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Japenese researchers claim diagnostic test discovered

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by bakercape, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. bakercape

    bakercape Senior Member

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    I don't know if it's been posted elsewhere on this site but Japenese researchers are claiming they found a chemical which is suppressed by dopamine that is abnormally high in CFS patients. I believe they said like 50 times higher in CFS patients. They have not been published yet.

    I'm surprised this is not getting more press. Hopefully it leads to something positive for us. A diagnostic marker would be nice.

    Not sure how to do links on here yet but I saw it posted on the pro health board.
     
  2. Mark K

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    Do you have a link even in japanease? I can read it with friends help.


     
  3. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    breakthrough made in diagnosing CFS

    January 10, 2010

    Breakthrough made in diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome, Japanese researchers report

     
  4. bigdreams87

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    This is interesting, thanks for the news! I wonder if anything that enhances or diminishes dopamine could kickstart the illness?
     
  5. shrewsbury

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    Just to let you know Bakercape, it was published under the latest research thread as Alpha MSH protein a potential biomarker for CFS - Japan and there is some discussion there.
     
  6. starryeyes

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    So they "fatigued" the rats to get this result? Maybe some PWC do have high amounts of alpha-MSH but I think it's just as likely that many others with CFS have low amounts. It's typical in CFS to have either too much or too little of various chemicals in our systems.

    It's an interesting study but I doubt it can be used as a biomarker for CFS. For one thing, being "fatigued" is totally different than the illness known as CFS/ME.
     
  7. Sing

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    First of all--poor rats being abused that way! Secondly, I have thought low dopamine was involved in my ME/CFS. Dr. Richard Bruno who thinks ME/CFS has a great deal in common with Post Polio Syndrome and may, in fact, in some cases be it, describes damage to the reticular activating system and hypothalamus. The RAS is what produces dopamine.

    Using his model, for some years I took a half of a Parlodel pill (1.25 mg?), as Parlodel helps the brain retain dopamine in the system. It had good effects for me like increasing my cognitive functioning, energy slightly and giving me back an interest in sex.

    But leaving that aside, the enteroviruses or viruses can invade the lower brain area and damage those systems.

    Sing
     

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