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ME/CFS SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC

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SOCIETY SEMINARS FOR 2020
Annual General Meeting
Date: 26 September 2020
Time: 2 PM
Seminar Topic: Dr Anne Steinemann discussing MCS
Venue: Online (via Zoom)
 
 

ME/CFS Diagnostic Criteria and Guidelines

www ME: International Consensus Criteria
(Journal of Internal Medicine, Aug 2011)
PDF

For GPs:
ME/CFS Primer for Clinical Practioners - 2014 Edition

PDF

ME/CFS Guidelines for GPs
(SA Department of Health)

PDF

ME/CFS Guidelines for psychiatrists

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ME/CFS: A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners
– An Overview of the Canadian Consensus Document
(2005)

  Note: See here for an overview on the Canadian Consensus Criteria for Fibromyalgia (PDF, 1.70 MB)
 
 
Australian ME/CFS Societies
AUSTRALIA
ME/CFS Australia Ltd.
Web: mecfs.org.au
Email: mecfsaustralia@gmail.com
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
ACT ME/CFS Society, Inc
Address: PO Box 717, Mawson ACT 2607
Phone: (02) 6290 1984
Fax: (02) 6290 4475
Web: www.mecfscanberra.org.au
Email: mecfsadmin@shout.org.au
NEW SOUTH WALES
ME/CFS & FM Association NSW
Web: www.mecfsnsw.org
Facebook: ME/CFS & FM NSW Support Group
Facebook: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome NSW
QUEENSLAND
ME/CFS/FM Support Association Qld Inc
Address: c/o Mission Department, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: (07) 4632 8173
Web: www.mecfsfmq.org.au
Email: mefmtba@bigpond.com
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
ME/CFS South Australia Inc
PO Box 322,
Modbury North,
South Australia 5092
Support line: 1300 128 339
Web: www.sacfs.asn.au
Email: sacfs@sacfs.asn.au
VIC/TAS/NT
Emerge Australia
Web: emerge.org.au
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The ME/CFS Society of WA (Inc)
Address: The Centre for Neurological Support, The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands, Perth WA 6009
Phone: (08) 9346 7477
Fax: (08) 9346 7534
Web: www.mecfswa.org.au
Email: info@mecfswa.org.au

 

How People With Chronic Pain Feel About The 'No Painkillers' Approach

International news

Sunday 9 August 2020

 

From HuffPost:

 

Jennifer Brough
Jennifer Brough
(Photo: Supplied)
 

How People With Chronic Pain Feel About The 'No Painkillers' Approach

New draft guidance advises against painkillers for chronic primary pain. Here's what those who live with it have to say.

By Natasha Hinde
August 6, 2020
Part of HuffPost Lifestyle. ©2020 Verizon Media. All rights reserved.

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“Honestly, I wouldn’t function without pain medication,” says Jennifer Brough, 30, who lives with fibromyalgia and endometriosis, two conditions that have “radically” altered her life since she was diagnosed.

Brough is concerned about new draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that suggests painkillers – paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and opioids – should not be prescribed to treat chronic primary pain (CPP), citing evidence they can cause harm, including addiction.

“While I am reticent to take painkillers often, when I have incapacitating flare-ups, medication provides the necessary respite I need to function,” she says.

Chronic primary pain refers to chronic pain as a disease in itself, according to NICE. It includes issues such as chronic musculoskeletal pain, as well as chronic pelvic pain and fibromyalgia. In contrast, chronic secondary pain is where the pain is a symptom of an underlying condition.

The draft guidance suggests there’s “little or no evidence” the commonly used drugs for chronic primary pain make any difference to people’s quality of life, pain or psychological distress. But Brough disagrees. “To suggest painkillers aren’t effective solutions for managing pain is an oversimplification of the issue,” says the editor and writer from Croydon.

While the guidelines indicate some concern around the long-term impacts of taking pain medication, such as addiction, Brough believes removing this as a treatment option “will dramatically affect the physical and psychological wellbeing of vast numbers of the population”.

 

Full article...

 
 
 

Online Wellbeing Survey For Chronically Ill Young People

South Australian news

Sunday 9 August 2020

 

From UPLIFT (via ME/CFS South Australia on Facebook):

 

Survey
 

Online Wellbeing Survey For Chronically Ill Young People

7 March 2020

If you are a 16-25 year old Australian and living with a diagnosed chronic illness, researchers from Telethon Kids Institute and Curtin University want to hear from you.

