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M.E. in the media: immune system confused by bacteria?

April 25, 2016

Anorexia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may have similar pathologies, and be caused by bacteria which confuse the immune system, writes Sarah Knapton in the Telegraph. Dr Quenton Wessels, of Lancaster University, says the diseases begin when the body encounters a certain bacteria and switch on an immune response which accidentally begins to attack healthy parts of the body.

The researchers point to the fact that women are far more susceptible to auto-immune diseases, where the body’s own immune system begins to attack healthy cells. Likewise women are around ten times more likely to suffer from anorexia, IBS and CFS, suggesting the cause may be similar.

Elsewhere, an article in Cotswold Life magazine says that Britannia Construction is supporting Action for M.E. throughout 2016. The partnership came about after employee Louise Dunn highlighted the charity’s vital work raising awareness of the chronic, disabling condition, M.E., which Louise was diagnosed with in September 2015.