Doctors believe in ME

July 16, 2021

In a follow up to her 2019 blog post, Dr Nina Muirhead discusses a recent surge in clinical interest in myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) on the Royal College of Physicians site.

Dr Nina Muirhead

Dr Nina Muirhead writes of the medical advances that are showing evidence of clear clinical markers for ME/CFS and highlights the similarities with Long COVID. She draws attention to four developing areas in the ME/CFS world:

  • There is new association of clinicians, patients and researchers called Doctors With ME that is spreading information and updates on ME
  • DecodeME, the largest ever DNA study of ME/CFS, is recruiting more than 20,000 patients for a genome-wide association study. Developed by the CFS/ME research collaborative (CMRC) and supported by Action for ME, Forward ME, UKRI and NIHR
  • The ME/CFS Priority Setting Partnership has been set up to identify our top ten priorities for ME/CFS research
  • There has been an exponential increase in biomedical ME/CFS research publications, which have identified that ME/CFS is associated with underlying abnormalities of the central and autonomic nervous systems, immune dysregulation, disordered energy metabolism, and redox imbalance.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CPD

There is a Continuing Professional Development module available from the button below written by Dr Nina Muirhead

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