Article: Implications of XMRV for those caring for ME/CFS patients?

CBS

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I don't have access to the entire article. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone that does. I did find the last sentence n the abstract to be quite telling. Patients are not the only group to be concerned about the slow pace of XMRV research. I wonder how much a topic of conversation this is amongst those in the nursing profession. Glad to see the interest. Saddened at the thought of those caring for us getting sick because of the actions and inaction of self-serving officials on government agencies.

Br J Nurs, 010 Jul 22-Aug 4;19(14):919-22.
XMRV: does this virus hold the key to myalgic encephalomyelitis/CFS?

Crowhurst G.
Abstract

In October 2009 a team of researchers from the Whittemore Peterson Institute, in association with the National Cancer Institute and the Cleveland Clinic in the USA, made a discovery that could potentially open the door to useful treatments for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The researchers, led by Judy Mikovits, discovered a significant correlation between ME/CFS and an infectious retrovirus called xenotropic murine leukaemia virus-related virus (XMRV). XMRV is classified as a gammaretrovirus, belonging to the same broad family as HIV, but more closely related to a group of viruses that cause cancers such as leukaemia. XMRV is the first member of the gammaretrovirus genus of retroviruses to be found in humans; the research to fully understand the connection between ME/CFS and XMRV, as well as what it means to have the virus, is ongoing. The disastrous impact of AIDS on human health has significantly raised the profile of retroviruses as human pathogens, and XMRV has potentially serious health implications not only for patients, but also for those caring for people with ME/CFS.

PMID: 20647985 [PubMed - in process]
 

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Hi CBS

I also think it is interesting that this appears to be a British journal. I guess the biopsychosocial people don't consider nursing journals to be a threat, or aren't involved in the review process?

Bye
Alex
 

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Hi CBS

I also think it is interesting that this appears to be a British journal. I guess the biopsychosocial people don't consider nursing journals to be a threat, or aren't involved in the review process?

Bye
Alex
Hah! The biopsychosocial people are SMART and IMPORTANT people whose TIME IS VALUABLE. They don't waste their time with menial and petty little nurse concerns.
Sick [feeling cynical this morning]