Research Council expects to fund ME and CFS projects in 2020

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by Sasha Nimmo Outcomes on the remaining recommendations from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ME and CFS advisory committee are expected to be announced in mid-2019. Prof Anne Kelso CEO NHMRC, is deciding whether to release the report ahead of the announcements. "The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee Report to the NHMRC Chief … Continue reading Research Council expects to fund ME and CFS projects in 2020

Severe ME: I had to fight the people supposed to help me

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by Sam* Sam (*not her real name) is a teenager living in Australia's largest city without access to treatment to help her. Sam was prescribed graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) repeatedly. After doing GET, Sam became housebound. Sam now has very severe ME and says even having a person enter the … Continue reading Severe ME: I had to fight the people supposed to help me

Greens announce ME and CFS policy

by Sasha Nimmo Senator Jordon Steele-John this week announced the Australian Greens' policy on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), planning to commit $15 million to biomedical research, a national summit, better access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and money for advocacy organisations. This policy is welcomed by the ME and CFS … Continue reading Greens announce ME and CFS policy

Australian government announces $3 million for medical research

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's Health Minister, Greg Hunt, announced $3 million in medical research funding. In 2018-19 the government will spend $6 billion on Australia’s health and medical research sector. The Minister said funding will 'help researchers develop a better understanding of the cause and condition of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)'. This comes after … Continue reading Australian government announces $3 million for medical research

Draft report wrongly claims 99% recover from chronic fatigue syndrome and ME

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By Sasha Nimmo and ME Australia Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) called for feedback on their advisory committee's draft report at the end of 2018. The report contained misleading errors, stating 99% of people recover (except in cases lasting more than seven years, the report claims the recovery rate is 50-80%). This … Continue reading Draft report wrongly claims 99% recover from chronic fatigue syndrome and ME

Children with chronic fatigue syndrome often wait more than a year for diagnosis

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by Sasha Nimmo Researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne confirmed that paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda criteria) causes significant disability and little is known about how common the condition is or how it is currently managed in Australia. More than half of children have to wait a year or longer before receiving … Continue reading Children with chronic fatigue syndrome often wait more than a year for diagnosis

Molecules may convert acute infection into ME

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by Sasha Nimmo A paper published in Metabolic Brain Disease by Morris, Maes, Burk and Puri suggests Myalgic Encephalomyelitis develops because of genes responsible for immune responses. Their paper discusses how molecules may convert an acute infection into a state of escalating chronic systemic inflammation. Morris and Maes have written extensively about chronic fatigue syndrome … Continue reading Molecules may convert acute infection into ME

Australia hosts research symposium on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

by Sasha Nimmo Emerge Australia is hosting an international research symposium on the biological basis, diagnosis, treatment and managment of Myalgic Encephalomylitis and chronic fatigue syndrome in Geelong (near Melbourne), Australia. Parts of the symposium will be live-streamed here. On Wednesday 13 March, Griffith University's Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Donald Staines will chair a … Continue reading Australia hosts research symposium on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome