Trial By Error: Letter to Lancet Editor Demanding Independent Investigation of PACE (Reprise from 2018)
By David Tuller, DrPH *April is crowdfunding month at Berkeley. I conduct this project as a senior fellow in public health and journalism at the university’s Center for Global Public Health. If you would like to support the project with a donation to Berkeley (tax-deductible for US taxpayers), here’s the place: https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/25504 In August, 2018, I […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 18, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized letter to Lancet PACE Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Letter to Professor Anthony David Asks Why MUS Experts Keep Misquoting a Major Study
By David Tuller, DrPH Earlier this week, I wrote to the journal Psychological Medicine about a significant mistake in a paper on functional neurological disorders. The mistake involved a misquotation of Bermingham et al, a key 2010 analysis of the National Health Service costs associated with care for working-age people found to be “somatising.” One […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 17, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: PACE Team ’s Work for Insurance Companies Is “Not Related” to PACE. Really? (Reprise)
By David Tuller, DrPH When I first investigated the PACE trail in 2015, one of the features most shocking to me was the investigators’ blatant violation of a core human rights document that they had promised in their protocol to adhere to. That violation of the Declaration of Helsinki involved their failure to tell study […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 17, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 is not more virulent
When the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in the UK in December 2020 it was accompanied by unsubstantiated claims of increased transmissibility and virulence. The results of a hospital-based study in London reveals no association of the variant with severe disease in this cohort. In a note published by NERVTAG on 21 January […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 16, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Commentary B.1.1.7 coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern viral viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: The World According to Sharpe
*April is crowdfunding month at Berkeley. I conduct this project as a senior fellow in public health and journalism at the university’s Center for Global Public Health. If you would like to support the project with a donation to Berkeley (tax-deductible for US taxpayers), here’s the place: https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/25504 By David Tuller, DrPH Poor Professor Michael Sharpe. […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 15, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Kelland monbiot PACE Sharpe Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Jennie Spotila Tracks Down – and Busts – an Old Tale About “ Death Threats ” from Patients
By David Tuller, DrPH In early 2011, the first report of the PACE results in The Lancet drew widespread criticism from patients and advocates. Later that year, stories about unhinged, anti-science patients harassing and threatening leading researchers in the field appeared in high-profile UK outlets like BMJ and The Times. In the UK, this appears […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 15, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized death threats spotila vicky whittemore Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: A Letter to Psychological Medicine about Error in MUS Paper from Sir Simon and Colleagues
By David Tuller, DrPH I have previously documented that some of the leading experts in “medically unexplained symptoms” (MUS) have regularly misstated a core finding from a seminal study in their field. The study—”The cost of somatisation among the working-age population in England for the year 2008–2009”—was published in 2010 in the journal Mental Health […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 13, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized MUS Psychological Medicine Wessely Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Journal of Health Psychology Publishes Hughes-Tuller Critique of Wessely-Chalder CBT Claims
By David Tuller, DrPH What kind of researchers would publish obviously misleading figures about their favorite intervention in a study abstract? And who would make causal claims in a paper while simultaneously pointing out that the study design does not allow for causal claims? Well, it seems Professor Sir Wessely and Professor Trudie Chalder, along […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 10, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT chalder Hughes Wessely Source Type: blogs

