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NIH claims NK cells not different between CLD, recovered patients, and healthy?

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by WillowJ, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. WillowJ

    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    very small study by NIH (why so small? weren't they interested in what they were doing? they could hardly lack funding)

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2725528/

    It is not evident how they defined recovery ("no symptoms attributed to Lyme disease"; the verbage does not necessarily indicate they were clear of symptoms altogether), and the healthy volunteers are not characterized at all.

    I know nothing of the players in the Lyme politics wars. Are these the Reeves and Wesselys of the Lyme world?

    Or should this be taken as a geniune contradictory result, though in pilot-sized numbers, so not as significant as, say, this study:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11222912

    (extra paragraph breaks added)
     
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    As I understand it, it is the functionality, or lethality, of NK cells that mark CFS and provide a possible or probable biomarker--ours just don't do the job properly. Rather than simple numbers, which previous studies have shown are inconsistent. Chris
     
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    thanks, Chris

    number of total NK cells is normally unchanged in ME/CFS (and I assume also in CLD)... but this is number of cells with a particular marker, which is related to their functionality, if I'm reading the papers correctly... or maybe I'm confused :(
     

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