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19 September, 2022

Chronic COVID-19 Syndrome And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Following The First Pandemic Wave In Germany – A first Analysis Of A Prospective Observational Study

Characterization of the clinical features of patients with persistent symptoms after mild to moderate COVID-19 infection and exploration of factors associated with the development of Chronic COVID-19 Syndrome (CCS).

19 September, 2022

I’ve Had COVID And Am Constantly Getting Colds. Did COVID Harm My Immune System? Am I Now At Risk Of Other Infectious Diseases?

So you’ve had COVID and have now recovered. You don’t have ongoing symptoms and luckily, you don’t seem to have developed long COVID. But what impacts has COVID had on your overall immune system? It’s early days yet. But growing evidence suggests there are changes to your immune system that may put you at risk of other infectious diseases. Here’s what we know so far.

19 September, 2022

Post-COVID Fatigue, Exercise Intolerance Signal ME/CFS

A new study provides yet more evidence that a significant subset of people who experience persistent fatigue and exercise intolerance following COVID-19 will meet diagnostic criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

18 September, 2022

Evaluation By Survival Analysis Of Cold Pain Tolerance In Patients With Fibromyalgia And Opioid Use

The cold pressor test (CPT) is a clinical pain research method used to measure cold pain tolerance. During this test, participants immerse an extremity (ie, hand or foot) into cold water for as long as tolerable. The duration of the test (traditionally up to an experimentally imposed cut-off at 2 minutes) indicates the amount of cold pain tolerance by the participant. Prior research studies have investigated cold pain tolerance in patients with chronic pain. However, few of these studies have used survival analysis, which allows for proper handling of data censoring and is therefore, an optimal statistical method for CPT data analysis. The goal of the present study was to use survival analysis to evaluate cold pain tolerance in patients with fibromyalgia. Furthermore, we aimed to model relationships between psychological and clinical variables as well as opioid medication use and cold pain tolerance.

18 September, 2022

There Is 1 ‘The Golden Girls’ Episode That Susan Harris Calls Her ‘Revenge Script’

The Golden Girls was ahead of its time in a lot of ways. While the series was largely seen as a comedy, it did, over the years, conquer some pretty serious topics. During the show’s seven-season run, Dorothy Zbornak, Sophia Petrillo, Blanche Devereaux , and Rose Nylund dealt with death, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, sexuality, and discrimination. One hard-hitting topic was particularly close to the show creator’s heart. Susan Harris once referred to a season 5 episode as her “revenge script.”

18 September, 2022

The Impact Of Long COVID On Health, Society, And Economies

This global event brings together clinicians, researchers and patients to explore the latest advances in long COVID research and the impacts on health, society, and economies.

17 September, 2022

Long COVID Was A Preventable Tragedy. Some Of Us Saw It Coming

It should have been the start of new insight into a debilitating illness. In May 2017, I was patient No. 4 in a group of 20 taking part in a deep and intense study at the National Institutes of Health aimed at getting to the root causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, a disease that causes extreme exhaustion, sleep issues, and pain, among other symptoms. What the researchers found as they took our blood, harvested our stem cells, ran tests to check our brain function, put us through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), strapped us to tilt tables, ran tests on our heart and lungs, and more could have helped prepare doctors everywhere for the avalanche of long COVID cases that's come alongside the pandemic. Instead, we are all still waiting for answers.

17 September, 2022

Australian Inquiry Into Long COVID And Repeated COVID Infections

Following a referral on 1 September 2022 from the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP, the Committee will inquire into and report on Long COVID and Repeated COVID Infections.

17 September, 2022

'Homeless' UK Mum With Fibromyalgia Can't Find A Suitable Plymouth Home

Zoe Bradley has severe back issues and has to walk using crutches and has been applying for housing for six months

16 September, 2022

Chronic Fatigue Associated With Post-COVID Syndrome Versus Transient Fatigue Caused By High-Intensity Exercise: Are They Comparable In Terms Of Vascular Effects?

The pathophysiology of chronic fatigue associated with post-COVID syndrome is not well recognized. It is assumed that this condition is partly due to vascular dysfunction developed during an acute phase of infection. There is great demand for a diagnostic tool that is able to clinically assess post-COVID syndrome and monitor the rehabilitation process.

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