Skip to comments.Further Evidence of an XMRV-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Connection?
Posted on 06/30/2010 9:09:51 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
A report that a respected NIH expert supported an association between the XMRV virus and chronic fatigue syndrome is causing a buzz among CFS patient activists, researchers and clinicians.
According to a press release issued by a Dutch magazine, one of the slides presented at a recent workshop in Zagreb by Harvey Alter, chief of the infectious disease section at the NIHs clinical center, supports the link between XMRV and CFS reported last year in Science.
This is significant because studies published later by other groups have produced conflicting results. Alter is a well-known figure in the infectious-disease world; his research helped lead to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus.
Its what weve been waiting for, says Annette Whittemore, head of the Whittemore Peterson Institute in Reno, whose scientists were investigators on the Science paper. Her team went out to celebrate the report, although she says, I want to see [the data] published. She tells the Health Blog she is hoping that confirmation of her scientists work will help drive more funding to XMRV research.
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The heartfelt comments on this blog post by fellow CFS sufferers are consistent with my experience of the illness. This is big news!
For the general population, all should be concerned regarding the infection of the worldwide blood supply by XMRV.
Fascinating stuff- it is always good to see medicine get back to “science” instead of guesswork and treating patients like hypochondriacs and/or just throwing pills at the symptoms without looking for the cause and treating it.
BREAKING UPDATE JUNE 30, 2010:
Two groups of researchers studying a potential link between chronic-fatigue syndrome and a virus called XMRV have reached contradictory conclusions, according to people familiar with the findings.
One group found a link, and the other didn’t.
Their reports were held from publication after being accepted by two science journalsa rare move that has caused a stir among scientists in the field.
Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health, including NIH infectious-disease specialist Harvey Alter, recently finished research that came to a conclusion similar to that of the Science paperthat XMRV, or xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus, is found in the blood of chronic-fatigue syndrome patients.
The paper was accepted for publication in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America but is on hold, according to Ashley Truxon, media coordinator for the journal. She had no further comment.
Separately, scientists at the CDC, led by microbiologist William Switzer, concluded in a paper in another journal, Retrovirology, that they couldn’t find XMRV in the blood of people with chronic-fatigue syndrome, according to people familiar with the situation.
Kuan-Teh Jeang, editor-in-chief of Retrovirology, said the Switzer paper went through peer review and was accepted for publication when he got a call from the authors earlier this month. They asked that the Retrovirology paper be held.
“My understanding was HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] wanted to get it straightened out. Both reports are from different branches of the government,” Dr. Jeang said.
In an email between scientists familiar with the situation, viewed by the Wall Street Journal, a researcher said the two teams were asked to put their papers on hold because senior public-health officials wanted to see consensusor at least an explanation of how and why the papers reached different conclusions, said the people familiar with the situation.
A spokesman for Department of Health and Human Services said the research was being reviewed. “All of these activities need to be completed in order to ensure HHS’s commitment to the accuracy and relevancy of the scientific information it reports.’’
I have opened a new thread with the dispute detailed in the WSJ blog June 30 between the two US government studies:
Ping to you!