XMRV, a retrovirus possibly linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
is there a new hope? (photo wikimedia commons)
XMRV, a retrovirus, has been linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is a great breakthrough for those who suffer from and those who study Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A study showed that 67% of those suffering with CFS had the virus compared to only 4% of those tested without CFS. While this has not proven it is the cause of CFS it is a great breakthrough in research that will help to find ways to treat and possibly prevent CFS.
So many people who have suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have been told by doctors that their tests show nothing wrong and that they have a psychosomatic disease. This new find could offer not only physical relief for those who suffer but also emotional and mental relief. In a disease that causes symptoms that, in the past, were hard to show a cause for many people have been made to feel that if they had more will power or more character they could make themselves get better. Those kinds of outside pressure can lead to depression and other mental complications for someone whose immune system has already been compromised. This new find will offer hope to so many.
The Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro Immune Disease is where the study was done. BBC News reported, "Dr Judy Mikovits, who led the study, said: 'It's a blood borne pathogen that we contract through body fluids and blood transmission.
'The symptoms of ME - chronic fatigue, immune deficiencies, chronic infections - are what we see with retroviruses.
'This discovery could be a major step in the discovery of vital treatment options for millions of patients.' (read more)"
According to yesterday's report from the National Institute of Health (NIH) "The virus, XMRV, was first identified by Robert H. Silverman, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, in men who had a specific immune system defect that reduced their ability to fight viral infections.
'The discovery of XMRV in two major diseases, prostate cancer and now chronic fatigue syndrome, is very exciting. If cause-and-effect is established, there would be a new opportunity for prevention and treatment of these diseases,' said Silverman, a co-author on the CFS paper. (read more)"
XMRV, a retrovirus is not an airborne virus which is good news. It is important that people recognize this so that there is not more negative stigma associated with CFS.
The medical director of WPI (Whittemore Peterson Institute), Dan Peterson, feels this find will offer hope to those who suffer from CFS. He is quoted by NIH as saying, "Patients with CFS deal with a myriad of health issues as their quality of life declines. I'm excited about the possibility of providing patients, who are positive for XMRV, a definitive diagnosis, and hopefully very soon, a range of effective treatments options."