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Infection-associated chronic disease experts needed at ARPA-H

Congress launched ARPA-H (the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health) this past March to focus on high-risk, high-reward research projects with the goal to solve intractable health problems. As ARPA-H is in the process of hiring its first cohort of program managers, #MEAction and a coalition of chronic disease advocacy groups have published an open

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Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Complexities of Vaccines and Chronic Illness

It has been over a year since the COVID-19 vaccine became available, and a subset of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are reporting adverse effects from getting vaccines and boosters from all manufacturers. There are also rare reports of people without pre-existing conditions developing Long COVID and ME/CFS symptoms after getting

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New T-Cell Research at the University of Massachusetts

#MEAction’s Director of Scientific and Medical Outreach, Jaime Seltzer, sat down with Dr. Liisa Selin, MD, PhD, and Dr. Anna Gil, PhD, recipients of an R01 grant to research immune system dysregulation in people with ME/CFS. Selin, a professor of pathology and a person with ME herself, and Gil, a viral immunologist, comprise the two-person

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Exciting news about Mayo Clinic!

We’ve got some very exciting news this week! Clinicians working at the Long COVID clinic at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota met with #MEAction to discuss treatment, research and improved community engagement for people with ME! They reached out to us because they were interested in engaging with a national patient-led organization with strong

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ME/CFS on TV (Part 3)

RETURN TO PART 1 OF THIS SERIES HERE ME/CFS ON THE ITALIAN TV SCREEN: A VIRTUOUS MODEL by Giada Da Ros Through sundry television spaces (news, fiction, talk shows), the ME/CFS community challenged existing political, medical, and philosophical approaches to the illness (and to maladies in general).  The community sought to re-appropriate the discourse, fight

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ME/CFS On TV (Part 2)

RETURN TO PART 1 OF THIS SERIES HERE “THAT’S WHY THEY DON’T BELIEVE YOU, YOU DON’T LOOK SICK!”: FICTIONAL REPRESENTATIONS OF ME/CFS by Giada Da Ros Sociologists emphasize the importance of social and cultural representation of social and cultural representation of chronic and emerging disease, both for individual and collective behavior. “(T)he fact that people

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Be part of designing UWS research into ME and long COVID

UPDATE: The research team have let us know that they’ve received a huge response to this request and they now have the information they need. They’ll be in touch with people individually if they are eligible to participate in the study. If you got involved, thanks for your support! Researchers at the University of the

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ME/CFS on TV (Part 1)

ME/CFS IN EARLY TV DISCOURSE: QUESTIONING GOVERNMENTAL POLICIES AND CHALLENGING THE CONCEPTIONS OF DISEASE AND MEDICINE  by Giada Da Ros As patients who suffer from it well know, myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a life-altering, debilitating, chronic, systemic disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected patients (Open Medicine Foundation).

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In Memory of Dr. Ronald G. Tompkins MD, ScD

Mourning the loss of Dr. Ron Tompkins

Today #MEAction joins the community in mourning the loss of Dr. Ronald G. Tompkins, MD, ScD, who passed away this week. Ron Tompkins was a clinician, clinical researcher, and friend and ally to people with ME. He was the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Founding Director of the Center for

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