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In This Issue
From the CEO
News & Notes
From the CEO's Desk
We're hearing from readers about our new SolveCFS publication, with positive feedback and constructive critiques. CEO Kim McCleary provides some ideas about places to locate content you might be missing from the Chronicle format.
Association-funded researchers continue marking progress with peer-reviewed publications. In July, Dr. Ben Katz was the lead author on an article published in Pediatrics about CFS following acute Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. His patient group is also being studied by Dr. Gordon Broderick.
Another study just out in the Journal of Pain by Drs. Alan and Kathy Light may identify a blood biomarker for a subset of CFS patients. Dr. Suzanne Vernon describes the study and its exciting findings.
1,200 patients participated in our online Symptom Survey. Dr. Suzanne Vernon presents some early results of what respondents said about factors they believe made them sick and factors that contribute to their symptoms over time.
Several published studies highlight the negative effects of exertion on CFS patients.
Learning to pace activity is a key strategy to reduce the push-crash cycle of overactivity and relapse. It may also help reduce spikes of certain chemicals in the body that provoke symptoms. Bruce Campbell, PhD, shares ways to identify and maximize the energy you have.
Conserving energy in every day tasks can help reserve your energy for more enjoyable activities. Here's a list of tips from a past issue of the CFIDS Chronicle.
This month, members of Congress will be back in home districts/states and many will hold "town meetings" or "listening sessions" for constituents. Take advantage of local opportunities to get CFS on the record.
The bill that funds medical research is the largest non-defense spending bill considered by Congress. Click here to read language about CFS programs just passed by the Senate.
The CFIDS Association has joined the Alliance for Taxpayer Access as part of its effort to "free the data" on CFS that has been created by CDC and other agencies using public funds. Ask your U.S. Senators to support the Federal Research Public Access Act.
Stories from two women in Japan, Ms. Kazue Hirano and Ms. Motoko Habara, illustrate how similar their experiences are to Americans living with CFS.
We invited Association Facebook fans to share their favorite memory aids with readers.
Here are some tips for keeping track of appointments, meds and other daily tasks.
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News & Notes
SolveCFS, our new print publication, was mailed to donors and members on June 22.
You can request a copy be mailed to you by sending a message to email@example.com, or you can read it (and recent updates) online.
The "Faces of CFS" traveling exhibit has three stops this fall. Check out the dates and locations for upcoming venues near Detroit, Nashville and San Diego.
A decision on approval for Ampligen has been delayed again due to staffing issues at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). According to a July 22 report, the drug's manufacturer expects to receive word on the application to market the drug for CFS this fall. If approved, it will be the first for CFS.
We're updating our H1N1 guide as new info is issued. CDC is making recommendations about the flu vacine that prioritize people with chronic conditions.