Research Library Portal

P2P Draft Evidence Review

October 20, 2014

The Pathway to Prevention draft evidence review has been released. Can a process that seems inappropriate for ME/CFS help inform a path forward? SMCI has utilized the collective brainpower of our Research Advisory Council, led by our scientific director, Suzanne D Vernon, PhD, to perform a careful review and response to the Evidence-Based Practice Centers’ draft evidence-based review for ME/CFS. READ MORE…

Research Digest – September 2014: Cortisol in ME/CFS

September 15, 2014

Cortisol is an essential hormone for immune function and many studies have shown that cortisol is low in ME/CFS patients – known as hypocortisolism. In this month’s research digest, we review three studies that look at the effect of cortisol on function and post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS…

Guest Blog: Dr. Peter Rowe – Is The Physical Examination Normal in CFS? Part 1

September 5, 2014

The first in a series of blog posts from Dr. Peter Rowe of Johns Hopkins University entitled “Is the physical exam in CFS normal?” Read Part 1 of the series – We are certain that this information will be of great value to both you and your doctor and will clearly illustrate the value of a true physical examination in ME/CFS.

Research Digest – August 2014: More Results from the SolveCFS BioBank

August 22, 2014

More results from the work being done through the SolveCFS BioBank: We are pleased to report the publication of the initial BioBank study on XMRV and the publication of the first study of epigenetics in ME/CFS. Both used the clinical information and samples from the SolveCFS BioBank that were collected in 2010. READ MORE…

Guest Blog: Roger Dodd, PhD – Retrovirus Testing in Retrospect

August 21, 2014

In response to some lingering questions we recently received from patients concerning a positive test result for XMRV, Roger Dodd, PhD, Vice President of Biomedical Services Research and Development at the American Red Cross, provides this guest post on retrovirus testing and why ME/CFS patients need not be concerned with a positive XMRV test result…

Breaking News: Chemical Changes in Immune Cell DNA from ME/CFS Patients

August 12, 2014

Breaking News: Research conducted in partnership with and funded by the Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) was published today in the high impact and open access journal PLOS ONE. We are pleased to announce the first study to report epigenetic modifications throughout the genome in female ME/CFS patients compared to a matched sample of healthy controls. READ MORE…

Research Digest – July 2014: Define & Diagnose

July 16, 2014

In order for patients to be diagnosed, a disease must be defined. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is currently defined by excluding other medical and psychiatric diseases that explain the symptoms. This month we highlight three recent publications tackling the “core” components of ME/CFS that are important to defining and diagnosing the disease. READ MORE…

Breaking Down the Complexities of ME/CFS – Part 3

July 9, 2014

Modern day, patient-driven research has the potential to be used as meaningful evidence as larger sets of data are gathered. With the advent of personal tracking and monitoring devices, you now have tremendous resources to track your own data and help us break down the complexities of ME/CFS. Read more…