Looking for an excuse to eat chocolate? Griffith Uni may give you one.

by Sasha Nimmo Australian researchers at Griffith University’s School of Medical Science and the National Centre for Neuroimmunology (NCNED) looked at 17 studies for evidence of diet modification and nutritional supplements helping people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Chocolate was one food studied. “Improvements in fatigue were observed for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydride (NADH), probiotics, … Continue reading Looking for an excuse to eat chocolate? Griffith Uni may give you one.

Australian trial of mitochondrial treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome

by Sasha Nimmo Melbourne scientists are testing a combination of mitochondrial supplements on 8 or 9 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda criteria). The 20-week study for patients with Fukuda chronic fatigue syndrome is open-label, so patients are aware they are receiving the treatment and there is no placebo group.  Participants take the capsules daily, as well as medical … Continue reading Australian trial of mitochondrial treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome

University of NSW tests graded activity program on mild chronic fatigue syndrome patients

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's University of NSW's Psychiatry Department tested a graded activity program on 25 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, despite the evidence of harm. Before the study, patients could complete around 4 hours of 'moderate intensity exercise' a week (self-reported) which is an unusually high amount for CFS patients. Exercise was not measured or recorded at … Continue reading University of NSW tests graded activity program on mild chronic fatigue syndrome patients

Facts and figures on M.E. in Australia

by Sasha Nimmo Up to 240,000 Australians have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. ME may be mild, moderate or severe. More than 25% of people affected are housebound or bedbound, and research shows that people with severe ME have a quality of life similar to those with cancer and late-stage AIDS. Worsening of symptoms can be sudden and permanent. One … Continue reading Facts and figures on M.E. in Australia

UK study refuses to release data: PACE trial

by Sasha Nimmo Large controversial UK study refusing to release data: PACE trial The authors of a £5 million trial into cognitive behavior therapy and graded exercise therapy again refused to release the data to scientists who wanted to examine it. The Queen Mary University of London believe it to be exempt from Freedom of … Continue reading UK study refuses to release data: PACE trial