Monday, November 24, 2014

Brains of People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Offer Clues


Many patients are still told to seek psychiatric help. But two recent studies — one from investigators at Stanford a few weeks ago and another from a Japanese research team published earlier this year — have found that the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome differ from those of healthy people, strengthening the argument that serious physiological dysfunctions are at the root of the condition.

"You've got two different groups that have independently said, 'There's something going on in the brain that is aberrant,' " said Leonard Jason,

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It's "all in our heads", but not in the way they thought!



Sunday, November 23, 2014

NIH Categorical Spending -NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting

Headaches get 5x the research funding as ME/CFS.  Otitis media (ear infection) gets 3x as much funding.  Cancer gets 1000x as much funding as ME/CFS.  Even the mild annoyance of hay fever gets twice as much funding as our disabling illness!
The inequalities are horrifying.
We get $5M; MS, which is fairly similar in symptomatology, gets $115M.
If anyone wants to know why you're not taking any medications, not having any improvement, just point them to this chart.