Journal of IiME Volume 1 Issue 2 www.investinme.org Identification of Differential Genetic Profiles in Severe Forms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the UK population (continued) In this study we prove that genetic profiling via SNP analysis can be a very effective tool to discriminate between the more severe FM and CFS cases. In addition we claim that FM and CFS are two separate diseases with an important genetic component, and we suggest that the severe cases might be different disease subtypes with distinctive genetic profiles. However this methodology is still dependable of a preliminary reliable diagnose that fulfils all the disease inclusion and exclusion criteria. These first results of the research carried out so far has lead to the design of “FIBROchip”, a DNAchip for the identification of the patient’s genetic predisposition to develop the most aggressive forms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. On the genetic profile base, FIBROchip is able to differentiate between the patients with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Additionally, being based on the information provided by FIBROchip, the doctor will be able to know if his patient can develop a Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome very severe. The main target of the DNA chip is to identify those patients who have a greater possibility of developing the most aggressive forms of the diseases and this way to apply the most suitable treatment to each patient. The investigation project is in the last phase of clinical validation, and is predicted that their exit to the market is at the end of this year. ME Story Now at 35 I'm 99% bedridden, I am paralysed down the right hand side and in both legs. I am incontinent and have a supapubic catheter fitted through my stomach into my bladder. Four years ago, I was forced to go into an old people's Nursing home as we didn't have enough room downstairs for me to have a bedroom where I could be hoisted. Therefore my O.T. involved a man from disability grants who agreed to fund the building of an extension in which I have a ceiling track hoist, as I can't transfer myself at all, that takes me from my small bedroom into an en-suite shower room & Closomat toilet. I spent 2 years in the nursing home while this was being completed where I deteriorated further, I have between 35-40 symptoms related to M.E including an immune deficiency. Chemical sensitivity disorder, brain fog etc... I am a member of the 25% M.E group who are the only support group for the one Facts About IiME IiME’s May conferences in London have attracted speakers and delegates from all parts of the world. The conference DVDs have sold in twenty countries worldwide. quarter of all M.E sufferers who have severe M.E Some days I feel so ill that I want to go to sleep and never wake up !!! -Mattie Petition to Retain GPs’ Rights to Issue Sickness Notes This E-petition to the Prime Minister, seeks to prevent the application of the return to work legislation that will be overseen by work advisors in surgeries. It will adversely affect chronically ill people like sick Gulf War veterans, ME-CFS sufferers, pesticide poisoned people and MCS sufferers. Text from the petition creator – The administration is seeking to cut the number of people claiming incapacity benefit but penalising poorly people in need of a sick note is not ethical. Making sick people have to mess around even more is counterproductive. GP's have not complained about issuing sick notes all these years, they are professionally trained, well paid, and should be able to deal with this. I see no reason to change what is a decent scheme. "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to carry on allowing all GPs to issue sick notes to patients and not alter legislation concerning GP's issuing sick notes themselves.." http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/SickNotesGPs Invest in ME Charity Nr 1114035 Page 20/72

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