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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 28 April 2017

From Microbiome (open access), 26 April 2017. Fecal metagenomic profiles in subgroups of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome Dorottya Nagy-Szakal(1)†, Brent L. Williams(1)†, Nischay Mishra(1), Xiaoyu Che(1), Bohyun Lee(1), Lucinda Bateman(2), Nancy G. Klimas(3,4), Anthony L. Komaroff(5), Susan Levine(6), Jose G. Montoya, Daniel L. Peterson(7),…

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Fourth annual conference of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative | Bristol, 13-14 September 2017

Experts in neurovirology, imaging and orthostatic intolerance will take the lead for the fourth annual UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) conference, being held in Bristol in September. Established in 2013,…

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‘Gut bacteria linked to chronic fatigue’ (full article and link to published study) | The Times | 26 April 2017

From The Times, 26 April 2017. Story by Tim Whipple, Science Editor. Chronic fatigue syndrome has been linked to changes in the gut’s bacteria in the latest research showing that…

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Forward-ME Group | ‘Vital that the new WHO classification continues to provide a bulwark against medical mismanagement of M.E.’ | 21 April 2017

The Forward ME-Group has responded to the latest proposals to update the classification of M.E. and CFS in the World Health Organisation’s next version of the International Classification of Diseases…

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 21 April 2017

From BMC Medical Genomics (open access), 23 February 2017. Epigenetic modifications and glucocorticoid sensitivity in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Wilfred C. de Vega(1,2), Santiago Herrera(1), Suzanne D. Vernon(3) and Patrick O. McGowan(1, 2, 4, 5) 1….

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Ninth edition of our clinical and research masterwork now available | 19 April 2017

We’d like to send free copies to your GP or healthcare professional. Email their names and addresses to admin@meassociation.org.uk

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Scottish student’s short M.E. film to compete for Cannes festival prize | 14 April 2017

Our medical adviser, Dr Charles Shepherd, has been interviewed for a Sky News report about this film later this evening.

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 14 April 2017

From BMC Medical Genomics (open access), 23 February 2017. Epigenetic modifications and glucocorticoid sensitivity in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Wilfred C. de Vega(1,2), Santiago Herrera(1), Suzanne D. Vernon(3) and Patrick O. McGowan(1,2,4,5) 1. Department of Biological…

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Five years after going down with M.E., Sophie’s on top of the world (well, England’s highest peak) | 13 April 2017

Sophie Atkinson (right) – her walk up Scafell Pike was the stuff that M.E. dreams are made of!

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‘It’s time for an independent review of the PACE Trial methods and results’ | Dr Charles Shepherd, Journal of Health Psychology | 10 April 2017

Publication of different perspectives about the PACE Trial continues apace in the Journal of Health Psychology – with a contribution from ME Association medical adviser Dr Charles Shepherd appearing yesterday….

Draft Minutes of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative Executive Board Meeting |21 March 2017

Present: Stephen Holgate (SH) Esther Crawley (EC) Mark Edwards – EMIG (ME) Mike Dalrymple (MRCT) Sonya Chowdhury (SC) Gabrielle Murphy (GM) Charles Shepherd (CS) Ed Sykes (ES) Jan McKendrick (JM)…

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 7 April 2017

From Translational Psychiatry (open access), 4 April 2017. Immune network analysis of cerebrospinal fluid in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome with atypical and classical presentations M Hornig(1,2), C G Gottschalk(3), M L Eddy(1), X Che(1),…

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UK ME/CFS Biobank clears first hurdle in major bid to secure outside funding | 4 April 2017

Pictured: staff at the UK ME/CFS Biobank, led by Dr Luis Nacul, a public health specialist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Why are we asking about the thyroid gland and thyroid function tests in our ‘Quick Survey’ this month | 1 April 2017

We are asking these questions because: * Some of the symptoms of low thyroid function/hypothyroidism overlap with ME/CFS – so this is a condition that MUST be excluded before a…

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 31 March 2017

From Pain Physician (open access). March/April 2017. This study is funded by the MEA Ramsay Research Fund. We commented on it HERE. The Role of Autonomic Function in Exercise-induced Endogenous…

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MEA Ramsay Research Fund | Further results from study into the role of the autonomic nervous system and the cause of pain in ME/CFS | 29 March 2017

One of the most consistent neurological abnormalities to be reported in ME/CFS involves what is called the autonomic nervous system (ANS). This is a part of the nervous system that…

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Latest update from the MEGA project and the Patient Advisory Group | 29 March 2017

From the website of the ME/CFS Epidemiology and Genomics Alliance, 29 March 2017. Blog by Sonya Chowdhury. Note from MEA medical adviser Dr Charles Shepherd: I am not a member…

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PACE trial commentaries in the ‘Journal of Health Psychology’ made open access – thanks to the MEA! | 29 March 2017

People wanting to read a new and wide-ranging collection of critiques about the PACE Trial are no longer banging their heads against an academic journal’s paywall. That’s because – thanks…

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Biological underpinnings of chronic fatigue syndrome begin to emerge | Nature | 28 March 2017

Dr Ronald Davis holds the printed circuit he and his team developed to test for chronic fatigue syndrome.

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 24 March 2017

From BMC Medical Genetics (open access), 16 March 2017 Clinically proven mtDNA mutations are not common in those with chronic fatigue syndrome Elizna M. Schoeman (1, ^), Francois H. Van Der Westhuizen (2,…