Thursday, October 22, 2009

XMRV and ME/CFS What do we know so far? What don't we know?

In a message dated 10/22/2009 10:09:42 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
charles.c.shepherd@BTINTERNET.COM writes:
RETROVIRUS XMRV and ME/CFS: WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR? AND WHAT DON'T WE
KNOW? (VERSION 2)


UPDATED POSITION STATEMENT FROM THE MEA:

This is a considerably extended and updated version of our first summary
on XMRV research.

It includes additional information relating to questions that are coming
to the MEA about the research findings, in particular questions concerning
possible transmission and spread of XMRV, availability of private and NHS
tests for the virus here in the UK, possible treatment of XMRV with antiviral
drugs, and volunteering for UK research studies.

We also report on a new research study from Germany that has queried the
link between XMRV and prostate cancer.

This summary is intended to be a balanced account which not only raises
questions but is also very cautious when it comes to drawing any firm
conclusions about the role of XMRV at this very early stage in the research.

Full statement available on the MEA website at:
http://www.meassociation.org.uk

ENDS

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