Chronic Fatigue Syndrome News

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FLU Vaccination and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Syringe Containing Flu VaccineThe flu vaccine is subject of some controversy among advocates of natural medicine and those with chronic fatigue syndrome have more reason to harbour reservations than most. Here, Alison C. Bested MD provides practical advice drawn from her many years of experience.

October 2010 greetings! As we enter the flu season, I am writing to you about the flu vaccine as my patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) often ask me whether or not they should have it.

That depends on a number of factors:

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VegEPA for ME Scheme announces research partnership with the ME Association


VegEPA Nutritional SupplementThe Vegepa for ME Scheme has announced a new partnership with the UK's ME Association aimed at furthering its efforts to support biomedical research into Myalgic Enchephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

The Scheme, which supplies the unique clinical grade fatty acid formulation to sufferers at discounted prices, will help to support the ME Association's Ramsey Research Fund alongside its long-standing relationship with ME Research UK in a joint effort to improve the lives of those affected by this disabling condition.

VegEPA, developed by pioneering researcher Professor Basant Puri, contains 280mg of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and 100mg of the omega-6 fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) per capsule.

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UK to get WPI Inspired Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research and Treatment Centre


Invest in ME LogoTalks are reported to be underway that could lead to the establishment of a world class research and treatment centre for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome in the UK.

Should the plans come to fruition the centre would be a lifeline for the hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who suffer from the debilitating condition that leaves many severely disabled and unable to work while the National Health Service (NHS) has so far failed to offer treatment of any significant benefit.

The current talks involve NHS Norfolk and the University of East Anglia and any centre for research and treatment into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also commonly referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), would be located in Norwich.

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FDA and NIH confirm XMRV findings


Test Tubes for Medical Laboratory TestingOriginal Press Release from The Netherlands

Gendringen (NL), June 22, 2010. The FDA and the NIH have independently confirmed the XMRV findings as published in Science, October last. This confirmation was issued by Dr. Harvey Alter of the NIH during a closed workshop on blood transfusion held on May 26-27 in Zagreb. Two journalists from the Dutch magazine for health professionals, ORTHO, who have been working on XMRV stories for several months, were able to obtain a copy of the Alter lecture.

In the October 8, 2009 issue of Science Express, the Lombardi-Mikovits group at the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI), the Cleveland Clinic and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reported that 67% of 101 chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients tested positive for infection with xenotropic murine retrovirus (XMRV). Only 3.7% of 218 healthy subjects tested were positive for this gammaretrovirus. Since that time, a number of research groups have proved unable to independently confirm these findings.

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The Most Effective Rated Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Woman with CFS sleepingby Lourdes Salvador

Norwegian scientists surveyed 828 chronic fatigue syndrome patients to find out what treatments were most and least helpful.

Rest was rated the most helpful by 97% of participants, followed by pacing at 96%.

Pacing is a method of managing energy expenditure by limiting activities to the most essential that can be handled at a comfortable pace.

The easiest way to understand pacing is to imagine starting the day out with a handful of cards and each time energy is expended, a card is lost. When the cards are low, the day is over and sleep is required. Each activity of the day requires a card, including getting dressed, bathing, cooking, and visiting with someone. If too many activities exhaust the supply of cards, a deficit ensues and one nights sleep is not enough to recuperate.

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