28 Mar 2018

Drug hoped to treat CFS causes impaired immune function, Griffith study says


Latest Rituximab Study
 

"Reports that a drug used to treat autoimmune diseases and cancer could also treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have been refuted by a new Griffith University study.

To be published in BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, the study by Griffith’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) concluded that the use of Rituximab in CFS patients could incur problems with their immune cells and is not beneficial as a potential treatment.

The Natural Killer (NK) cells have vital functions in fighting viruses, bacteria and tumours.

“We found that these functions were significantly impaired when exposed to Rituximab in CFS patients,” says Scientific Co-Director of NCNED, Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik.

CFS – sometimes known as ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) – is a complex illness characterised by impaired memory and concentration, metabolic, cardiac, gut and immune dysfunction and debilitating muscle pain and fatigue on exertion (also known as neuroimmune exhaustion).

It is estimated that the prevalence rate of CFS/ME worldwide is between 1 and 2 per cent."

This news release can be read in full at Griffith University. The study is now averrable in full on BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology.

 

 

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Unrest Review

My brother Stuart and I went to our local screening of Unrest recently, an award-winning documentary film about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head”, she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure.

Although it was emotionally challenging to watch, we are pleased to share our views on this groundbreaking film with you.

 
 
 

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This plain blue ribbon design is suitable for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. The badges are 25mm long and measure 14mm at the widest point (image not actual size). They have a nickel finish and a secure clutch pin fitting. These subtle badges are perfect for your jacket lapel and can be worn throughout the year.

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One of the biggest expenses I have with running M.E. Support is the cost of office supplies. I created an Amazon Wish List so that you have the choice of supporting this cause with tangible items as an alternative to making a monetary donation.

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Latest Rituximab Study
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Awareness Ribbons & Wristbands
2 Apr 2018
European Network on ME/CFS
1 Apr 2018
M.E. Support Competition
1 Apr 2018
Anniversary Statement
31 Mar 2018
It Started with a Story
28 Mar 2018
Latest Rituximab Study
26 Mar 2018
Netherlands M.E./CFS Report
25 Mar 2018
M.E. Organisations
22 Mar 2018
PACE Study Reanalysed
21 Mar 2018
Link Between CFS & Thyroid Hormones

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Int. M.E. Awareness Day
12 May, Global

#MillionsMissing M.E. Protest
12th May, Global

8th Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium
30-31 May, London

13th Int. ME Conference
1 June, London

Severe ME Day
8 August, UK

CFS/ME International Conference
26-27 November, Queensland

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Every year, M.E. Support holds a competition to send someone flowers for International May 12th Awareness Day.

Who would you nominate to receive this surprise gift? Please visit the Competition page for further details.

 
 
 

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Through my experiences as an M.E. sufferer and webmaster, I have expanded my knowledge of health related issues, along with gaining skills in multimedia management.

I am currently Available to Hire for the following projects:

  • Reviews and sponsored posts related to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis for M.E. Support.
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Alongside my work here at M.E. Support, I run a Social Group for people living with M.E. and related conditions in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

These informal monthly gatherings are a chance to meet other sufferers for friendship and support.

 

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You can view a selection of my photographs, or purchase prints and greetings cards, in my online portfolio at Louise's Gallery.