BHC Continuing Medical Education Course on ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

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In addition to treating patients, one of the major initiatives at Bateman Horne Center is to educate clinicians, researchers, and patients about ME/CFS. On April 27, BHC will be offering continuing medical education (CME) for clinicians on ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, taught by Dr. Lucinda Bateman. Clinicians are required to do a certain amount of CME to retain their medical licenses, and this course will earn clinicians 4 CME credits.

Clinicians who attend will learn about the major presenting features of ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, how exercise affects people with these conditions, and how to help patients identify their activity tolerance, among other topics. As a follow-up to the CME course, clinicians will also get information about the research that BHC participates in, and how they can refer patients to BHC for research projects.

For the full CME event flyer, click here. 

ME/CFS Feature Article in ASBMB Today

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ASBMB Today ME/CFS Cover Story; Credit: asbmb.org

A feature article on ME/CFS was recently published in the current issue of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Today. The article, which is the cover story for the March 2018 issue, describes the long and complex history of misdiagnosis and lack of support that patients face when suffering from ME/CFS, and focuses on Lizzie Mooney, a 12-year old girl who has been sick for several years and is unable to attend school or even leave the house more than once a week.

The article discusses the lack of federal funding for research on ME/CFS that has been seen historically, and also highlights patient advocacy and the studies that several scientists involved in rebooting the research are doing, including the recent NIH funding for the Collaborative Research Center grants. “The NIH announcement in September of four grants totaling more than $7 million for fiscal year 2017, and continuing for the next five years, signifies a step in official [ME/CFS] recognition. The new NIH grants will support three collaborative research centers and a data-management coordinating center for [ME/CFS] research.”

To read the full ASBMB Today ME/CFS feature article, click here.