April 21, 2011


me+ME: Some good news: Grant for biomedical research into ME/CFS

Another brief update (after the earlier one today about my site and assembly):

Here is an interesting file on Phoenix Rising on some of the material that was presented in the following workshop (direct link - which currently doesn't work like it did, I found)

which I briefly wrote about in

The Phoenix Rising file is here, with the title given:

This summarizes three speakers of the workshop, with most of the interest focused on the first one treated, Gordon Broderick, who - surprise! - (I quote the article just linked) got:

awarded a $4 million grant that may very well may be, when all is said and done, the largest single ME/CFS research grant ever.

This surely is good news, for it is a lot of money, and Gordon Broderick's research, that is explained in the last link, and that looks quite interesting and promising, also already has some new interesting results, explained in the last linked article.

(Tip: If the lettering of the last link appears small, that is because it was set small: You can increase it when you have a 3-wheel mouse with a scroll wheel by pressing Ctrl while at the same time scrolling forward, while decreasing the font happens by scrolling backwards, also when the Ctrl key is pressed. This should work in any case on any site, if it works at all.)

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence".
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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