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Australian scientists publish study showing potential biomarker for ME

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Scientists in Canberra and Melbourne have just published a study claiming to have found that activin B is a biomarker for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Participants with ME/CFS were recruited using the Canadian Consensus Criteria ...

Australia University will Study Effects of Xbox on Physical Activity in ME/CFS Patients

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The University of South Australia will begin a research study that looks at how active video gaming can increase physical activity in adults with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. The study has no set research criteria, despite studies that show 2 out of 5 patients are misdiagnosed with CFS/ME in Australia ...

Australian government seeking expert advice on ME and CFS research grants

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Australian Senator Scott Ludlam asked about the progress of proposals to research ME and CFS and what can be done to educate GPs to prevent harmful treatments ...

Calcium channel ion defects: research from Australia’s Griffith Uni.

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Researchers from Queensland’s Griffith University recently identified a dysfunctional cell receptor in the immune system of people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Fifteen people meeting the Fukuda criteria for CFS were studied, against 25 controls. Considering the small size of the study, the results cannot be considered definitive ...

Australia: government refuses to stop funding trial focused on GET/CBT

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An Australian university is trialling a program to train health professionals in administering graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to roll it out nationally and internationally, despite the evidence of harm. Here is the response to a petition to ask them to stop ...

How an Australian’s FOI request busted open a UK science scandal

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The 2011 PACE trial examined the effect of graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy against standard medical care, but refused to share their data. West Australian Alem Matthees filed a UK Freedom of Information Act. The ruling released the data and further examination found glaring problems with the study ...

Australian ME/CFS doctor awarded Order of Australia Medal

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Well respected Australian doctor, Richard Schloeffel, was amongst those to receive an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in this year’s Australia Day honours list, for his service to medicine in the field of chronic and infectious disease ...

ME/CFS Advocacy Down Under in 2016

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2016 was a big year for ME/CFS advocacy. As we turn over the page to the fresh new year, the #MEAction Network Australia group reflects on some of the highlights of its advocacy efforts in 2016 ...

Dr. Nahle’s Webinar Provides Overview of Current Research

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The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) hosted a webinar December 15 in which Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA, summarized research in which they are participating or supporting. Nahle is the Vice President for Research and Scientific Programs at SMCI. Nahle began by listing the problems associated with ME’s perception, funding, and research.  “The ...

Fluge, Mella, and Armstrong: more support for disordered metabolism in ME patients

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One of the frequent complaints of patients, researchers, and policymakers about ME research is that the findings are scattered, and the studies, small.  One group will discover X is elevated in 20 ME patients, only to find that when the test is done on another 13 patients two years down ...
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