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Scientists develop home-testing kit for ME

Wednesday 3 June 2009

Test tubesFollowing on from our previous news item about Prof Kenny De Meirleir's announcement, the UK's Daily Mail reports on an ME/CFS testing kit created by Prof De Meirleir:

Scientists develop home-testing kit for ME

Scientists have developed a £13 home-testing kit which they claim will help identify people suffering from myalgic encephalopathy (ME).

The urine test checks for certain bacteria and toxins based on the theory that the illness is strongly linked to those particular strains and a build up of toxins in the body.

You can read the full article here.

There's also an article about it in the UK's Telegraph:

Simple £13 test 'could be used to diagnose patients with ME'

A simple £13 test could be used to diagnose patients with Myalgic encephalopathy (ME), scientists believe, and potentially offer hopes of treatment for many.

The researchers believe that the condition, thought to affect around 250,000 people in Britain, is triggered by an overabundance of certain bacteria in the gut and a build-up of toxins in the body.

Prof Kenny De Meirleir, from Vrije University, in Brussels, who created the new test, said that these bacteria, in combination with metals like mercury, stimulate the creation of high levels of a gas, Hydrogen Sulphate, in the body.

You can read that article here.

In the meantime, Ciaran Farrell has written an article entitled "Testing Prof. Kenny De Meirleir's Test" which is a direct response to the Telegraph's article.

 


 

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