Monday, June 13, 2011

XMRV/ME/CFS and Inflammation

Two studies regarding inflammation in people with ME/CFS have been published recently.

The Whittemere Peterson Institute published Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-related Virus-associated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Reveals a Distinct Inflammatory Signature, which reveals a distinct cytokine and chemokine signature in people with XMRV-associated CFS and suggests a possible diagnostic procedure for the disease. (Thanks to Dr. Jamie Deckoff-Jones for publishing a link to this study in her blog.)

Also, a study, Exercise Challenge Reveals Potential CFS Biomarkers, explores biological responses to mild exercise in people with CFS. This study, by a University of Utah group affiliated with the CFIDS Association of America, supports the personal observations of many of us with ME/CFS who find that even very mild exertion can cause a significant relapse and/or severe exacerbation of symptoms.

The study also found that the use of anticonvulsants can have a beneficial effect, reducing this post-exertional relapse.

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