Guest Blog: Dr. Lucinda Bateman on the Discussion Surrounding the IOM Report

Lucinda Bateman, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and management of unexplained chronic fatigue, ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. Having served on the IOM committee that produced the recent report, Beyond ME/CFS: Redefining an Illness, she brings an in-depth, well-informed opinion to the conversation surrounding the IOM report on ME/CFS, the new diagnostic criteria and the proposed name, Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). READ MORE…

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IOM Report Released – Recommends New Diagnostic Criteria, Calls for More Research, and Proposes New Disease Name

IOM Report Released – Recommends New Diagnostic Criteria, Calls for More Research, and Proposes New Disease Name. The report underscores the profound impact that ME/CFS has on the millions who suffer from it worldwide (est. 17 million) and the importance of getting people diagnosed; committee calls for more research funding. READ MORE…

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Research Digest – January 2015: High Interest in ME/CFS Shown in Journal Rankings

Deciphering PEM is a critically important area of research for ME/CFS. Despite the lack of gravity and specificity a term like “post exertional malaise” signifies, research into what it is and how to measure it is some of the most important research – and most popular. The Journal of Translational Medicine ranked two articles dealing with ME/CFS among its most highly accessed for 2014. LEARN MORE…

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Guest Blog: Armin Alaedini, PhD – The Search for Food Sensitivity Biomarkers in ME/CFS

Often those with ME/CFS experience gastrointestinal symptoms. Biomarkers of these symptoms could help to identify subtypes in ME/CFS. Dr. Armin Aledini is using samples from the SolveCFS BioBank™ to look for auto-antibodies against a range of dietary proteins. In this guest blog post he discusses Celiac disease, which is a commonly misdiagnosed condition with symptoms similar to ME/CFS. READ MORE…

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Deciphering Post-Exertional Malaise

On September 18, 2014, Dane B. Cook, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Solve ME/CFS Initiative 2011 funded investigator, presented our most popular webinar of the year on the system biology approach his team is taking to provide a clear picture as to what causes post-exertional malaise. In this guest post for our blog, Dr. Cook reviews the material presented and tackles the many questions we received from webinar participants.

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The Importance of a Representative Patient Population for Research

Being able to offer researchers access to ME/CFS patients with demographic and clinical characteristics that represent the full range of people affected with ME/CFS removes a significant hurdle all researchers face. With the SolveCFS BioBank™ we can make ME/CFS research more appealing and accessible. But how do we ensure our SolveCFS BioBank™ is representative of the entire patient population? READ MORE….

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Research Digest – October 2014: The Search for Diagnostic Certainty

Currently ME/CFS is defined by symptoms that are common in many other medical and psychiatric diseases. A lack of specific biomarkers and clear diagnostic criteria often leads to misdiagnosis and muddied research results. In this month’s Research Digest we review three different studies that seek to identify more specific biomarkers for ME/CFS. READ MORE…

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