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

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.

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Video: How to protect American healthcare

Housing Works is mobilizing people who want to fight for health care. Housing Works provided this webinar last month on how to protect and improve healthcare in the U.S. using a tactic called “bird-dogging.”

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NIH funding: What will this mean for ME/CFS research at Columbia's CII?

If the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) team is successful with its RFA application proposal, this funding would clearly help the institution to become a Collaborative Research Center, and would help to fund the analysis work involved in the Monster study – albeit slowly. If you’ve missed it, this study is not only about microbes and viruses; it was hugely expanded to include immunology, metabolomics, proteomics, genetics and epigentics.

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Letter to NIH: End the Insult

A person with ME for more than 38 years wrote this pointed letter to the National Institute of Health, calling its leaders to act with urgency and correct their gross neglect of people suffering with ME.

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

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.

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Living with a Spouse who has ME/CFS – webinar series

The Bateman Horne Center is honored to host a free, two-part discussion panel program: “Living with a Spouse Who has ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia.” Part 1 will feature husbands whose wives are ill and part 2 will feature wives whose husbands are ill in an open discussion about an often difficult subject.

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U.S.

U.S.: Join us for a training on bird-dogging with Paul Davis, National Advocacy Coordinator for Housing Works on Sunday,

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Epic Measures: How One Man Changed the World (and Possibly ME/CFS and FM As Well)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) have a long, long way to go before they get the attention and resources they deserve. It would take a heroic leap to quickly achieve what people with these diseases deserve and what the diseases themselves – given their economic costs / burdens they impose – should receive. So much needs to be done (funding, doctor education, drugs, other treatments) – and we’re coming from such a low place – that it seems almost impossible that it can be done in a reasonable amount of time. In fact, people do the impossible – make what seems at first to be inconceivable differences in one area or another – all the time. This blog is about a man who did that, and did so in a way that may directly help those with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia.

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ME/CFS Advocacy Down Under in 2016

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.

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Recent Tryptase Study Yields Potential ME/CFS Insight

From the Solve ME/CFS Initiative: We recently highlighted a paper published online on October 17, 2016 (doi: 10.1038/ng.3696) the journal Nature Genetics, one of the most rigorous publications in the field of genetics with tantalizing findings. The paper, titled “Elevated basal serum tryptase identifies a multisystem disorder associated with increased TPSAB1 copy number,” had two key features that could be potentially relevant to ME/CFS:

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21st Century Cures Act Passes House with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support

21st Century Cures Act Passes House with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support ME/CFS advocates have been eagerly awaiting passage of the 21st Century Cures Act since it was initially introduced in 2013, given it was originally written to increase NIH funding and fast-track research and treatment development. On Wednesday, November 30, a compromise bill with modified provisions from the original 21st Century Cures Act swept the House… READ MORE

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Ramsay Award Winners and Webinar with Dr. Zaher Nahle

Do you have questions about ME/CFS research? Two weeks from today, the last webinar of this year will be held on December 15th with Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA, vice president for research and scientific programs at Solve ME/CFS Initiative. Send your questions about upcoming research programs to [email protected] To sign up for the webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2743000415077341956

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Australian university must not ignore evidence-based science

Australia’s UNSW is trialling an education module treating chronic fatigue syndrome patients with graded exercise therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (GET/CBT), despite the evidence showing these therapies have no benefit and may cause permanent harm. Sign the petition!

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