Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's important to use the rigorous Canadian Consensus Criteria

Blood Products Advisory Committee, Dec 14 2010:

Dr. Mikovits:
Importantly, this cohort was diagnosed using the more rigorous Canadian Consensus Criteria. Those are the criteria that Tony Komaroff and the study you heard from Dr. Lo, David Bell, as well as Dan Peterson from the original Science paper, used throughout their patient populations.

It's important, because of the heterogeneity of the disease that we heard from Dr. Hewlett earlier, that the cases were similar.

Let's talk a little bit more about the study cohort we used from the London area of the U.K. They had gotten diagnosis of what they call myalgic encephalomyelitis. Or, often, post-viral fatigue is how it's diagnosed in the U.K. primarily.

All of these patients do meet the Canadian Consensus Criteria of CFS that are used in those studies that we talked about today and in our original study and throughout the WPI.

The disease duration in this patient population was 9 to 26 years, with greater than 50 percent of the patients actually housebound, and many bedbound. Read more>>

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