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How Much Can People With ME Stand?

Friday 7 September 2018


From ME Australia:


How Much Can People With ME Stand?

How much can people with ME stand?

Author: ME news Australia
Date: August 6, 2018

Australian researchers have literally measured how long people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis can stand up. The study shows the length of time patients can stand up may be a useful measure of ME severity, and easy to do in clinical environments. The study also confirmed an earlier finding that Activin B is a potential biomarker for ME.

Scientists looked the weighted standing time (WST) as a measure of illness severity, by assessing orthostatic intolerance. Orthostatic intolerance is where symptoms are made worse by upright posture and improve when lying down, including symptoms such as low blood pressure and increased heart rate.

Victoria’s CFS Discovery Clinic recruited 45 people with ME and 17 healthy controls between 2011 and 2013. The Canadian Consensus Criteria was used, as the authors said “this study commenced just prior to the publication of the International Criteria; therefore, it continued with diagnosis by the Canadian Criteria for the project duration”. One of the authors of the paper, Dr Don Lewis, is an author of the Canadian and International Consensus Criteria.

Weighting of orthostatic intolerance time measurements with standing difficulty score stratifies ME/CFS symptom severity and analyte detection‘ was published in the Journal of Translational Medicine, April 2018.


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