Monthly Archives: December 2016

“You’re young, healthy, thin – and nothing’s wrong with your heart”

Heart Sisters

Elissa and her family              Elissa and her family

Elissa is a busy 32-year old professional violinist, a mother of three, and a violin teacher who also teaches part-time at her local university. Last year, the northern Utah resident began experiencing unusual symptoms that seemed to be heart-related: chest pain, shortness of breath and crushing fatigue.

These symptoms were so alarming that she knew she needed to seek medical help. See if you can spot the red flag as she tells her story . . .

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Case report: Alison Hunter

ME Australia

By Christine Hunter

For the past decade patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome have been shamefully mistreated due to government policy failure and lack of medical education.

Case Report by Sukocheva et al.BMC Infectious Diseases (2016) 16:165, Coxiella burnetii dormancy in a fatal ten year multisystem dysfunctional illness: case report.

Routine autopsy findings in 1996 were limited. Assurance was given that formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue blocks could be retained for 30 plus years for examination when ME/CFS biomedical research had progressed. Frozen tissues also retained were lost in freezer breakdown in 2000.  

At the 2005 ME/CFS meeting in Adelaide, paediatrician Dr Katherine Rowe reported that she always tested for Q fever if young people with CFS have had contact with farms. In 2009/10 it was requested due to frequent farm visits that the autopsy tissue blocks should be tested for Q fever.

Detailed neuropathology studies commenced in…

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