By Adrianne Tillman
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Some of the studies mentioned during the conference:
- The Montoya Study showed that there is systemic inflammation present in the participants with ME/CFS with an progressive increase of inflammation from the mild to severe patients.
- On the Spectrum: Autism and ME/CFS
- Studies show that there is reduced diversity in the gut microbiome between people with ME/CFS and healthy controls. Patients have often asked whether or not they should get a fecal transplant, but there is not enough data to give a definitive answer, explained Maureen Hanson, PhD, at Cornell University.
- Hanson has collaborated on another study showing disturbances in the fatty acid and lipid metabolism affecting three pathways: fat metabolism; energy and sugar metabolism; and amino acid and purine metabolism. The same study shows that plasma glucose is lower in people with ME.Learn more about this study by listening to Dr. Hanson’s talk at 1 hr 58 minutes.
- Preliminary studies found that nearly all of the ME participants had mutations in their mitochondrial genes not seen in healthy controls, according to a study done by Alan Light, PhD, University of Utah. (The study involved looked at the genes of 40 patients with ME/CFS and/or Fibromyalgia. There were 31 controls.)
- Sweden is measuring the cerebrospinal fluid in patients using a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) machine. Samples from the cerebrospinal fluid can show what’s happening in the central nervous system more clearly.
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