Chronic Fatigue Syndrome News

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome drug Ampligen moves closer to widespread use

 

Drug company Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. announces applications for its experimental therapeutic drug Ampligen to be approved as a treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The company said yesterday that it had filed a New Drug Application (NDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was also moving forward with applications in other countries. Should the applications be approved it would be a landmark as Ampligen would become the first approved therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Currently the only recommendations for CFS are the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and specially designed graded exercise programs to manage the condition.

It's reported that Hemispherx Biopharma's NDA submission includes four well-controlled clinical trials involving CFS patients. The trials are said to include more than 1,200 patients who were given a total of approximately 90,000 doses of Ampligen.

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Immune abnormalities in chronic fatigue sydrome associated with dysfunctional response to viruses

 

Researchers report that although no single viral cause for CFS has been found (e.g. Epstein-Barr), the type I interferon antiviral pathway has been repeatedly shown to be activated, particularly in those patients who are most disabled by their illness. The RNase L enzyme is a part of this immune system pathway and CFS patients have been found to have an abnormal form.

This antiviral pathway activation and abnormal RNase L has been noted by a number of different researchers and it has been suggested that it is this immune system activation that causes the main symptoms of CFS. This would seem to make sense if you think about how you feel when you have a viral infection such as the flu. It is not the virus itself that causes you to feel so weak and achey, it's your immune system's response to the infection. The levels of the abnormal RNase L have also been found to be associated with the severity of inflammatory symptoms.

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The VegEPA for ME Scheme now has its own website

 

The VegEPA for ME Scheme founded by Lynne Kersh enables ME/CFS patients to get the VegEPA supplement at a discounted price whilst also generating funds for research into this debilitating condition from every purchase. Their new website provides an easy way to benefit from the scheme.

Lynne set about organizing the scheme after her 24 year old daughter Daliany showed significant improvements in her condition after taking the ultra pure essential fatty acid supplement VegEPA, which is currently generating much interest amongst chronic fatigue syndrome (ME) patients, their carers, and doctors. Indeed, Lynne's daughter is not the only one to have benefited. A quick search of CFS/ME support forums on the the internet reveals numerous positive reports from patients using the supplement.

Lynne managed to arrange a deal with Igennus Ltd, the Cambridge, England based company that manufactures VegEPA. Rather than paying the RRP of £11.95, members of the VegEPA for ME Scheme can buy each pot for £8.50, which includes free shipping to mainland UK (£3 to EU and £5 to rest of the world). What's more, £0.50 from each pot sold goes to funding research through the UK charity - ME Research UK. This charitable organization raises money through various means to directly fund research into the causes, consequences, and potential treatment of CFS/ME.

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CDC Pushes for More Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Recognition and Research

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has long been a neglected illness, with patients often feeling completely sidelined from society with no hope for the future. The CDC is hoping to change this with a campaign to boost recognition of the illness and new research studies announced.

For those of us who have lived with chronic fatigue syndrome for many years, the announcement that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a $4.5 million campaign to educate physicians and the public about the illness is welcome news, if long overdue.

Despite CFS having been an officially accepted diagnosis for many years now, there is still a lingering stigma associated with it. For many years sufferers were considered to be whining hypochondriacs who couldn't handle a hard days work like the rest of the population. Unflattering and entirely inaccurate labels such as "yuppie flu" were often uttered when the subject of CFS came up.

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Study finds dark chocolate reduces symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

 

Chronic fatigue syndrome patients who ate small amounts of specially formulated dark chocolate every day showed significant reductions in fatigue in a placebo controlled trial.

Dark chocolate has received a lot of attention in recent years for its potential health benefits. Studies have found it may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It has also been shown to have pain killing properties, amongst other benefits. Now a new study has found that a specially formulated dark chocolate can reduce self-reported levels of fatigue in chronic fatigue syndrome patients.

The study was carried out by a team of researchers at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK, headed by Professor Steve Atkin, a Consultant Endocrinologist.

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