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"New Fibromyalgia Blood Test is 99% Accurate"

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia' started by Kyla, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Kyla

    Kyla ᴀɴɴɪᴇ ɢꜱᴀᴍᴩᴇʟ

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    http://nationalpainreport.com/new-fibromyalgia-blood-test-is-99-accurate-8821072.html

    Anyone know anything about this or whether this "99% accurate" test is hype or the real deal?
    It says there is a journal article with the results coming "in the next few months"

    Surprised this is the first I've heard of it as I think quite a few on here have co-morbid FM?


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    Esther12 Senior Member

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    As it's from 2013, I'd assume it's not held up? Not sure though. I vaguely remember this from the first time around, but then we didn't hear anything more about it.
     
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    Valentijn Senior Member

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    It's probably being grossly over-hyped for commercial reasons.

    Basically they're saying that a pattern of lab results diagnoses FM, based solely on one or maybe two research papers which they have produced. This really is not even close to being a proper diagnostic test yet. Especially since it relies largely on cytokines, which tend to be all over the place in various disease with an inflammatory component.

    For comparison, we've had dozens of papers showing cytokine abnormalities in ME/CFS. But they aren't nearly consistent enough to say that any specific pattern gives a firm "yes" or "no" for individual diagnosis, though they do show objective proof of biomedical dysfunction.

    In addition to a lot more replication, they need to compare it to a lot of other diseases. It's not good enough to just say that it's not the same pattern as they have seen in RA or Lupus.
     
  4. Kyla

    Kyla ᴀɴɴɪᴇ ɢꜱᴀᴍᴩᴇʟ

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    Ah. Didn't notice it was cytokines.
    I think probably didn't pan out if no one has heard anything more about it.

    might be interesting to know if their cytokine results are consistent or divergent with the ones in ME/CFS. Since there are a lot of attempts to lump them together.
     
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    Snowdrop Rebel without a biscuit

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  6. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years Hoarder of biscuits

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    The test is available at https://thefibromyalgiatest.com.
    https://thefibromyalgiatest.com/?p=7956
    Before anyone jumps on that, please read the comments by Fred Wolfe:
    http://www.fmperplex.com/2013/02/25/junk-science-junk-ethics/#comment-334

    The comments continue at http://www.fmperplex.com/2013/02/25/junk-science-junk-ethics/#comment-334
     
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