Participate in an online survey about wellbeing or take part in a study of an online program that will help you build skills to be kinder to yourself. You will receive a voucher for taking part.

The online intervention and wellbeing surveys for young people with chronic conditions are both open for recruitment. Conditions include, e.g. asthma, allergy, arthritis, burns, cancer, diabetes, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, pots syndrome, IBC/crohns/ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis.

Trial of online wellbeing program: https://upliftproject.com.au/…/online-self-compassion-train…

Online wellbeing survey: https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kdlJL9dgH7kqDb

www.upliftproject.com.au
#TelethonKids #MEcfsResearch

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UPLIFT Online Well-Being Program for Young People with Chronic Illness

In this project we want to find out whether an online program improves wellbeing for teens and young adults with a chronic physical illness. If you complete all of the surveys in this study, you will receive two $20 vouchers (your choice of JBHifi or BigW).

Living with an ongoing illness can be very hard. The UPLIFT program provides strategies that people can use to cope with some of these challenges and develop resilience. By participating in this research, you will help us to understand whether this program is helpful for young people with a chronic illness.

We are inviting you to take part in this study if you are:

Aged 16-25 years
Live in Australia
Currently have a diagnosed chronic physical illness, or are in remission

 

Begin the survey…

 
 
 

Petition: #NotEnoughForME

International news

Sunday 9 August 2020

 

From ME Action:

 

#NotEnoughForME
 

#NotEnoughForME

© 2019 The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Action Network, All Right Reserved.

Join with #MEAction, and tell the NIH Institute Director, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, that his “plan” for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is NOT ENOUGH.

This plan is not funded enough, not outcomes-focused enough and not urgent enough for a disease that has been neglected, stigmatized, and misdirected for over 30 years! We cannot wait several more decades to start the work. The NIH must allocate resources NOW to accelerate research!

#MEAction has sent the following letter to Dr. Koroshetz calling on him to take these five actions now:

  1. Provide set-aside funding for ME to accelerate research

  2. Organize meeting of ME experts to reach consensus on patient selection methods and criteria

  3. Fund the identification and validation of biomarkers

  4. Fund a clinical trials network and treatment trials

  5. Address disease stigma and lack of clinicians impeding research

 

Full petition…

 
 
 

Donate To SAHMRI

South Australian news

Sunday 9 August 2020

 

From the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI):

 

SAHMRI
 

Donate To SAHMRI

Your support can help improve the lives of people suffering with ME/CFS

Can You Help?

Can you imagine living every day where every system in the body is affected so that you become housebound or bedridden?

On Sunday, 12 May the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) joined a global day of action campaign to raise awareness and funding for Dr Michael Musker's research studies in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

Your generous donation today will transform the lives of over 100,000 Australians living with this debilitating disease.

"We aim to complete meaningful clinical research projects in collaboration with the ME/CFS community that will enhance the scientific knowledge, developing evidence that can grow over time, and be shared through publication enhancing the international research in this space. It is our vision to promote evidence of biological changes in those who are suffering from ME/CFS at different stages of wellness. Informing diagnostic intelligence and enhancing biological exploration of ME/CFS."
– Dr Mike Musker.

 

Donate now…

 
 
 

COVID-19 Patients Could Be At Risk For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: 'Your Whole Life Can Change If You Get This'

International news

Saturday 8 August 2020

 

From US newspaper the Chicago Tribune:

 

Sanna Stella
Sanna Stella outside at her home July 7, 2020, in Oak Park.
(Photo: Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)
 

COVID-19 patients could be at risk for chronic fatigue syndrome: ‘Your whole life can change if you get this’

By Darcel Rockett
July 20, 2020
Copyright © 2020, Chicago Tribune.

As the world continues to watch the number of COVID-19 cases increase (and daily records being broken), patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis, aka chronic fatigue syndrome, want to tell those recovering from coronavirus to listen up.

COVID-19 patients may be at risk of developing the neuroimmune condition ME/CFS that depletes one’s energy. ME/CFS, which leaves 75% of those affected unable to work and 25% homebound or bedridden, impacts 15 million to 30 million people worldwide, and symptoms may be triggered by an infection, according to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says some diagnosed with coronavirus are showing symptoms that resemble those seen in ME/CFS patients.

“The ME/CFS community is saying 80% of us had some sort of virus and that went away, and we’re still stuck with all of these symptoms,” said Sanna Stella, an Oak Park resident who was diagnosed with ME/CFS. “If you’re a patient, you really have to listen to your body and not all those ‘shoulds’ we tell ourselves. ... Because if you keep pushing, for some of these patients, it really will make things a lot worse.”