A tapeworm drug to treat COVID-19?
Niclosamide (pictured) is a drug that has been approved in humans to treat infections with a variety of tapeworms. It might be useful for preventing SARS-CoV-2 replication and COVID-19 pathogenesis by inhibiting virus-catalyzed membrane fusion. Examination of the lungs of 41 patients who died of COVID-19 revealed, in addition to expected lung injury, the presence […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 9, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology coronavirus COVID-19 Niclosamide pandemic syncytium viral viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Prof Sharpe Fact-Checks Comment on Blog About How George Monbiot Is Causing Long COVID
By David Tuller, DrPH *April is crowdfunding month at Berkeley. I conduct this project as a senior fellow in public health and journalism and the university’s Center for Global Public Health. If you would like to support the project, here’s the place: https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/25504 In a surprising development, Professor Michael Sharpe has left a comment on a […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 8, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized George Monbiot Long Covid Michael Sharpe Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Guardian Columnist George Monbiot Is Causing Long COVID, Says Professor Michael Sharpe
By David Tuller, DrPH *April is crowdfunding month at Berkeley. I conduct this project as a senior fellow in public health and journalism and the university’s Center for Global Public Health. If you would like to support the project, here’s the place: https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/25504 In a remarkable display of—well, I’m not even sure what to call it–Professor […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 7, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Long Covid Michael Sharpe PACE Swiss Re Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Northwestern Law Professor Steve Lubet ’ s View of that Wall Street Journal Editorial
By David Tuller, DrPH I’ve already posted my thoughts about the ill-informed opinion piece by a psychiatrist-in-training that The Wall Street Journal published two weeks ago. The author’s dismissal of the Long COVID phenomenon as a result of delusions and mental illness elicited a lot of sharp responses online. The Wall Street Journal itself published […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 6, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized lubet Wall Street Journal Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: GETSET Study Reports Null Results for Self-Help Graded Exercise – but Declares Success Anyway
By David Tuller, DrPH The Journal of Psychosomatic Research (JSR), an influential publication. recently published an article that made a crucial point—in clinical trials, subjective outcomes are at “a greater risk of bias due to any unblinding.” The article, which I wrote about here, was authored by the journal’s current editor and two previous editors, […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 6, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized GETSET Journal of Psychosomatic Research Peter White Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Long COVID, the Long COVID Alliance, and ME International
By David Tuller, DrPH The advent of Long COVID has brought an enormous amount of attention to the illness or cluster of illnesses collectively known these days as ME/CFS. That attention is not always positive, as we saw recently with a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that dismissed both ME/CFS and Long COVID as forms […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 4, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Long Covid long COVID Alliance ME-ICC Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: More on that WSJ Opinion Piece; and Q-and-A with Author of this Week ’ s WSJ Rebuttal
By David Tuller, DrPH Last week, The Wall Street Journal published a passionate but clueless opinion piece from a psychiatric resident at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. The author, Jeremy Devine, portrayed the entire category now being referred to as Long COVID as a fiction foisted on the world by a committed commando of deluded […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 2, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Are the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines Safe for Pregnant and Lactating People?
Accumulating data suggest that SARS-CoV-2 vaccination of pregnant and lactating people is both safe and beneficial for both mother and child. (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 1, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Gertrud U. Rey Tags: Basic virology Gertrud Rey antibodies babies blood breast milk breast-feeding cord blood COVID-19 fetus IgA IgG infants lactation placenta pregnancy SARS-CoV-2 vaccination vaccine Source Type: blogs

T cells will save us from COVID-19
In our quest to stop the COVID-19 pandemic by vaccination, we have been myopically focussed on inducing antibodies against the spike protein. As variants of SARS-CoV-2 have emerged that reduce the ability of such antibodies to block infection, concern has arisen that we will not be able to halt the disease. Such concerns appear to […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 26, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Commentary antibody B cell COVID-19 epitope pandemic SARS-CoV-2 T cell variant of concern viral virus viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Clueless Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Endorses PACE as the “ Prevailing View ” Among Docs
By David Tuller, DrPH Long Covid stories and commentaries seem to be everywhere—too many to keep track of! This week, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece about long Covid and ME/CFS that is breathtakingly ill-informed—and more importantly, just wrong. Beyond that, it showed remarkable disrespect for patients and their experiences. (After this low […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 26, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Another Excellent Read on Long Covid, ME/CFS and Medically Unexplained Symptoms
By David Tuller, DrPH In a post earlier this week, I noted some differences in the tenor of the debate over Long Covid in the US and UK. Yesterday, another excellent and in-depth piece on the issues appeared on the domestic front, this time in VICE. The author, Alan Levinovitz, is associate professor of religious […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 20, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Five year persistence of Ebolavirus in humans
The current outbreak of Ebolavirus disease in Guinea, which began in February 2021, may have originated from a survivor of the 2013-16 outbreak in the same country. Phylogenetic analysis of genome sequences revealed that viruses from the current outbreak group with the Makona variant, which caused the 2013-16 epidemic. The new isolates are most closely […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 19, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology acute infection ebolavirus Guinea persistent infection sexual transmission viral viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Biopsychosocial Brigades Seek Traction with Long Covid
By David Tuller, DrPH Last week, two major articles on long Covid appeared in well-known US publications—one in the Atlantic, the other in Vox. Like the New York Times Magazine article that ran in January, these stories addressed with nuance the complex and unclear relationship between the varieties of long Covid and the group of […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 17, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Lightning Process Long Covid PACE Source Type: blogs

