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27 February, 2023

Gut Microbiomes Offer Insights Into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Levels of health-promoting gut bacteria are linked with severity of fatigue symptoms, a study finds.

27 February, 2023

Randomised Trial Finds Active tDCS To Be Effective Treatment In Women With Fibromyalgia

A randomised, triple-blinded clinical trial involving 35 women has found that active transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)—delivered at an intensity of 2mA and across a total of 10 sessions—may be an effective treatment option for patients with fibromyalgia.

26 February, 2023

Similar Autoantibody Profiles In Long COVID And Fully Recovered Individuals

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers evaluate autoreactive antibody profiles after severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.

26 February, 2023

We Got Some Key Things Wrong About Long COVID. Here Are 5 Things We’ve Learnt

In late 2020 as we hid from COVID behind the moat of “fortress Australia”, we started to hear that in some people, COVID symptoms persisted for months. They were called “long haulers” or had “long COVID”.

26 February, 2023

Young Woman Fed Through Straw, Lives In Darkness With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After Covid

Rebecca Cumming spends her days in bed, living in darkness and near silence, unable to have any conversation. It’s a stark change from a year ago, when the now-22-year-old had just finished university, scored a new job and spent her spare time tramping, cycling and running. Rebecca has myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) – and is at the very severe end of the spectrum.

25 February, 2023

Support Group Praised For Work

SCORES of people in the region face a daily battle because of ME and fibromyalgia. The complex neurological condition affects around 250,000 across the UK and almost 20,000 in Scotland, with symptoms ranging from chronic exhaustion, muscle pain and weakness, cognitive problems, light sensitivity, gastrointestinal issues and much more. One support group locally is doing ‘outstanding work’ to help those affected and raise the profile of both conditions. Dumfries and Galloway ME and Fibromyalgia Network (DGMEFN) offer monthly meetings and events, including craft sessions and social get togethers.

25 February, 2023

Treating Fibromyalgia With Electrical Neuromodulation: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis.

Several types of electrical neuromodulation (such as transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS; transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) have been applied in the treatment of fibromyalgia. These trials had different outcome measurements, such as subjective pain, pain threshold, depression, anxiety, and functioning. We intended to integrate data from different trials into a meta-analysis to clearly present the clinical value of electrical neuromodulation in fibromyalgia. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing the effect of all types of electrical neuromodulation in patients with fibromyalgia was conducted. The main outcome was subjective pain; the secondary outcomes included depression, anxiety, and functioning.

25 February, 2023

Many People Hospitalized For COVID-19 Experience Lingering Symptoms After Discharge

About half of adults treated at hospitals for COVID-19 have experienced lingering symptoms, financial difficulties, or physical limitations months after being discharged, according to a National Institutes of Health-supported study published in JAMA Network Open.

24 February, 2023

Knowledge, Attitude, And Practice Regarding Fibromyalgia Among Primary Care Physicians In Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Aim: This study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding FM among primary care physicians in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.
Methods: This cross-sectional study included family physicians who were board-certified or registered in the family medicine training program and working at the government family healthcare centers in Tabuk. A pre-designed, structured questionnaire was distributed either in written form or as an online survey.

24 February, 2023

We Can Learn A Lot About Long COVID From Years Of Diagnosing And Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Long COVID reportedly affects about 10% of post-COVID patients, and describes a range of ongoing or new symptoms three months post-infection. Given the COVID pandemic has infected more than 750 million people worldwide, it’s clear long COVID will create a significant burden on society for years to come. Australia’s parliament is currently undertaking an inquiry into long COVID, with hearings this week.

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