 

Full article...

 
 
 

Chronic Illness Manifesto Survey

International news

Saturday 8 August 2020

 

From the UK's Chronic Illness Inclusion Project:

 

Chronic Illness Inclusion Project
 

Chronic Illness manifesto survey

About this survey

This is our first major survey capturing the experiences and views of people living with chronic illness. This is an opportunity to stand up (or lie down) and be counted and have your voice heard. Your responses will inform our chronic illness manifesto for change.

This survey is open to anyone with a long-term health condition or impairment that restricts their day to day life.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. You can complete it in stages, coming back to where you left off. Please take breaks when you need to. We appreciate the effort surveys like this can take, and your answers are incredibly valuable. The more responses we get, the stronger our case for change.

The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project is a research project led by people with chronic illness and supported by the Centre for Welfare Reform. It is part of the DRILL programme of disability research and is funded by Big Lottery Fund. Find out more about DRILL here.

 

Begin the survey here…

 
 
 

WCOVID-19 Could Lead To 'Explosion' In Tapanui Flu Cases

International news

Friday 7 August 2020

 

From New Zealand newspaper the Star News:

 

Test tubes
 

Covid-19 could lead to 'explosion' in Tapanui flu cases

3 August 2020
© Copyright Star Media Network 2019. All rights reserved.

In a cruel twist, many Covid-19 survivors could be affected by a once-obscure chronic fatigue condition, initially termed the Tapanui flu, and whose existence was once ridiculed and denied.

Emeritus Prof Warren Tate (73), of the University of Otago biochemistry department, officially retired recently but is continuing his molecular-level research into the condition at the university.

This condition is now called myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

People with this disabling illness often cannot undertake their usual activities and "at times may be confined to bed and experience overwhelming fatigue that is not improved by rest", the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

Some overseas medical commentators have suggested Covid-19 could also result in "an explosion of ME/CFS cases", and Prof Tate said this could affect up to 20% of overall Covid-19 survivors.

 

Full article...

 
 
 

Two South Australian ME/CFS Surveys

South Australian news

Thursday 6 August 2020

 

From researcher Amy Hill:

 

Survey
 

To whom this may concern,

My name is Amy Hill, a year 11 student.

I am currently doing my SACE Research Project on ME/CFS, and have written two surveys.

They are designed to take less than 10 minutes each.

 

Survey 1 (for ME/CFS sufferers):
Functionality and Lifestyle of ME/CFS sufferers

Survey 1 is only for people clinically diagnosed with ME/CFS.

You may have Fibromyalgia as well, but not Fibromyalgia only.

The link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBHNXWQ

 

Survey 2 (for ME/CFS carers):
Lifestyle of ME/CFS carers

Survey 2 is for carers and family of ME/CFS sufferers.

The link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M5D7YYZ

 

I appreciate your time.

Kind Regards,

Amy

 
 
 

Mapping Of Pathological Change In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Using The Ratio Of T1- And T2-Weighted MRI Scans

International news

Thursday 6 August 2020

 

From the medical journal NeuroImage: Clinical (via ScienceDirect):

 

MRI scans
 

Mapping of pathological change in chronic fatigue syndrome using the ratio of T1- and T2-weighted MRI scans

Kiran Thapaliya
Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik
Don Staines
Leighton Barnden
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2020.102366
Available online 31 July 2020, 102366
Under a Creative Commons license.
Copyright © 2020 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors.
ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V.

Highlights

  • We showed increased T1w/T2w in ME/CFS in contrast to other neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Higher T1w/T2w occurred in basal ganglia and white matter tracts.
  • Increased T1w/T2w indicates increased myelin and/or iron levels.
  • T1w/T2w regressions vs clinical measures were abnormal in cingulate cortex and white matter foci.

Abstract

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) subjects suffer from a variety of cognitive complaints indicating that the central nervous system plays a role in its pathophysiology.

Recently, the ratio T1w/T2w has been used to study changes in tissue myelin and/or iron levels in neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.

In this study, we applied the T1w/T2w method to detect changes in tissue microstructure in ME/CFS patients relative to healthy controls. We mapped the T1w/T2w signal intensity values in the whole brain for forty-five ME/CFS patients who met Fukuda criteria and twenty-seven healthy controls and applied both region- and voxel-based quantification. We also performed interaction-with-group regressions with clinical measures to test for T1w/T2w relationships that are abnormal in ME/CFS at the population level.

