Australia’s medical research council promises ‘serious exploration’ of research for ME within months

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says it plans to spend $3-5 million dollars over three to five years on funding targeted research into ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and chronic fatigue syndrome. This would be a huge increase, as the NHMRC have not funded a study since 2005. The NHRMC said it … Continue reading Australia’s medical research council promises ‘serious exploration’ of research for ME within months

Meet the Scientists: Dr Neil McGregor

Dr Neil R McGregor (PhD)

by Sasha Nimmo ‘Meet the Scientists’ is a series, interviewing researchers working on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome. We hear about current research directly from scientists and meet the people doing such important work to improve our health. The series will introduce early career researchers through to interviewing scientists and clinicians who have been working on the … Continue reading Meet the Scientists: Dr Neil McGregor

Study says scientists must agree on classifying patients

by Sasha Nimmo A recent paper begins “there has been considerable controversy regarding how to name and define the illnesses known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).”  ‘Case definitions integrating empiric and consensus perspectives‘ by Jason, McManimen Sunnquist, Brown, Furst, Newton & Strand was published in Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health and Behaviour. ‘Empiric’ means … Continue reading Study says scientists must agree on classifying patients

Norwegian researchers ask ‘What exactly is M.E.?’

by Sasha Nimmo Norwegian researchers asked ‘What exactly is myalgic encephalomyelitis?’ and found it is not the same as chronic fatigue syndrome. Broad criteria results in misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment. Researchers need narrower criteria to develop effective treatments. Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a “reasonably well-defined disorder with distinct clinical characteristics”, according to research published in October … Continue reading Norwegian researchers ask ‘What exactly is M.E.?’

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (USA) recommendations

by Sasha Nimmo USA’s Advisory Committee wants bigger research aimed at finding diagnostic tests, using Canadian Consensus Criteria and private-public partnerships to find drug treatments.  In August 2015, the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) made recommendations to the United States government in its role advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  It met to summarise the recommendations … Continue reading Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (USA) recommendations