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£3.2million granted for largest ME/CFS DNA study ever

Funding for the world’s largest genetic study into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), led by a partnership of patients and scientists, has been announced. Thanks to £3.2 million funding, awarded jointly by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research, work can begin on DecodeME, the ME/CFS DNA study that hopes to reveal the tiny differences in a person’s DNA that may affect their risk of developing ME/CFS, and the underlying causes of the condition.

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The UK ME/CFS Biobank: a rich resource of samples and data

It is a strange time to be writing about the work of the UK ME/CFS Biobank (UKMEB); as I write, our office has been closed for over two months and clinical visits have been paused indefinitely; samples cannot currently be distributed. COVID-19 has created many challenges to our work and the research of many others,

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Washington Post Editorial Says Some COVID-19 Patients Will Develop ME

The Washington Post published an editorial last Saturday about how researchers are warning that COVID-19 may lead to long-term, debilitating illnesses, like myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), in some patients. The editorial was written by former Washington Post reporter, Brian Vastag, and #MEAction co-founder, Beth Mazur, both of whom have ME. Many people infected with COVID-19 are

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Citizen science highlights non-recovery in COVID-19 patients

Recently, #MEAction received what may be the first, participant-led analysis of COVID-19, entitled What Does COVID-19 Recovery Actually Look Like? An Analysis of the Prolonged COVID-19 Symptoms Survey by Patient-Led Research Team. The Body Politic COVID-19 Support Group surveyed over 600 participants who had experienced/were experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for at least two weeks, revealing insights

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Equip yourself to fight disinformation!

Over the last many months, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have been flooded with disinformation about COVID-19. We wanted to make you aware of the problem, equip you with tools for how to recognize and respond to disinformation, and enlist your help keeping our community safe. According to numerous reports, much of this disinformation comes from organized

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NIH announces two new funding opportunities for ME

On April 13, NIH announced two new funding opportunities for ME/CFS research:  PAR-20-165, Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) PAR-20-168, Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) (R21 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) What is an R01?  What is an R21? R01 and R21 are two common types of funding

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