Region-based analysis showed significantly elevated T1w/T2w values (increased myelin and/or iron) in ME/CFS in both white matter (WM) and subcortical grey matter. The voxel-based group comparison with sub-millimetre resolution voxels detected very significant clusters with increased T1w/T2w in ME/CFS, mostly in subcortical grey matter, but also in brainstem and projection WM tracts. No areas with decreased T1w/T2w were found in either analysis. ME/CFS T1w/T2w regressions with heart-rate variability, cognitive performance, respiration rate and physical well-being were abnormal in both gray and white matter foci.

Our study demonstrates that the T1w/T2w approach is very sensitive and shows increases in myelin and/or iron in WM and basal ganglia in ME/CFS.

 

Full article...

 
 
 

Survey: Making The Invisible Visible

South Australian news

Thursday 6 August 2020

 

Flinders University / Caring Futures Institute
 

Making the invisible visible: investigating the views and experiences of frail, homebound and bedridden people

Download this document:
Making the Invisible Visible (PDF, 124 KB)
Making the Invisible Visible (DOCX, 65 KB)

Before COVID-19, some members of our Australian community have been living with several health issues that do not allow them to leave their houses or their beds. They have reported the existence of many problems when trying to access care and the medical system. They argue that many other services and opportunities easily provided to other Australians have been extremely difficult to access for them: “I feel like we're just invisible. Like this problem isn't even on anybody's radar because nobody knows we exist.” - Ricky Buchanan.

Ricky Buchanan is the author of the report “Just Invisible: Medical Access Issues for Homebound/Bedridden Persons”. This report was a catalyst for developing and funding this Caring Futures Institute (CFI) research project: ‘Making the invisible visible: investigating the views and experiences of frail, homebound and bedridden people’. The CFI study is investigating consumers’ lived experiences and insights about the above-mentioned issues, as well as documenting potential healthcare disparities, social exclusion, and marginalisation. ‘Making the invisible visible’ is an important first step to tackle these types of reported problems:

• Reduction in overall health (frailty and increase in morbidity and mortality).
• Inability to recover from minor injuries or illnesses.
• Social isolation – “life becomes smaller”.
• Mental health decline.
• Episodic conditions feeding a health deterioration cycle.
• Diminished capacity to reach out to people, to work, to study, to participate in community and family life.

Dr Maria Alejandra Pinero de Plaza is the lead investigator of this project, which involves a multidisciplinary group of investigators: Dr Michael Lawless, Dr Mandy Archibald, Ms Penelope McMillan, Ms Alexandra Mudd, and Professor Alison Kitson. Ms Penelope McMillan (Chair, ME/CFS South Australia and a Director of ME/CFS Australia) is involved in this study as a consumer co-researcher, at peer level with the Flinders researchers. She shares an interest in further describing this population; particularly, those who are living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (includes CFS, ME or ME/CFS diagnoses), which has been defined as a severe, complex, acquired illness with numerous symptoms related mainly to the dysfunction of the brain, gastrointestinal, immune, endocrine and cardiac systems. It impacts the mobility, frailty levels and healthy aging of many Australians.

Identifying the circumstances and experiences that this self-described invisible population is facing is important. Researchers from the CFI believe that working in collaboration with people from these communities will create avenues to respond to their needs with evidence-based and innovative consumer-centred solutions.

An online survey is available for one month, from this article’s publication, to capture people’s views and experiences in relation to the topic:

https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_8qW69nZrlqsdviB

The survey is exploring the different social and health issues that people, particularly those who are frail, homebound, and bedridden, are experiencing in Australia.

The survey will give homebound and bedridden participants the opportunity to provide a photograph of something that represents their lived experience alongside a written description.

This information will be used to create a fully anonymous socio-scientific exhibition of posters to be rotated within different museums, social and community locations. The exhibition will be also be posted in an online gallery on the ME/CFS South Australia website and the CFI. Dr Pinero de Plaza was awarded a CFI accelerator grant to undertake this project and translate the findings of this study into a socio-scientific exhibition (posters), which will present better evidence of what it means to be frail and/or eventually become a homebound or bedridden person in Australia.

 

The survey…

 
 
 

Sussex ME Sufferer: 'I Had To Give Up My Business'

International news

Wednesday 5 August 2020

 

From UK newspaper The Argus:

 

Colin Barton
Colin Barton
 

Sussex ME sufferer: 'I had to give up my business'

By Kim Mayo
19 July, 2020
©Copyright 2001-2020.

