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Extracellular Vesicles and Micro-RNAs in ME/CFS

A conversation with Dr. Elisa Oltra and Dr. Jesus Castro By Eric Pyrrhus Versión en español In 2020, there were three different scientific publications about “extracellular vesicles” and four different scientific publications about “micro-RNAs” in myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). What exactly are extracellular vesicles and micro-RNAs and why are they both such exciting fields of research? A vesicle

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Honouring the Memory of our Friend PatJ

by Jody Smith We want to celebrate the memory of PatJ here on Phoenix Rising. Many of our members knew him as a long-time friend on these forums. We received some sorrowful news about Pat on December 29, 2020 from his sister Shannon. “I wanted to inform you that my brother Patrick Johnson of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada ended his suffering

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The Apologizers of the ME/CFS World

by Jody Smith I’m Canadian, so I hear a lot of good-natured jokes about how Canadians apologize all the time. It’s funny in part because … in part, it’s true. But you know who else apologizes a lot? Chronically ill people. And that ain’t so funny. Now some of us were probably like that before becoming ill. But what’s particularly

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Looking Ahead to a New Year With ME/CFS

by Jody Smith​ Hey, it’s the beginning of a new year. And 2020 has a nice fresh ring to it. This time of year are you thinking about the future? I’m not talking about New Year Resolutions. I ditched those years ago. Me, I have a hard time looking to the future. When it comes to scheduling and planning and

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