ME Research UK – March 2024 e-newsletter

Additional findings from ME Research UK-funded studies

Dr Leighton Barnden and his team at Griffith University have recently published more findings from their ME Research UK-funded study using advanced imaging techniques to look at brain abnormalities in people with ME/CFS. Dr Barnden explains more about his research in a short video. Dr Sarah Annesley and colleagues also published a review article discussing potential shared pathological mechanisms between ME/CFS and long COVID, and whether insights from ME/CFS research might be used to illuminate long COVID, and vice versa.

Dr Leighton Barnden (middle) and team
Sarah Annesley

Research articles

Throughout March, we have continued to keep our supporters informed on a wide range of topics:

Epstein-Barr virus and ME/CFS – The facts
Many individuals report that glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis) preceded their ME/CFS onset. We explore Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus behind glandular fever, and theories about how it is linked with ME/CFS.

The link between the gut microbiome and ME/CFS
Digestive disorders are common amongst people with ME/CFS, therefore, of interest, is a review study which aimed to enhance understanding of the role the gut microbiome – the trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, within the gut.

Sleep and ME/CFS
15th March was World Sleep Day – an annual event which aims to raise awareness about sleep-related issues and promote better prevention and management of sleep disorders. Most people with ME/CFS report having difficulties with sleep, and studies reveal correlation between poor sleep quality and reduced quality of life in ME/CFS.

Other topics explored in March include ‘brain fog’ and the blood brain barrier, severe ME/CFS in children and young people, the recent NIH ME/CFS deep phenotyping study, and NICE’s response to claims of “a controversial U-turn” on GET and CBT.

Movement for Good – Nominate us for free
Be sure to nominate ME Research UK again for the latest Benefact Group Movement for Good draw to give us a chance at winning £1,000. Also, next month (22nd – 26th April) there will be a Health Super Draw of £5000 from nominations received.

To make the process quicker, ‘copy and paste’ our charity number SC036942 into the box provided –

Fundraising for ME Research UK

We wish good luck to ‘Team Carrier’ and Matt Trimby running in the adidas Manchester marathon and staff at Highfield Vets, Sheffield, taking part in Sheffield half marathon.

Matt Trimby and his mum, Sue

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