"It is (ME/CFS) like some great constricting snake that denies its victims the final convulsion." Llewellyn King

"A CFS patient feels the same or worse than congestive heart failure. The same or worse than late stage AIDS." Nancy Klimas: View video here.

"A CFS patient feels every day significantly the same as an AIDS patient feels two months before death." Dr. Mark Loveless, AIDS and CFS researcher, in a statement to congress on CFS Awareness day, May 12th, 1995.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The National Cancer Institute, with Mikovits and Ruscetti, finds XMRV in CFS patients with antibody and new serology tests

Title says it all, and it's Great news!

XMRV Global Action: The National Cancer Institute, with Mikovits and Ruscetti, finds XMRV in CFS patients with antibody and new serology tests

Dr. Sandra Ruscetti Dr. Ruscetti is the head of the Retroviral Pathogenesis Section, Laboratory of Cancer Prevention. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh studying the genetic control of the immune response with Dr. Thomas Gill. In 1975, she joined the laboratories of Drs. Wade Parks and Edward Scolnick at NCI and began her work on the pathogenesis of mouse retroviruses. 

"We are currently using knowledge and reagents obtained from working with mouse retroviruses to study the xenotropic MuLV-related human retrovirus XMRV, which was recently discovered through an association with prostate cancer. In collaboration with the laboratories of Judy Mikovits and Frank Ruscetti, we were able to use antibodies developed against the envelope protein of SFFV to detect infectious XMRV in the blood cells and plasma of patients suffering from the neuroimmune disease chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). We were further able to develop a seroconversion assay using cells expressing the SFFV envelope protein to detect antibodies against the virus in the plasma of CFS patients. We now plan to apply our knowledge of the pathogenesis of mouse retroviruses that cause cancer and neurological disease in rodents to study the molecular basis for similar diseases associated with XMRV. We are in the process of developing rodent models for determining the biological effects of XMRV in vivo, which if successful will provide a small animal model for preclinical testing of potential anti-XMRV drugs. In addition, we are testing both in vitro and in vivo the biological effects of the envelope protein of XMRV, which like its related SFFV counterpart may be responsible for the pathogenicity of XMRV. " Quote from Dr. Ruscetti

Full details here at The National Cancer Institute

Thank you NCI and WPI, for keeping the momentum going!

CROI: Secrets of Novel Retrovirus Unfolding: A Must Read

Please read, as well as watch the video on the linked url. The study speaks volumes.

Friday Press Conference from the 17th CROI in San Francisco

Monday, February 15, 2010

Magical Medicine: How to make a disease disappear

"I hope you are not saying that (ME)CFS patients are not as ill as HIV patients.  I split my clinical time between the two illnesses, and I can tell you that if I had to choose between the two illnesses (in 2009) I would rather have HIV” 
(Dr. Nancy Klimas, one of the world’s foremost AIDS and ME/CFS physicians; Professor of Medicine and Immunology, University of Miami; New York Times, 15th October 2009) [First page in the PDF below]