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.
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,
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
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
Since a new coronavirus emerged from Wuhan, China late in 2019, some 3.8 million cases and 265,000 deaths have been reported world-wide. Governments are focused on treating patients acutely sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus SARS-CoV-2, and slowing the spread of the virus. However, a second crisis of long-term disability is
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
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
What: Researchers at Southern Connecticut State University are currently enrolling individuals in a study that will examine an intervention app for people living with ME/CFS. This app monitors daily perceived and expended energy and fatigue levels. Participants will be asked to complete an online survey about their health history, ME/CFS symptomology, as well as current
A year and a half ago in March of 2018, many of the leading U.S. ME/CFS clinicians came together for a summit at the Bateman Horne Center to discuss diagnostic and treatment methods for ME/CFS. There were three major goals for the summit, including to summarize and publish on key diagnostic and treatment methods; distill
Mark and Marcie Zinn are once again conducting assessments and producing elaborate reports to help patients!