Friday, February 27, 2015
The immune systems of people with chronic fatigue syndrome differ from those of healthy people, and patients with recent diagnoses can be distinguished from those who have had the condition for longer, researchers reported on Friday.
The findings do not have immediate clinical applications for patients, experts said. But the biomarkers discovered by the scientists eventually may form the basis of the first diagnostic test for the illness.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The disease process that most resembled CFS was Systemic Inflammatory
Response Syndrome, also known as SIRS; this correlation had a staggering 100%
resemblance. From the Lipkin/Hornig data and our data the picture that
clearly emerges is that ME/CFS is indeed an inflammatory disease."
-- Dr Montoya (of Stanford) on the CDC call at 36:40
Slightly Alive: The IOM Report on ME/CFS (SEID)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A Disease Doctors Refuse to See
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Needs Effective Treatments
TOO often, doctors don't understand chronic fatigue syndrome. They don't know how to diagnose it, and they frequently even believe that patients with the disease are just whining or suffering from psychological problems. This needs to change.
That was the message from the Institute of Medicine's recent report on the illness...
I hope, and believe, that this report will help some patients get diagnoses more quickly and accurately. But to get anywhere close to the care that patients so desperately need, no report is enough. It will require objective tests and effective treatments. For that, federal agencies will have to start making an investment in this disease that's proportional to the devastation it causes.
Julie Rehmeyer is a science writer and contributing editor at Discover Magazine.