Stanford ME/CFS Initiative

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Stanford ME/CFS Initiative is under the Direction of Jose Montoya MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Stanford University.

The initiative is dedicated to studying infection-associated chronic diseases.

Mission Statement[edit | edit source]

To become a center of excellence that improves the health of patients with chronic diseases in which infection or its immune response plays a major etiologic role. To provide leadership, facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration, make new discoveries, and educate in the field of infection-associated chronic diseases.[1]

Aim

Our primary aim is to study the roles that infection and the immune response play in the symptoms of patients suffering from chronic, unexplained diseases.[1]

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Chronic fatigue syndrome: Stanford Medical Minutes with Dr Montoya

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Radiology researchers have discovered that the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have diminished white matter and white matter abnormalities in the right hemisphere.[2]
The scientists found differences in both the white matter, the long, cablelike nerve structures that transmit signals between parts of the brain, and the gray matter, the regions where these signals are processed and interpreted.[3]
Note: Top scans show Control Patients, bottom scans show ME/CFS patients
The incessant fatigue characterized by chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that affects between one and four million Americans is often quite difficult to diagnose. But a new study, which found three distinct differences between the brains of patients with CFS and those of healthy people, promises to revolutionize diagnosis and provide insight into the underlying mechanisms of the condition.[4]

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  1. 1.01.1 "Stanford Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". ME/CFS Initiative. Retrieved Feb 8, 2019. 
  2. 2.02.1 Goldman, Bruce (Oct 2014). "Study finds brain abnormalities in chronic fatigue patients". Stanford Medicine News Center. Retrieved Jan 21, 2019. 
  3. Tuller, David (Nov 24, 2014). "Brains of People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Offer Clues About Disorder". New York Times: WELL. Retrieved Jan 21, 2019. 
  4. 4.04.1 Iyer, Shweta (Oct 29, 2014). "Chronic Fatigue Patients Suffer 3 Major Brain Abnormalities: Findings May Lead to Clearer Diagnosis". privatehealthcarereports.com. Retrieved Jan 21, 2019. 
  5. "Right Arcuate Fasciculus Abnormality in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". pubs.rsna.org. Oct 29, 2014. doi:10.1148/radiol.14141079. Retrieved Feb 8, 2019. 
  6. Chu, Lily; Valencia, Ian J.; Garvert, Donn W.; Montoya, Jose G. (Jan 14, 2019). "Onset patterns and course of myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome". Frontiers in Pediatrics. doi:10.3389/fped.2019.00012. 

chronic disease - a disease or condition that usually lasts for 3 months or longer and may get worse over time

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

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