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Posts Tagged ‘ME/CFS’

BHC Strives for Excellence

As asserted in our mission statement, the Bateman Horne Center envisions a world where patients with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia (FM) are readily diagnosed, effectively treated, and widely met with empathy and understanding. To achieve this vision, the BHC is progressing toward becoming a center of excellence for ME/CFS and FM, a process that was the…

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NIH Announces Precision Medicine Initiative

Research tends to neglect ME/CFS and FM – until right now. Precision medicine is the emerging scientific idea that medical treatment can and should be maximally efficient by tailoring medicine and healthcare to individual circumstances. Current research studies, however, do not have the size and diversity necessary to produce enough statistical power for individualized treatments.…

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Public Awareness of ME/CFS : A Changing Story

Millions are missing. This tragically summarizes the status of research funding for ME/CFS and FM, the staggering financial blow to the economy as patients and caregivers decrease or withdraw their workforce involvement, and most importantly, the millions of people who are missing from communities all over the world due to these debilitating diseases. For decades,…

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Navigating the School System with Chronic Illness

School can be an exceptionally challenging struggle for students with ME/CFS and FM. This May, in our monthly education meeting, guest speaker Doctor Lane Valum shared crucial strategies for how to work with, instead of against, the school system in getting students the help and resources they need for academic success.  IEP and 504 Plans…

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Building Communities of Understanding and Hope

“Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity,” reports Douglas Nemecek, MD, Chief Medical Officer of behavioral health in a major new study on loneliness that outlines the prevalence and significance of loneliness and social isolation, as well as a handful of coping…

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We See You. You are Not Missing to Us.

On May 12th, individuals around the globe will be celebrating International ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.  The May 12th date was chosen because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday and she was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a chronic disabling multi-system illness that remains misunderstood, underfunded in research, and even trivialized by some today.

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Accelerating ME/CFS Research Through Brain Donation

So often, people with ME/CFS are told to “get over it” since “it’s all in your head.” While this is devastatingly inaccurate, there is an unintended glimmer of truth here – the brain plays an important role in ME/CFS. According to Research Director Suzanne Vernon, “The brain is the command and control center. There is…

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Utah Jazz & Mountain America Credit Union “Pass It Along” to BHC

“Our entire team at Bateman Horne Center wishes to sincerely thank the Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union organizations for this meaningful and important gift,” said Rob Ence, Executive Director of Bateman Horne Center. “We appreciate the faith and support of those who were part of the selection process and will apply these resources effectively in our cutting edge research and clinical care with the quest of improving the lives of those with ME/CFS and FM.

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“Unrest” Panel Discussion

Jen Brea’s movie, Unrest, is bringing attention to the struggles that people with ME/CFS face. This award-winning film is available on Netflix, Amazon, and your local PBS station, and if you haven’t seen it yet, block out some time to take a look. Jen turns an unflinching camera on her life and the lives of…

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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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