Thursday, 8 September 2016

Welfare is being weaponised against the disabled, says Green Party co-leader

This is 2016. It could have been 1916. Disabled people are becoming prisoners in their own homes, because of an entirely unnecessary and pernicious ideological assault on our welfare state. People are suffering and, in the most horrifying of cases, dying after the support that they once relied upon is being removed through sanctions and draconian cuts at both the national and local level. They are being certified as ‘fit for work’ when they clearly aren’t. This government is weaponising welfare against those least able to defend themselves.

Welfare is being weaponised against the disabled, says Green Party co-leader

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Chronic fatigue syndrome could be the body trying to hibernate

US scientists have found a chemical signature of the disease in the blood of sufferers. They claim that it is similar to a state found in nematode worms called dauer. In this state, the metabolism adjusts to a difficult environment by slowing down — enabling existence, but not much more."

Chronic fatigue syndrome could be the body trying to hibernate

Friday, 2 September 2016

Pain Awareness Month: What People With Chronic Pain Want You to Learn

September is Pain Awareness Month, a time for people with chronic pain conditions to inform their communities, medical professionals and government leaders of the challenges that affect their health and well-being. With conversations about access to medical marijuana and opioids heating up this election season, raising awareness this month counts more than ever.

Pain Awareness Month: What People With Chronic Pain Want You to Learn

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Researchers Identify Characteristic Chemical Signature for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious and maddening condition, with no cure or known cause. But researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, using a variety of techniques to identify and assess targeted metabolites in blood plasma, have identified a characteristic chemical signature for the debilitating ailment and an unexpected underlying biology: It is similar to the state of dauer, and other hypometabolic syndromes like caloric restriction, diapause and hibernation. 

Researchers Identify Characteristic Chemical Signature for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Metabolic features of chronic fatigue syndrome (Via here and here)

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Could you have a wheat sensitivity? Biomarkers found for the first time

Wheat field

A wheat sensitivity is not fun. The condition is associated with nasty gut symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain or diarrhoea – plus other things like fatigue, headache, anxiety, memory or cognitive disturbances, and leg or arm numbness.

There’s no cure for it, other than avoiding wheat.

The problem is diagnosis. Because currently there isn’t a medical test telling you exactly whether you have a wheat sensitivity or not.

But things are changing…

Could you have a wheat sensitivity? Biomarkers found for the first time

Excess weight linked to eight more cancer types

Excess weight linked to eight more cancer types

There's yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight as we age. An international team of researchers has identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity: stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, meningioma (a type of brain tumor), thyroid cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

Excess weight linked to eight more cancer types

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Lipkin’s Monster ME/CFS Study: Microbes, Immunity & Big Data

Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity(CII) has seriously upped the ante on the initial microbe discovery project in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Their impressive, rigorous new study could point the way to diagnostic tests, and even treatments – but first they need the funds to complete the work.

Lipkin’s Monster ME/CFS Study: Microbes, Immunity & Big Data

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: tribunal orders data from controversial trial to be released

A tribunal has ruled that data from a controversial £5m treatment trial into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) must be released, rejecting an appeal from the university that had carried out the study.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: tribunal orders data from controversial trial to be released

Friday, 19 August 2016

Federal Report Says There's (Almost) No Evidence CBT/GET Work in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

Hopefully the AHRQ’s reanalysis will help the blunt the emphasis given to CBT/GET in this field. What this field really, really, really needs,though, is to end the dominance of European government funded behavior based trials. No two entities should be able, simply by pouring money into a field, to dictate its treatment options, but that’s essentially what’s happened in ME/CFS.

Federal Report Says There's (Almost) No Evidence CBT/GET Work in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

Monday, 8 August 2016

August 8th, 2016: Understanding and Remembrance Day for Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

August 8th, 2016 is Understanding and Remembrance Day for Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, an important day in the ME community. It’s a day that is intended to bring attention to those whose voices are the most quiet, whose presence is so easily overlooked.

August 8th, 2016: Understanding and Remembrance Day for Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
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