Thursday, April 4, 2024

Long Covid & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


A new study on myalgic encephalitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) from the National Institutes of Health also looked at Long Covid whose conditions are considered “closely related,” the Washington Post reported recently.

The Post said that the research was “the most in-depth and multidisciplinary study of ME/CFS to date, involving more than 75 investigators across 15 NIH institutes and taking nearly eight years to complete.” The manuscript was published in Nature Communications.

In summarizing the results, the newspaper noted:  “[t]he research provided clear evidence of physiological abnormalities in ME/CFS patients. . . . [r]esearchers found functional and not structural abnormalities. . . . [and] investigators discovered significant differences between men and women. . . . in immune cell populations and markers of inflammation.

The Post said the study “support[s] the hypothesis that ME/CFS is due to persistent immune activation [or] ‘post-infectious syndromes’ . . . .”  The same characterization may apply to Long Covid and other conditions.

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RE: Social Security and SSI Disability, see SSR 14-1p: Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)


Monday, April 1, 2024

Time to Enforce Gag Orders

The judge said that Trump has a record of making “threatening, inflammatory, denigrating” statements.

Those statements inspire his MAGA followers to make threatening, inflammatory, denigrating statements and images and videos and to take illegal action.

Judge Merchan (in the NY “hush money” criminal case) imposed a gag order to protect potential witnesses, attorneys, court staff or family members of prosecutors or lawyers and actual or potential jurors.

In the event of Trump’s ignoring the court (gag) orders, I suggest, on the first violation, that the judge institute progressive punishment as one might do with a toddler.

It’s time for Trump to spend an hour in JAIL for his acting contumaciously in violation of court orders and then two hours in JAIL and continuing as necessary until it is 24 hours or multiple days.


Presidential Debates 2024


Thinking ahead to presidential debates, I think that one requirement ought to be that the moderators have available a microphone audio-kill switch and a commitment by the moderators to use it to keep the participants to agreed-upon times for debate segments.

Additionally, I think that President Joe Biden should plan to walk off the stage should Donald Trump continue talking if the debate moderators do not promptly use a microphone audio-kill switch if Trump goes over his allotted time and/or if he continues talking after his microphone has been cut off.

Regardless of whether there is a studio audience, the president of the United States should not allow himself to be disrespected by an election-denying and rule-of-law denying and common courtesy denying poser like Trump.



Thursday, October 19, 2023

Nicely said


“Representative Nancy Mace . . . . Yes, she’s the one who inexplicably donned a scarlet ‘A’ shirt on Capitol Hill, unwittingly demonstrating why the GOP’s concerted bid to ban books in schools is so unfortunate.”


Kimberly Atkins Stohr, The Boston Globe – “Jim Jordan is one step from House speaker due to gerrymandering”

[The Scarlet Letter: A Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in 1850.]