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22 April, 2024

Opinion: Failure To Define Long COVID Will Impede Research Progress

Surveys that assess symptoms for long Covid have been inadequate for developing a case definition for the illness.

21 April, 2024

Post-COVID-19 Syndrome In Everyday Clinical Practice: Interdisciplinary Expert Position Statement Endorsed By The Polish Society Of Civilization Diseases

Post-COVID-19 syndrome, also known as long-COVID-19 syndrome, is a complex set of symptoms that persist for weeks or months after recovery from the acute phase of COVID-19. These symptoms can affect various body systems, including the respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. The most common complaints are fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, taste and smell disorders, as well as problems with memory and concentration. The pathogenesis of the post-COVID-19 syndrome is complicated and not fully understood, but it is likely related to an overactive immune system, disturbances in the intestinal microbiome, and cell and tissue damage caused by the virus. Incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to treating and rehabilitating patients and further research into this syndrome's underlying mechanisms and therapy is crucial for understanding and effectively treating this complex and multi-faced condition.

21 April, 2024

Survey Finds Many Fibromyalgia Patients Finding Symptom Relief With Medical Cannabis

Almost 50% of fibromyalgia patients use cannabis for symptom relief, according to new study. Experts suggest results underline need for clinician awareness, further research.

21 April, 2024

Sex Differences Could Be Key To The Successful Treatment Of Long COVID

Often more severe in women, hormones could hold the key to unlocking the mystery of long COVID.

20 April, 2024

Women Are The New Face Of Long Covid – I’m One Of Them

An article by Australian long-COVID sufferer Milanda Rout.

20 April, 2024

Women Fight For Diagnoses And Treatment Of POTS In The Northwoods

Jody Bognar was never one to sit still. “I was doing flips, I was, you know, I would go out for hours and hit a tennis ball against our garage door for hours after dinner,” she remembered. As a child she trained in gymnastics and dance, going on to dance in college while studying education and later narrowing that to physical education in a masters degree. Now, in her 50’s and living in Minocqua, Bognar is practically bed-bound. “He said nothing was wrong with me. All my lab tests were fine, you know, my heart was fine, my lungs supposedly were fine, all this.”

20 April, 2024

Are Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Long COVID Part Of The Same Disorder? A New NIH Initiative Aims To Find Out

A study of 17 patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome revealed that there is an absolute biological basis for the condition. Researchers say that exposure to an infection leads to concomitant and persistent immune dysfunction and changes in gut microbiome, which results in decreased concentrations of metabolites that then impact brain function.

19 April, 2024

What Is "Spoon Theory"? And Why Is It Important?

Many people live with invisible disabilities, chronic pain, or symptoms that can be hard to predict. Societal perceptions of disability can be harmful when they don't take into account individual experiences. Spoon theory can be a helpful tool when explaining the limited energy that can accompany chronic conditions.

19 April, 2024

4 Years In, A Sobering Look At Long COVID Progress

Four years ago in the spring of 2020, physicians and patients coined the term "long COVID" to describe a form of the viral infection from which recovery seemed impossible. (And the old nickname "long-haulers" seems so quaint now.) What started as a pandemic that killed nearly 3 million people globally in 2020 alone would turn into a chronic disease causing a long list of symptoms — from extreme fatigue, to brain fog, tremors, nausea, headaches, rapid heartbeat, and more. Today, 6.4% of Americans report symptoms of long COVID, and many have never recovered. Still, we've come a long way, although there's much we don't understand about the condition. At the very least, physicians have a greater understanding that long COVID exists and can cause serious long-term symptoms.

19 April, 2024

Sunderland Woman Caught Lyme Disease After Dog Lay On Hedgehog Nest In Garden

Kay Gibb caught Lyme Disease in summer 2021 and her symptoms have never gone away.

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