Diagnosis using a simple blood test

Griffith University in Queensland, Australia have announced that they have made a "breakthrough" in testing and are now looking for partners to bring a DIAGNOSTIC TEST to market! Could M.E finally be diagnosed with a simple, 'idiot proof' blood test?!!

The abstract of their paper is here - hindawi.com/journals/jir/20... and the news report is here - abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/... We need to bear in mind that they have only tested 23 patients, so a much larger study is needed to replicate their results but this could be promising! I read somewhere that they have already applied for patent.

"Professor Sonya Marshall Gradisnik says the research team is now looking to partner with diagnostic companies to develop the test to bring to market."

"Professor Don Staines says it could still take several years before a blood test becomes available in Australia."

The basics are:

Surface expressions of BTLA, CD127, and CD49/CD29 were *INCREASED* on subsets of CD8+ T cells from MS patients.

In the M.E patients, CD127 was significantly *DECREASED* on all subsets of CD8+ T cells, and PSGL-1 was significantly *REDUCED* in comparison to the non-fatigued controls.

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  • Finally a chance of shutting up the all in your head crowd with a test.

  • Haha, yes, it would be wonderful, wouldn't it?!

    Considering all the patients misdiagnosed with 'cfs' when they actually have something else that is potentially treatable, it would rule out all those with sleep apnoea, hypothyroidism, athletes over-training, anaemia, liver/renal disease, psychiatric states etc that muddy the waters so detrimentally and we'll finally have an accurate number of how many M.E sufferers there really are! :-)

  • Anti D's and stop pestering us all the time ended

    can't come soon enough for me

  • Institute of Medicine reviewed 9,000 research documents when changing CFS into SEID this research can add onto the body of evidence which has established and reproduced results in time.

  • Brings back memories of mailman.columbia.edu/public... there were greater numbers involved.

  • Good work considering the chronic lack of research funding in Australia around $1.6 million over ten years on a par with UK bio medical research forced into working with small research cohorts.

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