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

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

Draft for Public Consultation - report to the NHMRC CEO

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

Molecules may convert acute infection into ME

cover of Metabolic Brain Disease Journal, gold, blue and image of brain

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

Difference between Australian chronic fatigue syndrome guidelines and ME

By Sasha Nimmo Australians are having their concerns dismissed by GPs, receiving harmful medical advice, refused insurance claims, refused access to support services, denied access to the Disability Support Pension and the National Disability Insurance scheme. In tens of thousands of cases, they are misdiagnosed or wait decades for a diagnosis. Read these excerpts from … Continue reading Difference between Australian chronic fatigue syndrome guidelines and ME

Emerge Australia given $370,000 government grant

From left: Maria (volunteer), Nola (Emerge's committee of management), Kevin (volunteer), Naomi (Emerge's project officer), John (Emerge's Ambassador) and Sally (Emerge's President) standing in a pub

by Sasha Nimmo Emerge Australia has been given $370,000 by the federal government in a grant for a research symposium, health and well-being surveys and to support people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome. "We're really focusing on developing and delivering a lot of high quality support services as a result of this funding. We … Continue reading Emerge Australia given $370,000 government grant

Impaired intracellular calcium transfer affecting Natural Killer cells in ME

Bar graphs representing TRPM3 current amplitude at + 100 mV after stimulation with 100 μΜ PregS in CFS/ME patients at just over 5. Healthy controls at around 12.5

by Sasha Nimmo Australian scientists at the National Centre for Neuroimmunlogy and Emerging Diseases at Griffith University published a new paper on reduced intracellular calcium mobilisation in Natural Killer (NK) immune cells and Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 3 (TRPM3) cation channels. Authors say it 'could suggest potential therapeutic targets and/or prognostic markers'. 'Loss of Transient Receptor … Continue reading Impaired intracellular calcium transfer affecting Natural Killer cells in ME

Friends in Australia’s parliament for people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

Parliament House Canberra at dusk

by Sasha Nimmo Three senators have formed a Parliamentary Friends of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) group in Australia's federal parliament. The Parliamentary Friendship group is co-chaired by Western Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John,  Tasmanian Liberal Senator Jonathan Duniam and Queensland Labor Senator Claire Moore. This group will provide a forum for … Continue reading Friends in Australia’s parliament for people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome