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Wall Street Journal on Proof in Spinal Fluid that ME/CFS & Post Treatment Lyme are Real

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www.ProHealth.com • February 24, 2011


True to form, the Wall Street Journal’s ME/CFS research reporter Amy Dockser Marcus was quick to post on the Feb 23 release of news that a new testing technique shows ME/CFS and ‘post-treatment Lyme disease’ are distinct biological conditions, based on the unique profiles of proteins found in patients’ spinal fluid. (See “A Step Closer to Tests for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lyme Disease.”)

Summarizing the gist of the Feb 23 article in PLoS One (See “BREAKTHROUGH”), as well as interviews with the authors, other researchers analyzing ME/CFS spinal fluid samples, and CFIDS Association Scientific Director Suzanne Vernon (a consultant on the study), Dockser Marcus points out that:

• One goal now is to determine which of these proteins may be found in blood samples and serve as markers for the two illnesses (spinal taps are serious procedures),

• And ultimately to identify proteins that may “fuel the conditions.”




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