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Not Without ME

A Research Update On May 3rd, at the monthly BHC Education Meeting, Linda Avey and Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD discussed their cutting-edge research collaboration. Linda described how her team is working together with the Bateman Horne Center to track data, chart experiences and find patient-generated answers using Precise.ly.  Suzanne shared the results of an ME/CFS…

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Living With a Partner Who Has ME/CFS or FM

Chronic illness and marriage is a complicated combination. It’s rare to see  or hear a healthy spouse’s perspective on their partner’s disease because it is a topic that can be very difficult – as much for the one speaking as for the one hearing it. With an estimated divorce rate as high as 75% among…

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4 Tips to Improve Doctor-Patient Communication

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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Tips for Carepartners

When Someone You Love has ME/CFS or FM There are many diseases that can be considered invisible, but there are substantial differences in how individuals are viewed culturally and socially, depending on their diagnoses. Diabetes, lupus, MS, and others can be invisible illnesses, but few would ever question the limitations of someone with one of…

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Novel Gene Variants in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

Presented by Alan R. Light, PhD. In February 2017, Dr. Light began a new NIH-funded research grant, Novel Gene Variants in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. This is a continuation of earlier work which discovered a number of novel variants in both chromosomal and mitochondrial genes that could contribute to the symptoms found in patients. This talk…

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What’s the Buzz – January 2017

Buzz – January 2017: We scoured the Internet to bring you a list of news articles, blogs and research publications we think you’ll find interesting for this month’s What’s the Buzz post.   On January 27th, the NIH made two big announcements of federal funding for ME/CFS collaborative research centers and Data Management and Coordinating Centers. While some feel the…

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Redefining POTS so that Everybody Understands

“Redefining POTS so that everybody understands: a primary care pediatric sports medicine perspective and review” Presented by Dr. Craig Colebey   Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS is a disabling disorder, representing “a common pathway” for multiple different causes.  The heterogenous nature of its pathophysiology presents a challenge in its diagnosis and treatment.  I present…

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Holiday Survival Guide

  Living with ME/CFS and FM changes most everything, including how we celebrate the holidays. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, or a loved one, is a ‘free pass’ on the guilt you may be tempted take on when you are unable to do it all. We all want a happy…

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Keeping It Clean: Clean and Dirty Suffering

presented by Timothy Weymann, LCSW Life – and chronic illness – has an inherent level of difficulty (i.e., “Clean Suffering”). The natural difficulties of life often trigger conscious and subconscious responses from us; responses we believe will help us solve our concerns. If we fail to critically identify, evaluate and intentionally select our responses to…

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Overcome Fear After Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia can be quite a blow. Being afraid is one of the most common reactions to forced changes, but it isn’t something you should let consume your life. It’s normal to experience a range of emotions in the wake of such a diagnosis. However, you…

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