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Wits_End
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« on: April 26, 2017, 05:15:34 PM »

Courtesy of the ME Association, a link to an article in today's Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/e79b3816-29e9-11e7-9d2e-96f2194e0ac4 (behind a paywall, but you can access 2 articles per week free of charge)
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 09:31:03 PM »

Thank you, Wits End - here is the link to the actual study
https://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-017-0261-y
Fecal metagenomic profiles in subgroups of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome

Some of that is a bit technical so here is the link to the ME Association post on it
http://www.meassociation.org.uk/2017/04/gut-bacteria-linked-to-chronic-fatigue-full-article-and-link-to-published-study-the-times-26-april-2017/
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 10:04:20 AM »

Looks interesting, but my gut feeling is that this is just looking at a symptom of ME rather than the cause. Once your immune system begins playing up, it makes sense that your gut bacteria would also follow suit (since the gut is an important part of the immune system). I doubt this will lead to any kind of cure, but it's interesting if it can lead to a biomarker.
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 10:57:23 AM »

Interesting yes, but whilst it's certainly possible that an immune system issue might cause gut bacteria problems, it might also be the reverse.
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