How vaccines work
Vaccines work by educating the host’s immune system to recall the identity of a virus years after the initial encounter, a phenomenon called immune memory. Viral vaccines establish immunity and memory without the pathogenic consequences typical of a natural infection. The success of immunization in stimulating long-lived immune memory is among humanity’s greatest scientific and […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 12, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology COVID-19 immune memory immunity pandemic pathogenesis SARS-CoV-2 vaccine viral virus viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Psychosomatics Journal Linked to PACE Authors Highlights Bias from Subjective Outcome
By David Tuller, DrPH The Journal of Pyschosomatic Research, a high-profile publication from Elsevier, has recently published an article relevant to long-standing arguments about trials that are both unblinded and reliant on subjective outcomes–like, say, the PACE study and related research into psycho-behavioral treatments for ME/CFS. This specific question–how to assess research quality when subjective […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 8, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

One and Done
On February 27, 2021, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for a one-dose SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a Belgium-based division of Johnson & Johnson. (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 4, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Gertrud U. Rey Tags: Basic virology Gertrud Rey Uncategorized adenovirus-vectored vaccine efficacy emergency use authorization FDA furin Johnson & Johnson pre-fusion spike protein SARS-CoV-2 single dose spike glycoprotein spike glycoprotein cleavage Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: A Q-and-A with Tracie White, author of The Puzzle Solver
By David Tuller, DrPH Tracie White, a science writer at Stanford University, first stumbled across the story of Whitney Dafoe as an assignment from one of her editors. That initial encounter ultimately turned into The Puzzle Seeker: A Scientist’s Desperate Quest to Cure the Illness that Stole His Son, an account that Kirkus called “a […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - March 4, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Understanding virus isolates, variants, and strains
Many virology terms are being used these days by people who do not understand their meaning. Included are journalists, medical doctors, scientists, lawyers, and people from all walks of life. In normal times this word mis-usage would be so rare that it would not matter. However, because we are in a viral pandemic that affects […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 26, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information COVID-19 isolate nomenclature pandemic SARS-CoV-2 strain variant viral virus Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins on Plans for Long COVID Research
By David Tuller, DrPH The US government seems to be taking Long COVID seriously. In December, Congress allocated $1.15 billion over four years for research into the issue. This week, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, announced the agency’s plans for that funding. (I’ve posted his announcement in full below.) In a […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 24, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized body politic Francis Collins Long Covid NIH Source Type: blogs

SARS-like bat coronaviruses are not only in China
It is well past the time to stop blaming a laboratory in China for the release of SARS-CoV-2. Such fallacies reflect an ignorance of scientific facts, including the recent finding of closely related coronaviruses in bats in Thailand. The bat CoV RatG13, sampled in 2013 in Yunnan province, shares 96% whole genome identity with SARS-CoV-2, […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 19, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information bat coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Rhinolophus SARS-CoV-2 viral viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Happy Tenth Anniversary, PACE Trial!
By David Tuller, DrPH It’s been ten years since The Lancet published the first results of the PACE trial. Wow! Ten years ago, I was 54 and still a graduate student in public health at UC Berkeley. I was also busy writing stories for The New York Times about the mouse retrovirus study that had […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 18, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: David Tuller ME/CFS Lancet PACE Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Hughes-Tuller Comment on Wessely-Chalder CBT Study Rejected by Journal, Posted Here
By David Tuller, DrPH Last fall, Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Professor Trudie Chalder were among several co-authors of a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The study purported to prove that years of provision of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to patients with “chronic fatigue” and “chronic fatigue syndrome” proved […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 15, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT chalder NICE Royal Society of Medicine Wessely Source Type: blogs

