Article is about ME/CFS Dr Mark Davis, Dr Jose Montoya and Dr Lipkin among others.
And then there is the stigma associated with the condition; some NIH grant reviewers are reluctant to fund research because they believe that ME/CFS is a psychosomatic, “all in the head,” disorder. (To remedy this, the NIH recently created a special emphasis panel so that researchers familiar with the condition review grant applications.)
It's news to me! Well spotted Sasha. Like you say, this is welcome news, if it works!
He then reaches into another stack of paper and pulls out the Dec. 19, 2008, issue of Immunity. It is a poke-in-the-eye to fellow immunologists, an essay titled, “A Prescription for Human Immunology.”
In this oft-quoted paper, he describes immunology as a field known for its “impenetrable jargon, byzantine complexity and acrimonious disputes.”
Interpretation may depend on your definition of 'researchers familiar with the condition' though - it getting a mention in this article suggests people with a biological outlook but does anyone know for sure? psychiatrists could fit this definition if you have certain viewpoints.It's news to me! Well spotted Sasha. Like you say, this is welcome news, if it works!
According to the ICC I think ME can be "atypical" if there's no PEM at all, or if there is PEM but it isn't in response to physical exertion.Does anyone know what the difference between classical and atypical ME/CFS is? Is it sudden infectious onset vs slow onset? Neurologic or non-neurologic symptoms?
Compulsory Post-Exertional Neuroimmune Exhaustion
3 Neurological : 1 symptom from 3 symptom categories
3 Immune/gastro-intestinal/genitourinary : 1 symptom from 3 symptom categories
1 Energy metabolism/ion transportation : 1 symptom
Atypical Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: meets criteria for PENE but has a limit of two less than required of
the remaining criterial symptoms. Pain or sleep disturbance may be absent in rare cases.
One subtype variation is Atypical ME/CFS, which is defined as 3 or more months of fatigue, but missing more than one classic ME/CFS symptoms.
As researchers gain a better understanding of this system, he’d [Davis] like to develop a new set of metrics for immune system health that communicates more of a continuum of health rather than a black-and-white declaration.
Montoya’s chronic illness initiative is the largest project in the HIMC [Human Immune Monitoring Center] at this time, and the complexity of the task ahead is daunting.