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Virus Tied to Fatigue, HIV May Be in Blood Supply

Discussion in 'Media, Interviews, Blogs, Talks, Events about XMRV' started by shrewsbury, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. shrewsbury

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    that is certainly some very strong wording
     
  3. Otis

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    I don't think the author of the title read the article as posted on Newser. That should say 'XMRV may be in blood supply'.

    The article also states: No tests for the virus have yet proven completely accurate, and, chillingly, researchers have suggested that XMRV is treatable with the same drugs used to combat HIV.

    I'm not sure what's chilling about HIV drugs possibly treating XMRV. This article/title is probably just a really bad summary of the WSJ article (or an aggregation application messing up in grand stype) but winds up being irresponsible dissemination of the "news".

    Otis
     
  4. cfs since 1998

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    LOL I wondered the same thing--I would say it is promising or hopeful not chilling! I left a comment anyway about CFS.
     
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    Thanks again IF!

    Islandfinn, you're on fire!

    Here's my take, CFS, Otis and Danib. It's welcome (and not at all surprising) news to us that we might be infected with a cousin of HIV. It's chilling to those who thought CFS was "nothing" - finally they're realizing just how seriously ill we have been all along.

    Chilling is great!

    Just chillin' here with my bone.:Retro smile:
     
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    I don't think the author of the title read the article as posted on Newser. That should say 'XMRV may be in blood supply'.

    The article also states: No tests for the virus have yet proven completely accurate, and, chillingly, researchers have suggested that XMRV is treatable with the same drugs used to combat HIV.

    I'm not sure what's chilling about HIV drugs possibly treating XMRV. This article/title is probably just a really bad summary of the WSJ article (or an aggregation application messing up in grand stype) but winds up being irresponsible dissemination of the "news".

    Otis
     
  7. usedtobeperkytina

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    Yes, they are finally catching our chills. Seems some retrovirologists have caught our fever.

    Tina
     
  8. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    It's been changed to:

    "Virus XMRV, Loosely Tied to Fatigue Syndrome and Cancer, May"

    I think the content is churned out pretty quickly "for patients and their families" and they just got lucky that such an official sounding domain happened to be available.
     
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    i'm with ya' Parvo, i feel the same way. i knew i was that sick, it isn't news to me.
    but i used to be in PR & i know media - that is strong wording, the type that is meant to get attention.
    can't decide if it's good or bad, but all PR is good PR i guess ...
     
  10. Otis

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    Islandfinn, despite his modesty, is definitely kicken butt and taking names. :victory:

    It was the screwy headline that did make me wonder about this article. The words 'HIV May Be in Blood Supply' do really jump out. I hope that didn't freak too make people out. Of course until we know how to deal with XMRV it's more dangerous to the blood supply than HIV given the lack of screening.

    But I'm happy to see some third tier news sites picking stories up, even in such an squirrely way.

    Parvo, maybe I need to take up the bone habit and chill right along with you. Woof! :Retro smile:

    Otis
     
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    it's sensationalistic journalism, not particularly ethical or accurate but not inaccurate either - just puttin a spin that makes it sound ominous. & that is ok, i guess, except as Otis said ... we aren't looking to freak people out, just give them the facts.
     
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    :thumbsup:

    Island Finn! Keep it coming!

    Part of me wishes I could do the research you do but the other part of me is thankful I can still (barely) work full time.

    A big thank you for all the great finds!

    ~ JT
     

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