ME/CFS Research Abstracts from ProHealth

New tool differentiates ME/CFS-related fatigue from other fatigue states

Severe, persisting fatigue is a prominent symptom of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), but individuals with this illness frequently report the occurrence of unique fatigue states that might be different from conventional symptoms of fatigue. The present study attempted to assess a comprehensive set of fatigue symptoms that have been commonly reported among patients with ME/CFS.

The Relationship of Fennell Phases to Symptoms among Patients With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Fennell Phase Inventory (FPI) is an instrument designed to measure phases of the illnesses known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The current study explored how the FPI was related to physical and psychological functioning as well as coping style. Based on FPI scores, 111 adults with ME/CFS were placed in one of three groups: crisis, stabilization, or resolution.

Green tea compounds support telomere protection, cut cell ‘age’ 5 years

Environmental and lifestyle factors that affect oxidative stress and inflammation may influence telomere length (TL). There are limited data to relate the effect of dietary components on telomere length. The present study examined the association between food groups and telomere length in a sample of elderly Chinese.

Trial proves soluble fiber an effective option for calming IBS symptoms

Objective: To determine the effectiveness of increasing the dietary content of soluble fibre (psyllium) or insoluble fibre (bran) in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

Epigallocatechin gallate [EGCG/green tea extract] ameliorates chronic fatigue syndrome in mice

Three decades after the coining of the term chronic fatigue syndrome, the diagnosis of this illness is still symptom based and the etiology remains elusive. Chronic fatigue syndrome pathogenesis seems to be multifactorial and the possible involvement of immune system is supported.

Fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome-like complaints in the general population

Most knowledge on chronic fatigue (CF) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is based on clinical studies, not representative of the general population. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of fatigue in an adult general population and to identify associations with lifestyle factors.

Neurologic signs and symptoms in fibromyalgia

Neurologic symptoms lasting at least 3 months were assessed with a standard questionnaire. We used logistic regression to evaluate the association of neurologic symptoms and examination findings with FM status. Within the FM group we examined the correlation between self-reported symptoms and physical examination findings.

Neuropsychological functioning of U.S. Gulf War veterans 10 years after the war

Many U.S. Gulf War-era veterans complained of poor cognition following the war. This study assessed neuropsychological functioning in veterans 10 years after the war through objective tests.  2,189 Gulf War-era veterans (1,061 deployed, 1,128 non-deployed) were examined at 1 of 16 U.S. Veterans Affairs medical centers. Outcomes included neuropsychological domains derived from factor analysis and individual test scores.

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