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Clinical Care

BHC Program and Research Update

BHC’s mission is to empower patients, advance research, and improve clinical care. What is happening to further those goals? At the November education meeting, Dr. Lucinda Bateman and Dr. Suzanne Vernon shared updates on the programs BHC is developing to ensure that this mission is accomplished.  Highlights include development of a patient education program to empower patients, a practitioner education program that will improve clinical care, and implementation of a major research grant to advance the search for biomarkers.

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ME/CFS and Related Illness: Putting It All Together

Understanding how ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia are related to and affected by other illnesses is key in helping patients find relief from symptoms. At the BHC Education Meeting in October, Dr. Nathan Holladay gave a broad view of the key aspects of the various problems that can cause these diseases or make them worse, including infections, immune system issues, and mitochondrial, metabolic, and endocrine dysfunction. Making the connections between these illnesses can help doctors and patients decide on customized treatment methods rather than “one-size-fits-all” treatments.

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Building the Ranks of Skillful and Informed Medical Providers

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BHC Strategies for Bringing Doctors up to Speed on ME/CFS and FM  presented by Lucinda Bateman, MD, BHC Founder and Medical Director Improving the way medical providers understand, diagnose, and treat ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia is critical to progress and  a primary focus of the Bateman Horne Center. At the August 2nd BHC Education Meeting, Dr. Bateman shared her…

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Welcome to the Microorganism Hotel

Gut Microbes

Gut Microbes and ME/CFS   Theresa Dowell is a family nurse practitioner and physical therapist. She has suffered from CFS for 12 years. It was her experiences as a CFS patient that motivated her to start a medical clinic in Flagstaff, Arizona dedicated solely to the treatment of Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyaglia. She comes to…

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CFSAC Education Workgroups Seeking Patient Input

CFSAC Feedback Surveys

BHC has converted their questions into a simple online questionnaire The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Assistant Secretary for Health on issues related to myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Administrative and management support for CFSAC is provided by…

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NASA 10-Minute Lean Test

10 Minute Lean Test

A Simple Way to Assess Orthostatic Intolerance On June 7, 2017, at the monthly BHC Education Meeting, Pelle Wall, BHC Research Coordinator, reviewed the procedure and shared information about the research underway. Orthostatic intolerance (OI) is an umbrella term used to describe abnormal autonomic nervous system response to orthostatic challenge.  Orthostatic hypotension (OH), neurally mediated hypotension (NMH) [or…

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4 Tips to Improve Doctor-Patient Communication

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Effective doctor-patient communication is critical to building a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship, which is at the heart of delivering high-quality healthcare. When there is open and productive communication, doctors and patients are more effective in exchanging information, patients have greater comprehension of their medical issues, and they are more empowered in decision making about their own…

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Guest Post: Student Seeking Feedback from ME/CFS Patients

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Brooke Denmark, a student working on her Masters in Social Work, contacted the Bateman Horne Center asking us to share her thesis research questionnaire in order to garner feedback from those living with ME/CFS.  Your participation as a research participants merely involves responding to an online questionnaire. The Bateman Horne Center was not involved in the creation…

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A Report of Clinical Progress in 2016

Improved objective diagnosis and the ability to assess treatment outcomes, has made many aspects of MECFS and FM appear before my eyes. I am committed to infusing the medical community with this information to dramatically improve patient diagnosis and treatment. Careful observation of 10 minute NASA Lean test results as part of the CDC multisite…

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Simple Way to Assess Orthostatic Intolerance

10 Minute Lean Test

NASA 10 Minute Lean Test* Orthostatic intolerance (OI) is an umbrella term used to describe abnormal autonomic nervous system response to orthostatic challenge.  Orthostatic hypotension (OH), neurally mediated hypotension (NMH) [or neurogenic hypotension] and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) are terms used to describe variants of this response.  The new evidence-based IOM clinical criteria for…

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