Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release. Joni Mitchell

Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release. Joni Mitchell

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Forum on Research Linking XMRV to ME/CFS

Another interesting opportunity for those in the Boston area to hear from one of the top researchers in the field, Dr. David Bell. And for those who are not, I will attend Dr. Bell's lecture and report about it on this blog. Here's the 411 from The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association: 

Dr. David Bell Lecture
April 16, 2011

Dr. David Bell, noted CFS researcher and clinician, presents "Current Status of XMRV Research and Comments on the (April) NIH [National Institute of Health] State of Knowledge Conference." This event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute.
Click here to register for Dr. David Bell Lecture

Dr. Bell will attend The National Institutes of Health State of the Knowledge Conference on ME/CFS on April 7-8, 2011 in Bethesda, MD and report on the conference on April 16 from 1-4 pm at William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute Auditorium in Jamaica Plain. He will also lecture about the current research regarding the retrovirus XMRV as a possible contributor to ME/CFS.

According to an article on a new study on XMRV shows promise:
Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a disabling neurological illness. New study suggests it might be caused by the retrovirus XMRV.
Photo by Dr. David Bell
A new study published in the prestigious journal Science found the retrovirus XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) in 67% of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). Only 3.7% of the studied healthy controls harbored this infection. Later, the researchers reported up to 95% of patients test positive with antibody testing.

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