An antiviral to prevent or treat SARS-CoV-2 infection
Vaccine development has far outpaced antiviral discovery for COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine was a disaster, and the repurposed remdesivir, which must be administered intravenously, has modest effect when given to hospitalized patients. The situation is unfortunate because antiviral drugs may be used to either prevent infection (prophylactic) or treat infection (therapeutic). A promising antiviral drug candidate is […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 12, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology antiviral coronavirus COVID-19 EIDD-2801 pandemic SARS-CoV-2 viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: New Biopsychosocial Paper on Long-Covid and Somatic Symptom Disorder
By David Tuller, DrPH Biopsychosocial Campaigners Target Long-Covid New papers from the biopsychosocial campaigners often provide opportunities to highlight unwarranted assertions, misleading use of data, and—in particular–associations interpreted as if they were causal relationships and not, well, associations. An article co-authored by Trudie Chalder, a professor of cognitive behavioural therapy at King’s Collge London, and […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 9, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized biopsychosocial chalder long-covid Source Type: blogs

Bacteria Make Antivirals
Viperin is a conserved antiviral protein that catalyzes the synthesis of chain terminator molecules in both vertebrates and prokaryotes. (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 4, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Trudy Rey Tags: Basic virology Gertrud Rey antivirals bacterial defenses bacteriophage chain terminator CTP ddhCTP nucleotide derivatives nucleotides prokaryotic viperin Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: An Excerpt from Jamison Hill ’ s Memoir
By David Tuller, DrPH Three years ago, The New York Times‘ popular Modern Love column published a beautifully written tear-jerker by Jamison Hill–a former bodybuilder with ME. The column, “Love Means Never Having to Say…Anything,” described in tender prose how two people with debilitating chronic illness were able to find and nurture a very special […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 3, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern
In recent months variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected that are unusual in that they have many more genome mutations than previously found. These have been called ‘variants of concern’ (VOC) as it has been suggested that the genome mutations might impact transmission, immune control, and virulence. Below I cover each of these issues separately. […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 28, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Commentary Information Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Professor Paul Garner ’ s BMJ Blog Post on His Powerful Cognitions
By David Tuller, DrPH Professor Paul Garner, an infectious disease doctor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, has had a rough time with long-Covid. He has written about his experiences in a series of compelling blog posts on BMJ’s site. At first, he bonded with members of the ME/CFS community and expressed shock at […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 28, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: David Tuller ME/CFS long-covid PACE paul garner Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Professor Lubet ’ s Inquiry to Medical Center Holding ME/CFS Patient
By David Tuller, DrPH Yesterday, I posted my exchange with a spokeswoman for Hennepin Healthcare about Thane Fredrickson, the ME/CFS patient who is under threat of involuntary psychiatric commitment. Today, Northwestern University law professor Steven Lubet, e-mailed her the following letter. ********** Dear Ms. Hill: I am a law professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 27, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Exchange with Minnesota Medical Center Holding ME/CFS Patient
By David Tuller, DrPH On Monday afternoon, I had an e-mail exchange with Christine Hill, a spokeswoman for the Hennepin Healthcare in Minnesota. Thane Fredrickson, an ME/CFS patient, is currently under threat of involuntary psychiatric commitment. Because of patient privacy concerns, it was clear the medical center would not be able to provide any specific […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 27, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Game-Changing Articles in The Guardian and The New York Times
By David Tuller, DrPH The relationship between what is being called long-Covid and ME/CFS (and its variants) is complex. The conditions overlap in ways that are poorly understood, and the mechanisms through which they produce such significant disabilities remain elusive. As the coronavirus pandemic enters its second year, many tens or hundreds of thousands of […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 24, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Biden ’ s pandemic plans
The Biden-Harris administration has released a document describing its plans to bring the United States out of the ‘worst public health crisis in a century’. It is a roadmap for not only ending the pandemic in the US, but to re-establish leadership in the global health care community and provide assistance to other countries. I […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 22, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Commentary Information Biden pandemic plan coronavirus COVID-19 viral virology viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: New Study Reports First-Hand Accounts of 1955 Hospital Outbreak
By David Tuller, DrPH The name myalgic encephalomyelitis is inextricably linked with an outbreak of what appeared by all accounts to be a viral illness at London’s Royal Free Hospital in the second half of 1955. More than 200 people, most of them female staff and students, fell ill. Some reported long-term complications. Although no […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 15, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Camelids for COVID
Human monoclonal antibodies that block infection with SARS-CoV-2 are being used to treat COVID-19 patients, but an alternative, antibodies produced in camelids (alpacas and llamas) might have advantages. Camelid monoclonal antibodies can be more cheaply produced in mass quantities in bacteria, and protein engineering can be quickly used to produce a better therapeutic product. Human […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 15, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information camelid coronavirus COVID-19 monoclonal antibody pandemic SARS-CoV-2 viral viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Tack ’ s Take on 2020 Studies; Professor Edwards ’ Statement to NICE
By David Tuller, DrPH I have been laying low during the recent holiday and coup season. Today I’m watching the impeachment hearings. And I might find it challenging to get back up to full speed until after New Year’s–which for me will be January 20th, or whichever day the White House is finally de-Trumped. For […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 13, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

