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10 January, 2024

A Discovery In The Muscles Of Long COVID Patients May Explain Exercise Troubles

Hit the gym. Get back in shape. That's what many patients with long COVID are told when they talk of the crushing fatigue that envelops them after even a light bout of physical activity. These symptoms of exhaustion, or post-exertional malaise as it's called, are a hallmark of long COVID and similar complex illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS. The idea that exercise can help patients has proven difficult to shake — despite evidence suggesting this isn't merely a case of deconditioning that patients can overcome by pushing through the pain. "I don't think the messaging has been strong enough," says David Putrino, the director of rehabilitation innovation for Mount Sinai Health System. "It is very clear that this is not a typical response to exercise." Now research published this month in Nature Communications gives new weight to this assessment.

10 January, 2024

Post-Exertional Malaise And Symptom Exacerbation: The High Price Of Physical Exertion In Long Covid, ME/CFS

Physical exertion can have a significant impact on individuals with Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM) and Post-Exertional Symptom Exacerbation (PESE). These conditions are often seen in individuals with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), and Long Covid. The complexities of these conditions, as highlighted by well-known science journalist Ed Yong, underline the need for a greater understanding and support for those affected. This article explores the intersection of physical exertion and chronic health conditions, urging increased awareness and research in this area.

10 January, 2024

Long Covid Patients Have Muscle Damage, Research Finds

Changes in the muscle cells of people battling Long Covid have been found to cause extreme tiredness after bouts of exercise, new research suggests.

09 January, 2024

Characteristics Of Self-Regulation Of The Epidemic Process Of Infection Caused By The Epstein-Barr Virus (Herpesviridae: , HHV-4).

Among the available scientific literature, there are no publications addressing processes of self-regulation in the parasite-host population systems with reference to chronic infections, including the infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV infection). The aim of the study is to assess manifestations of the epidemic process of chronic EBV infection through the lens of the basic tenets of the theory of self-regulation of parasitic systems.

09 January, 2024

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Is Safe And Reduces Chronic Fatigue In Patients With Stable Systemic Lupus Erythematosus And Rheumatoid Arthritis

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case series to assess a combined technique of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS - a non-pharmacological and non-invasive brain stimulation) and aerobic exercise in one patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and another with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and significant chronic fatigue. We conducted five sessions of tDCS combined with low-intensity treadmill exercise. Fatigue levels were assessed using the Fatigue Severity Scale and the Visual Analog Scale for fatigue before (pre), immediately after five tDCS sessions (post-zero), and after six months (post-6-mo). The level of fatigue decreased, and functionality improved significantly post-zero and remained sustainable post-6-mo in both SLE and RA cases. There was only one mild and transient side effect (headache) specifically in the patient with RA, and no disease reactivation occurred in any of the cases. Our data showed that tDCS combined with aerobic exercise appears to be safe and promising for reducing fatigue and improving functionality in patients with SLE and RA. Randomized studies with larger sample sizes are required to corroborate our findings.

08 January, 2024

Anthony Fauci And Unlocking The Biggest Mystery In Medicine

Doctors are on the front lines of long COVID, affected between 1 and 2 million people in the U.S. Here's what's been learned so far.

08 January, 2024

Warning 100,000 Could Develop Long Covid After Hospital Cases Surge

Leading scientists sound alert as latest figures show 20 per cent jump in daily admissions.

08 January, 2024

Differences Between Patients With Chronic Epipharyngitis With And Without Previous COVID-19 Infection

Epipharyngeal abrasive therapy (EAT) is effective in patients with chronic epipharyngitis who previously had coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The study aimed to evaluate differences between patients with chronic epipharyngitis with (long COVID) or without a history of COVID-19 (non-long COVID).

07 January, 2024

Long Covid Patients’ Fatigue Is Biological: Dutch Research

Dutch researchers have discovered that persistent fatigue in patients with Long Covid has a biological cause – their muscle cells produce less energy than those in healthy patients.

07 January, 2024

"It Took 18 Months For Doctors To Figure Out My 'Unseen' Illness - These Are My Symptoms"

Elle spent almost two years in constant pain with no idea why, it wasn't until her fibromyalgia diagnosis that she found out what it was.

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