Concerns have been raised some Covid-19 patients could develop chronic fatigue syndrome in the long term if their recovery is not properly managed. Sussex ME Society chairman Colin Barton talks about his experiences with the condition.

BEFORE I became ill I used to manage a number of clubs and bars in Brighton and led a full and active life.

I became very ill in 1981 due to a mix of a viral illness and stress when I was running my own successful hotel business that I had to give up due to the physical and mental symptoms of the illness that often rendered me bedbound and in need of care. I well remember having to be helped around by our elderly housekeeper.

It took six years before I received the correct medical diagnosis after viewing the author and former yachtswoman Clare Francis interviewed on TV when she went public about having ME. I believe that this saved my life as by this time I was in a very sorry state of health and much of my capital had dried up due to being unable to work.

Although I am really much better now after learning how to manage the illness I still cannot function physically or mentally for any useful period of time and have to avoid stress. I had to accept that I would not be able to live as I used to and reduce my ambitions.

Although I felt rather let down by the medical profession I don’t believe I am bitter and am pleased that things have changed for the better over recent times for many people affected by the illness.

 

Full article...

 
 
 

Billy Ray Mansell Completes Southend Seafront Triathlon Dressed As Spiderman

International news

Wednesday 5 August 2020

 

From UK newspaper the Basildon Canvey Southend Echo:

 

Billy Ray Mansell
 

Billy Ray Mansell completes Southend seafront triathlon dressed as Spiderman

By Poppie Webster
18 July, 2020
©Copyright 2001-2020.

A HEROIC dad who refused to let his disability beat him took on a seafront triathlon... dressed as Spiderman.

Determined Billy Ray Mansell swam, ran and cycled his way through the challenge, which saw him travel around 27km to and from the triathlon, and up and down Southend seafront during the event on his 26th birthday.

Billy, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia five years ago, stopped to shoot a few superhero webs at the public along his journey before finally being greeted at the finishing line by his three-year-old son Noah and the rest of the family.

 

Full article...

 
 
 

Fibromyalgia Study Seeking Participants To Complete An Online Survey

International news

Wednesday 5 August 2020

 

From ProHealth:

 

Woman with tablet
 

Fibromyalgia Study Seeking Participants To Complete An Online Survey

ProHealth.com
October 1, 2019
Copyright © 2019 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved.

Editor’s note: Do you feel like some people treat you differently because you have fibromyalgia? And if you take an opioid medication to help ease your pain, do you feel like people are judging you?

Researchers Drs. Andrea Pfalzgraf and Kim Jones are looking into whether people with fibromyalgia feel invalidated or stigmatized, and if so, how that is affecting their lives. If you have fibromyalgia, you can help them by filling out their survey and sharing your experiences.

Have you experienced stigma related to having Fibromyalgia?

National University of Natural Medicine, University of Washington, and Linfield College is conducting research on the topic of invalidation and stigma in adults who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Invalidation refers to “discounting” and a “lack of understanding” which people with fibromyalgia receive from their social environment.

The purpose of this study is to gather information from adults who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia about the following:

  1. Perceptions of Invalidation
  2. Perceptions of Opioid-Related Stigma

This study involves completing a one-time, online survey which should take about 30 minutes. Please note the survey is completely confidential and no personal identification of your information can be made. Your participation is essential to understand the impact of invalidation and stigma on people with fibromyalgia, particularly in relationship to using opioid pain medications. Your input will provide valuable information which will enhance scientific literature and may ultimately help improve patient care and treatment outcomes.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact the Principal Investigator, Andrea R. Pfalzgraf, MPH, PhD at apfalzgraf@nunm.edu.

Please click on the link below (or copy and paste into a new browser) to complete the fibromyalgia survey and share your experiences.

https://survey.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdwWcD2Pvpscd8x

Thank you in advance for your time and input!

Dr. Andrea R. Pfalzgraf, PhD, MPH
Research Fellow
National University of Natural Medicine & University of Washington

Dr. Kimberly Dupree Jones, PhD, FNP-BC, RN, FAAN
Dean & Professor
Linfield College, School of Nursing

 

Full article…

 
 
 

A Systematic Review Of Mitochondrial Abnormalities In ME/CFS/SEID

International news

Tuesday 4 August 2020

 

From the Journal of Translational Medicine (via Springer Link):

 

Test tubes
 

A systematic review of mitochondrial abnormalities in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome/systemic exertion intolerance disease

Sean Holden,
Rebekah Maksoud,
Natalie Eaton-Fitch,
Hélène Cabanas,
Donald Staines &
Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik
Journal of Translational Medicine 18, Article number: 290 (2020)
© 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Part of Springer Nature.