RNA, in a Nutshell
The mRNA vaccine platform is based on decades of previous studies, highlighting the importance of regularly funding basic research. (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Trudy Rey Tags: Basic virology Gertrud Rey cancer mRNA vaccines cholesterol encapsulated lipid nanoparticle PEG polyethylene glycol pre-fusion spike protein rsv SARS-CoV-2 Source Type: blogs

Musings of an anonymous, pissed off virologist
by Paul Bieniasz Dr. Bieniasz is Professor and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Rockefeller University. As viruses go, SARS-CoV-2, is quite easy to neutralize with antibodies and, it turns out, straightforward to generate effective vaccines based on the spike protein. Perhaps, even probably, those two properties are causally related. Moreover, it appears […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 5, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Commentary coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic SARS-CoV-2 viral virology viruses Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Psych Issues Do Not Predict ME/CFS, New Chicago Study Shows
By David Tuller, DrPH For decades, investigators have argued over the causes of the illness or cluster of illnesses variously called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),  ME/CFS, CFS/ME and other names. In the absence of an adequate explanation for the debilitating symptoms, a flawed approach to intervention based on the perceived need for […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 30, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Swedish ME Patient Fears Forced Psychiatric Treatment
By David Tuller, DrPH Holger Klintenberg, a 35-year-old from the southern Swedish city of Jonkoping, has severe ME. His illness began after a bout of mononucleosis (or glandular fever) when he was 19. He has recently experienced difficult interactions with the health care system. His family fears he could be forced into psychiatric care against […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 30, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Swedish ME Patient Fears Forced Psychiatric Treatment
By David Tuller, DrPH Holger Klintenberg is a severe ME patient in Jonkoping, a city in southern Sweden. He has recently experienced difficult interactions with the health care system. His family fears he could be forced into psychiatric care against his and their wishes. They are concerned that the medical professionals overseeing Holger’s care do […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 29, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

SARS-CoV-2 UK variant: Does it matter?
A variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been spreading within England, and it has been suggested that this virus is more transmissible. In this video Vincent explains the properties of the SARS-CoV-2 UK variant and why claims that it is more transmissible are not supported by experimental data. This video was recorded on Monday, 21 December 2020. […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 24, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Video coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic SARS-CoV-2 spike protein transmission UK variant variant of concern viral viruses VOC202012/01 Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: A Letter to BMJ From Prof Hughes, Prof Racaniello and Me
By David Tuller, DrPH I have sent the following letter to Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ and editor-in-chief of The BMJ, on behalf of Professors Brian Hughes and Vincent Racaniello as well as me. We were responding to the recent editorial regarding the new draft of ME/CFS clinical guidelines from the National Institute for […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 22, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized BMJ editorial draft Fiona Godlee NICE Source Type: blogs