent re-analysis of the PACE Trial recovery paper emerged from behind the … Continue reading

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Clinically proven mtDNA mutations are not common in CFS

Research abstract: Background: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a prevalent debilitating condition tat affects approximately 250,000 people in the UK. There is growing interest in the role of mitochondrial function and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variation in CFS. It is now … Continue reading

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