Abstract

Background

Patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) or Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) present with a constellation of symptoms including debilitating fatigue that is unrelieved by rest. The pathomechanisms underlying this illness are not fully understood and the search for a biomarker continues, mitochondrial aberrations have been suggested as a possible candidate. The aim of this systematic review is to collate and appraise current literature on mitochondrial changes in ME/CFS/SEID patients compared to healthy controls.

Methods

Embase, PubMed, Scopus and Medline (EBSCO host) were systematically searched for articles assessing mitochondrial changes in ME/CFS/SEID patients compared to healthy controls published between January 1995 and February 2020. The list of articles was further refined using specific inclusion and exclusion criteria. Quality and bias were measured using the Joanna Briggs Institute Critical Appraisal Checklist for Case Control Studies.

Results

Nineteen studies were included in this review. The included studies investigated mitochondrial structural and functional differences in ME/CFS/SEID patients compared with healthy controls. Outcomes addressed by the papers include changes in mitochondrial structure, deoxyribonucleic acid/ribonucleic acid, respiratory function, metabolites, and coenzymes.

Conclusion

Based on the included articles in the review it is difficult to establish the role of mitochondria in the pathomechanisms of ME/CFS/SEID due to inconsistencies across the studies. Future well-designed studies using the same ME/CFS/SEID diagnostic criteria and analysis methods are required to determine possible mitochondrial involvement in the pathomechanisms of ME/CFS/SEID.

 

Full article...

 
 
 

Study: Impact Of Fatigue In CFS – Call For Research Participants

Australian news

Tuesday 4 August 2020

 

From the University of Tasmania (via email):

 

University of Tasmania
 

Impact of Fatigue in CFS

Call for Research Participants
Aged between 18 and 65 years

We are looking for volunteers with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or healthy individuals without CFS to take part in a study investigating fatigue and its impact on everyday functioning.

As a participant, you will be asked to complete an online survey, which will ask you questions about your CFS, your experience with CFS and your everyday functioning. The questionnaire should take between 40 and 70 minutes to complete.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary.

To volunteer or for further information please click on the link or use your QR scanner to complete the following screening questionnaire:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/F523WCY

Impact of Fatigue in CFS - Study

Contact: Ms Kate Donnelly (kated@utas.edu.au)
OR Dr Cynthia Honan (cynthia.honana@utas.edu.au)
College of Health & Medicine, University of Tasmania

This study has been approved by the Tasmanian Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee.

 

PDF Download flyer (PDF, 174 KB)

 
 
 

Participants Needed For Online Survey

South Australian news

Tuesday 4 August 2020

 

From The CONVERSATIONS Project (via email):

 

The Conversations Project
 

Consumer Expectations & Experiences of the Health Care System – An International Study

The CONVERSATIONS Project
Originally published January 30, 2017

Do you want your voice to be heard?

Participants are needed for an online survey (about 20 mins). Researchers from University of SA and Flinders University are looking to understand consumer health care needs.

Your support in this study will help us to understand your health care needs, determine how responsive your health system is to your needs, and identify areas where health systems could improve to better serve these needs. In appreciation you will be invited to enter a draw to win one of 10 x AU$50 Visa Cards. You will also have the opportunity to receive a copy of the findings.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CONVERSATIONS-2016.

For more information go to www.conversations-project.info.

#MECFS #MECFSResearch

 
 
 

ME/CFS South Australia Inc Co-Signs International Open Letter

South Australian news

Monday 3 August 2020

 

ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc
 

ME/CFS South Australia Inc has signed an open letter to the journal Psychological Medicine asking for the 2013 PACE paper to be retracted.

By Deborah Marlin, Committee Member
Originally published on 30 March 2017

No doubt you will remember the PACE trial, a research study conducted in the UK looking at the effectiveness of GET (graded exercise therapy) and CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) in the treatment of ME/CFS.

In 2013 the research team published a paper in the journal Psychological Medicine, in which they stated that each of these treatments led to recovery in 22% of patients, compared with only 7% in a comparison group. The two treatments, they concluded, offered patients “the best chance of recovery.”

There has been much criticism of the research methods used in this study from other researchers and from the ME/CFS community. ME/CFS South Australia Inc, also, has serious concerns about methodological design flaws in the PACE trial.

 

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