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04 April, 2024

Trivialising Long Covid? Scientists And Media Covering ME/CFS In Australia Wrote The Playbook

A group of Australian scientists recently gas-lit an entire global community of more than 65 million sick people. Specifically, on Long Covid Awareness Day, Queensland state department researchers, spearheaded by its chief health officer, pushed a half-baked study to trivialise the devastating condition. However, the situation has direct implications for people living with ME/CFS in Australia.

03 April, 2024

Long Covid 'Extremely Debilitating' For Teachers, Union Says

Brain fog and extreme fatigue are some of the symptoms teachers are experiencing as a result of Long Covid. A new study has found that teaching is the most vulnerable profession when it comes to who will experience long-term symptoms of Covid-19.

03 April, 2024

Kirsty Young Says She Ignored 'Horrendous' Chronic Pain Condition That Halted Her BBC Career Because She Had 'A Life Of Privilege' And It Felt Like A 'Penthouse Problem'

Kirsty Young says she spent a year-and-a-half 'beautifully ignoring' symptoms of fibromyalgia because she had a life of privilege and addressing it when she had such a great career felt like 'a penthouse problem'. The 55-year-old appeared in the latest episode of Julia Samuel's podcast Therapy Works, and revealed how her Scottish roots gave her the mentality that she should 'put your head down, shut up and keep going' despite struggling with often debilitating pain.

03 April, 2024

Behind The Scenes In COVID Research Labs, Then And Now

The past four years have witnessed major advancements in medical science’s drive to unravel the complexities of the human immune system. We have the COVID-19 pandemic to thank for much of the progress. A good deal of the growth has come because the global health crisis hit and then hung around at a time when medical researchers were ready with sophisticated means of studying how and where the virus, SARS-CoV-2, struck and spread. And whom it sickened, killed or barely bothered. More to the point, for the first time in history, medical scientists could doggedly pursue a pandemic in real time rather than retrospectively.

03 April, 2024

A Comparative Analysis Of Cognitive Deficits In Rheumatoid Arthritis And Fibromyalgia: Impact Of Symptoms Severity And Its Clinical Implications

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are chronic pain disorders, with clearly distinct pathogenetic mechanisms, frequently accompanied by symptoms like depression, fatigue, insomnia and cognitive problems. This study compared performance in various cognitive domains between patients with FMS and RA. The role of clinical symptoms severity in determine the differences in cognitive performance was also investigated.

02 April, 2024

Long COVID Fatigue: The Unwelcome Gift That Keeps On Giving

Fatigue, sometimes profound, is one of the most common and debilitating features of long COVID. Its presence predicts far worse clinical outcomes, as evidenced by deaths and hospitalizations, than patients without fatigue.

02 April, 2024

‘Every Day, I’m Just So Grateful To Be Here And To Get A Chance To Do This’

“I’m a walking contradiction,” Irish singer Jenny Hanlon says. “I’m so full of anxiety, but I still do it. I just think life’s too short. Every day, I’m just so grateful to be here and to get a chance to do this. Because I have fibromyalgia, I said ‘No’ to things in the past out of fear. Fibromyalgia is so common and yet so misunderstood. I was diagnosed at 12, but to be honest, I wouldn’t be the person I am without it. I’ve learned to be grateful for it, which, trust me, is not easy. I think that is why I have that mentality.”

02 April, 2024

Dr Matt Nisbet Running Brighton Marathon For ME Research UK

A Basingstoke GP is running Brighton Marathon in April to raise money for a medical charity supporting research into ME.

02 April, 2024

East Lothian Locals Trapped In Unfinished Stewart Milne Estate That's 'Falling Apart'

A Scottish man with ME says he is struggling to walk around his Stewart Milne estate after the housebuilder went into administration.

01 April, 2024

Biden’s $12 Billion For Women’s Health Should Be Just A Start

President Joe Biden signed an executive order that will create a $12 billion fund to improve our understanding of — and ideally treatments for — women’s health. It’s a welcome, if egregiously belated investment by the US government. And although it sounds like a big amount, there’s a lot of catching up to do. For example, one analysis found that conditions that overwhelmingly affect women, like migraines, headaches, endometriosis, anxiety disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome, are severely underfunded compared to conditions that predominantly affect men.

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