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15 July, 2024

Co. Antrim Man Takes On Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way To Raise Awareness And Funding For ME

A Co Antrim man is set to complete a marathon walk around Ireland's wildest coastline to raise money and awareness of ME following the death of his brother.

15 July, 2024

Griffith University Researchers Believe Cellular Door Dysfunction Is The Cause Of Long-Misunderstood Gulf War Illness

In a world first, Australian researchers have identified a significant defect in the cells of Gulf War participants they believe explains an array of mystery health issues that have plagued many of the veterans for decades. The discovery, by Griffith University scientists, has given hope to the veterans that their often-debilitating symptoms will finally be recognised as Gulf War Illness by the medical profession and the Australian government.

15 July, 2024

'Distressing' Unexplained Symptoms That Affect One In Four People, NHS Warns

These 'difficult' symptoms can go on for weeks with no simple explanation as to what is behind them.

14 July, 2024

Antibiotics May Increase Fibromyalgia Risk

Antibiotics seem to increase the risk of developing fibromyalgia up to four-fold, according to a case-control study of data from UK primary care.

14 July, 2024

Delayed Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Linked To Worse Disease Severity

Fibromyalgia severity is correlated to how long the condition takes to get diagnosed, a new study showed.

13 July, 2024

Common Infectious Disease That Can Appear As Bruise As NHS Warns 'See GP'

Lyme disease is common - and people have been told to look our for a rash as the earlier it's treated, the better.

13 July, 2024

Tissue-Based T Cell Activation And Viral RNA Persist For Up To 2 Years After SARS-CoV-2 Infection

The term “Long Covid” covers a diverse array of symptoms that an individual might experience weeks to years after infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Many drivers of Long Covid have been proposed, with supporting data for each. Here, Peluso et al. provide compelling evidence for two potential contributors: persistent SARS-CoV-2 and aberrant T cell activation. The authors used whole-body positron emission tomography imaging with a tracer that selectively tags activated T cells to show that those with Long Covid had certain tissues that were enriched for activated T cells in comparison with those without Long Covid. Moreover, because the gut was one of the sites of activated T cell enrichment, the authors analyzed gut biopsies from a subset of individuals with Long Covid. In these samples, the authors were able to identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA; this feature was consistent across all five samples analyzed. These data suggest that viral persistence and sustained immune activation are linked to Long Covid.

12 July, 2024

Community Heroes: My Struggles With An Incurable Condition Inspired Me To Help Others Cope With Chronic Pain

Singapore has about 450 active ground-up initiatives, made up of groups of individuals who come together in self-organised projects to help the community. TODAY's Voices section is publishing first-hand accounts of young changemakers and the stories behind their initiatives. Here, Ms Rina Ong, 31, recounts her battle with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition. Despite the challenges that come with her disorder, she founded The Visible Collective SG to help others cope with similar conditions through support and education.

12 July, 2024

The Prevalence Of Fibromyalgia In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Using The Fibromyalgia Assessment Screening Tool (FAST 4) Based On The Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire (MDHAQ)

Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by widespread pain and fatigue, accompanied by symptoms such as decreased concentration, autonomic dysfunction, and abdominal pain. It can be either primary or secondary, notably to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The Fibromyalgia Assessment Screening Tools (FAST 4), derived from the Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire (MDHAQ), is a composite tool allowing for the rapid screening of FM. Our primary objective is to determine the prevalence of FM among RA patients using the FAST 4 index. Secondary objectives include comparing the FAST 4 index with the FiRST score and describing the correlation between FM and RA activity and different factors associated with FM in RA patients.

11 July, 2024

DWP Issues PIP Update Over List Of Medical Conditions That Get Up To £737 A Month

Major change in the UK for thousands of PIP claimants as DWP revises list of medical conditions.

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