Christmas may have come early for the millions of people around the world affected by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also erroneously called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
As reported yesterday (it’s Australia and the 23rd) by Sue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter for News Corp Australia, scientists have confirmed ME is real. They not only have a possible blood test for it, but there are already drugs on the market that may work.
A team of scientists at Griffith University, led by immunology professor Sonya Marshall Gradisnik, identified errors in calcium channels in each cell. These channels located on the outer membrane open and close to allow movement of calcium in and out of the cell. Calcium is used by just about every cell in the body and is an important part of the immune system.
Calcium Channel Dysfunction
According to the study, patients with ME have lower levels of calcium in our cells and our cells do not store calcium as do healthy people. The immunologists believe this is the basis for the many different signs (things you can see and measure) and symptoms )(what you feel) that are a part of having ME.
Calcium signaling is vital to proper functioning of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), the pancreas (insulin production), kidneys, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, blood vessels and the heart. Some cardiac patients take medications to help regulate their calcium channels, and these are being examined as a potential treatment.
A test may be developed from micro RNA changes found in the blood.
What do you think? Will this be another XMRV retrovirus that appears promising when reported out of one lab, but cannot be replicated in other labs and finally ends with a whimper?
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