Chronic Fatigue Syndrome News

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Chronic fatigue syndrome increases heart disease risk


Doctor With Heat in Palm of HandA new study sheds light on the underlying mechanisms explaining the increased risk of early death due to heart failure in chronic fatigue syndrome patients seen in earlier research.

The work conducted at the Maes Clinics in Antwerp, Belgium, proposes various mechanisms associated with chronic low-level inflammation and both oxidative and nitrosative stress may explain the apparent link between chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart failure.

Dr. Micheal Maes, Director of the the Maes Clinics, and colleagues sought answers in the medical literature to explain why ME/CFS patients seem to have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. A study published in 2006 found the average age of death from heart failure was significantly lower in ME/CFS patients than the general US population at just under 59 years, compared to just over 81.

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XMRV virus test for chronic fatigue syndrome now available


Test Tubes in Medical LaboratoryFollowing the breakthrough discovery of the XMRV retrovirus in a highly significant number of chronic fatigue syndrome patients a US lab is now making a diagnostic test available to the public.

Viral Immune Pathology Diagnostics (VIP Dx) based in Reno, Nevada announced that it was making the test for XMRV available to chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients in the United States and Canada. VIP Dx say there is already a 4-6 week wait for test kits as a result of the excitement the XMRV discover has generated among ME/CFS patients and their doctors.

The techniques used for the testing in the research study that has stunned the ME/CFS world and projected the condition into the mainstream have been licensed by VIP Dx for their own test. Dr. Vincent Lombardi, an investigator on the study and co-author of the paper that appeared in the 8 October 2009 issue of Sthe journal cience has been appointed Director of Operations for the licensing and development of the XAND test assays used by VIP Dx for the detection of XMRV.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome groups call for better CDC research program


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention LogoChronic fatigue syndrome organisations have been calling for a major shake up of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's research program and now it seems on the back of the recent XMRV retrovirus breakthrough by a non-governmental research group the Center's own staff are questioning the current approach.

In recent years many chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) groups along with individual doctors and patients have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress made by the CDC in advancing understanding and treatment of ME/CFS despite relatively large amounts of funding compared to other programs.

In October 2008 the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), whose mission is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America", held a meeting attended by committee members including respected ME/CFS physicians Lucinda Bateman, MD, and Nancy Klimas, MD, CDC representatives and representatives from other governmental organisations including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Retrovirus discovery in chronic fatigue syndrome seen as major breakthrough


ME/CFS RibbonThe results of a new study have found a retrovirus known as XMRV in significant numbers of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients sparking a worldwide media flurry that this may be the breakthrough patients have been waiting for.

The study, 'Detection of Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in the Blood Cells of CFS Patients', which is published in the prestigious journal Science, found XMRV in 68 of 101 ME/CFS patients but in only 8 of 218 healthy control participants.

The research was conducted by US scientists from the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI), located at the University of Nevada, Reno, and their collaborators from the National Cancer Institute and the Cleveland Clinic.

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Altered gene expression in chronic fatigue patients following exercise points to diagnostic tests


Dr. Alan R. Light, PhD.A new study has found that genes involved in muscle pain sensation, fatigue, the function of adrenaline, and immune activity, are all expressed more so in chronic fatigue syndrome patients than healthy individuals following exercise.

The research could be a milestone in our understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and its diagnosis and treatment as the scientists feel the biomarkers they have identified could be used to develop a diagnostic test and open up new avenues for therapeutic interventions.

The research could be a milestone in our understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and its diagnosis and treatment as the scientists feel the biomarkers they have identified could be used to develop a diagnostic test and open up new avenues for therapeutic interventions.

This positive news for ME/CFS patients everywhere comes hot on the heels of research presented by Belgian researcher Dr. Kenny De Meirleir and colleagues at a press conference and at Invest in ME’s International ME/CFS Conference in London at the end of May. Dr. De Meirleir and his team believe that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) produced by certain gut bacteria found at abnormally high levels in ME/CFS patients could be a cause for the disease and have developed a simple urine test to detect excess H2S.

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