July 06, 2016
A growing body of research is providing more evidence that M.E./CFS is “absolutely a real, physiological illness,” says Dr. Alison Bested, a hematological pathologist who has spent 25 years helping patients with the disease, in an article for Canadian website The Star.
Our CEO Sonya Chowdhury has been quoted in an article written by our marathon runner Katy Fallon, whose mother and brother have both fallen ill with M.E., about how more women are affected by the illness than men. She said: “Four times more women than men live with the complex and disabling symptoms of M.E.; we know that a considerable majority of individuals with M.E. are forced to stop or reduce paid work… and one in five told us that it has affected their decision to have children."
A new study by researchers from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, asks whether altered gut microbiomes – the population of microbes in the intestine - could be the biological cause of M.E./CFS after it was discovered that patients diagnosed with CFS who took part in their study have an altered gut microbiome.