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Discussion in 'Media, Interviews, Blogs, Talks, Events about XMRV' started by FernRhizome, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl Senior Member

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    Pam's message has jogged a memory, which might also throw a little light on the mystery of a connection between cluster outbreaks and a retrovirus. I believe that I read a few weeks ago that there were ?8 people in Belgium who developed ME within just days of receiving a blood transfusion. If this is true, and,of course, it is a big if - it suggests that the incubation period might be quite short.

    I have also recently been told by a friend that her niece has recently developed ME shortly after receiving a blood transfusion in the UK. It may not be cause and effect........but it is interesting......

    BW

    C.G.
  2. julius

    julius Watchoo lookin' at?

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    countrygirl,

    Could you find out more info on those cases, especially the young girl. If you could trace XMRV from the donor to the recipient, it could be a smoking gun!!
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    Chris Senior Member

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    transfused CFS

    Hi--blood transfusions are my best bet about how I got CFS--had heart surgery Sept 2004, no details but in the light of what happened during the surgery I must have had multiple transfusions--developed first signs Dec 2005, mostly recovered, then got hit again Dec 2006, some recovery, then again end of Jan 2007, only a couple of very partial remissions since then. No chance of tracing donors, but looks as if this may well have been the pathway. Was in great shape until these things started up, despite my then 71 years. Chris
  4. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    I live in a rural New England state and I just heard that the local hospital held "in service" days and one of the meetings all the nurses had to go to had to do with blood transfusions. Apparently there was a lot of discussion on avoiding any unnecessary infusions due to various "viruses" in the blood donor supply. I was so fascinated to hear this! And wonder if it's coming from the Red Cross and if it's specific to XMRV research results that we haven't heard yet.....clearly somewhere up the line someone is getting nervous about the number of transfusions and some kind of contagion risk. ~Fern
  5. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

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    Fern, it can only be good news!!! Maybe we will have a formal press release in the near future.
  6. rebecca1995

    rebecca1995 Apple, anyone?

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    Live feed quality

    I felt bad that Dr. Mikovits didn't get a better webcast.

    Personally, I think Wanda Jones should be in charge of all webcast events. The quality of the CFSAC feed totally ROCKED--and it was closed-captioned, too! None of the other events have approached its clarity, even the CAA's webinar. (Anne, put down that fork! :Retro wink:)

    Wanda, we love you!
  7. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

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    Wanda had three camera men positioned in different parts of the room with VERY professional looking equipment, banks of lights set up..... yes that was the cream of the crop!
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    Rrrr Senior Member

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    i could not make the live webcast. and i can't find an archived one. any hints?

    rrrr
  9. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    Will anyone transcribe this talk or do you think the prohealth talk transcription covers everything? It was AMAZING how you so many of you transcribed that prohealth talk!!! I just went to try and print out the prohealth talk and could only find some of the transcriptions listed. For instance for some reason parts IV and V were not listed on the XMRV page. Does anyone know why some of the transcribed parts are not listed? ~Fern
  10. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl Senior Member

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    Hello Julius,

    I've rummaged through the Internet, and although I cannot find the article I read previously, I have unearthed the following. It is from a paper/article entitled ' Blood transfusions and CFS' by K. de Meirleir, P De Beeker and I Campine - Human Physiology and Medicine - Brussels CPAR Digest Vol 1 # 401. I found the information on the Massachusett's CFIDS site.

    It reports on 752 patients who fulfilled the 1994 CDC criteria, 34 (4.5%) of which developed CFS a few days to a week after a blood transfusion. A further 8 developed it at least two months after a transfusion. The paper's conclusion is that blood transfusion should only be given when strictly necessary and not as a standard procedure, like after child birth.

    In a speech by de Meirleir in the Sydney conference, De Meirleir is quoted as saying '....blood products can transmit (CFS), we are sure of that. We have a rather large number of CFS patients who became ill immediately after transfusion'.

    I will ask my friend if she has further information about her niece, although there will be no chance of finding the donor.

    Sadly, I can only dip in and out of the forums at the moment as I'm in a crash caused by family illness and death, which made it impossible to pace. I'm trying to at least keep up with most of the posts, but am too blated to respond at the moment.

    :hug: to everyone

    C.G.
  11. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    Wow. That's amazing how quickly the CFS hit transfusion patients. I wonder if that's because anyone getting a transfusion is already majorly compromised by illness or injury (or they wouldn't be getting a transfusion to begin with). Thus their immune system is probably already overtaxed and they'd be very susceptible, as opposed to a healthy person who might get hit by EBV or some other virus or more long drawn out stress conditions of one kind of another. So it would make sense the direct transfusion into an already compromised patient would be the fastest "take over" for a retrovirus. Does that make sense? ~Fern
  12. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    Here is a link to that article. I don't think we'll have the smoking gun until we know that the blood was donated by a CFS patient and then caused CFS.

    Blood Transfusions and CFS
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    garcia Aristocrat Extraordinaire

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    Oerganix you are right about 1 & 3.

    Number 2 I have never heard of. Can you give further details on that one?
  14. garcia

    garcia Aristocrat Extraordinaire

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    Thanks for posting that Sasha. Yes we are not an advocacy group per se, but rather a group of patients who got together under the kind auspices of another patient (who organized all the testing for us).

    Although lets be honest, any group of CFS patients is by definition an advocacy group since no one else is going to advocate for us.
  15. julius

    julius Watchoo lookin' at?

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    For the smoking gun we'd need the following as far as I can tell,

    1) confirmation that XMRV causes CFS (crosses fingers)
    2) proof of transmission of XMRV from X+ donor to previously X- recipient

    I haven't read the deMerlier article yet, but I am wondering if they have all the history and blood to go back and test those subjects for XMRV.
  16. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

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    julius, dr Peterson mentioned at CFSAC comittee that he had a patient that got CFS from blood transfusion, is XMRV + and they have his blood sample pre transfusion and traced the donor...
  17. julius

    julius Watchoo lookin' at?

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    I thought I heard that too. But I can't figure out why Judy is still saying we need to find this link? Any thoughts?

    I just re-read my earlier post in your quote and I realized kind of wrote it wrong. Guess I'm pretty foggy today. But I think you get my point. We need XMRV transmission, not CFS to CFS.
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    Rrrr Senior Member

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    i still can't find the archived video of this judy mikovits talk at the cheney clinic. are others able to access it on the cheney site, and it is just me who can not?

    warmly
    rrrr
  19. Hope123

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    In the US, units of blood are coded and if you recieve a transfusion, somewhere in your medical records, there is some sort of sticker or notation what that code is. If you can get your medical records, you can find the code, possibly find which blood bank the blood comes from, and potentially the donor. Now the blood bank may not give you the name of the donor but they might be able to track it themselves. I'm sure there is some procedure or red tape along this trail that I don't know about yet though. And I don't have any idea how blood banks work in the UK.
  20. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl Senior Member

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    Thanks for this Hope123. I will ask my friend if she can supply me with more info.

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