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Just read the @NYMag piece about #longcovid and I've got a lot of critiques of it - as a journalist, as an editor, &, of course, as a person living with complex chronic illness. Briefly, here are some of the issues I see, ones I think turn up in a lot of magazine pieces:🧵
First, the piece conflates patients with #longCOVID and #POTS who might be helped by exercise rehab (done right--itself hard to find) with those who will be harmed by exercise. There are different groups. Important to make fine distinctions as a science writer.
I am a patient with #longcovid and #pots who has benefitted from exercise, but for the first months of #longcovid my dysautonomia was so bad that exercise led to days-long crashes. This is not complicated to grasp/understand/message--backed up by research; see @PutrinoLab etc.
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The lies 2020:

Don’t Panic, we go for #herdimmunity, #children can’t spread it and won’t be harmed

What was really
And use #schools as a tap for controlled spread. No transparency, no testing no mask

Lets spread the lie that mask simply don’t work

Here #polarisation starts driven by misinformation and intransparancy by your government. Everybody could see that the measures were nog in line with urgency.

What were they hiding? Why no #zerorisk #zerocovid with borders closed. It could be done

2020: wait we know this will
Lead to many many deaths but the #vaccin is almost here, working hard, we know the #SPIKE is a big thing, hold on #Hopium being built.

Meanwhile lets keep up the lie of children not important to monitor😢 we know from SARS they build less #antibodies lets presume they just not
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This week I spoke to @JamesTGallagher at @BBCRadio4 about what it is like to be #immunocompromised and #shielding from covid for nearly 1000 days.👇…

Here's a 🧵 about why I told my family's story. 1/15 @LUPUSUK @RAIRDA_org #evusheld #Forgotten500k
I am one of 500k people in the uk who is still #shielding nearly 3 years into the pandemic. We are all #immunocompromised due to #autoimmune diseases, transplants and blood cancers 2/15 @bloodcancer_uk @kidneycareuk @LUPUSUK @RAIRDA_org #Forgotten500k @evusheld4theuk Image
Like thousands of others, I am not only more vulnerable to severe illness from covid due to my illness #lupus, but I am completely unprotected despite vaccination. As a result I need alternative treatments like #evusheld 3/15 @DHSCgovuk @RobertJenrick @evusheld4theuk Image
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Interesting. I wish my brain worked, brainfog is thick atm.
#bipolar #EBV #autoimmune
Hypothesis: bipolar disorder is an Epstein–Barr virus‐driven chronic autoimmune disease – implications for immunotherapy…
The high anti‐EBV antibody titres in BD might reflect a high number of EBV‐infected cells. It is interesting to note that clozapine, an atypical antipsychotic drug used to treat BD, inhibits EBV reactivation.
If BD is an EBV‐induced chronic autoimmune disease, there are two ways to control EBV infection specifically and therefore treat BD: (1) treatment with antiviral drugs; and (2) improving immunity to EBV.
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Thread 🧵👇:
After so many years of work and as a post Epstein-Barr virus infection #MECFS sufferer it makes me really happy that they have put our article on the cover of the August issue of Pathogens journal 👉
Until recently nobody talked about post-viral syndromes (actually they should be called chronic infectious syndromes) and they left all of us patients isolated both at a health and social level. Unfortunately it took another virus like #SARSCoV2 to show us how viruses are ...(2/)
...capable of developing chronic diseases like #LongCovid . It is curious that for bacterial infections we use antibiotics but for viral infections we leave it to our immune system to manage to control it. This must change. (3/)
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A long thread 👇🏼:
I would like to share with you my latest review article. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has long been known to be behind the development of autoimmune diseases, cancer and is even suspected to be behind the development of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/… (1)
…Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Long COVID. But it is still unclear what pathways it uses.

In this review I describe how the possession of certain ancestral HLA-II alleles (a system used by our immune system to recognize which proteins are foreign,… (2)
…such as pathogens, and which are not) makes the individual genetically weak to control EBV latent cells, thus developing different diseases. EBV infects B cells through a protein on its surface called gp42, which allows it to bind to HLA-II molecules on the B cell surface. (3)
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#Immunosuppressive therapy in virus-negative inflammatory CMP : 20-year follow-up of the #TIMIC trial

Immunosuppressive Tx of virus-negative inflammatory #CMP is associated to a persistent improvement of LV
function and better outcomes during long-term follow-up

#Immunosuppressive Tx promoted an improvement in cardiac function in 88% of the cases compared the placebo group

A persistent ⤴️ in the #LVEF is seen in long -term (up to 20 years) clinical outcomes of the whole cohort of 85 patients originally enrolled in the #TIMIC trial
Recurring virus-negative myocarditis responding to #immunosuppressive therapy

EKG showing LBBB (A) resolving after therapy (B)

(C and D) Echo apical view showing recovery of LV dysfunction from EF -28% ➡️ up to 51%

#HeartFailure #EchoFirst @ESC_Journals…
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Thread of anecdotal experiences July 2022
'100% masks damage children’s normal development. When I do 8 week checks the baby will NEVER smile before I take off my mask and smile at them.'
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⚠️Potentially dangerous
new 🦠#COVID19 variants🧬
▪️The pandemic won't end until we prevent this phenomenon
❗️Get💉 vaxxed to shield & protect the immunocompromised… #bioinformatics #WomenInSTEM #openscience #snrtg #immunology #genomics #raredisease
. "NOBODY is safe from the virus until
we are ALL safe from the virus"
~Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus (WHO Director General)
Viruses🦠do strange things when unchallenged for long periods of times in hosts.
Unfortunately mutating🧬is one of those things.
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1/As promised & after reading $NTLA latest Q1 2022 financial report here is my analysis regarding @intelliatx latest corporate status. I have focused only on the main issues that I found to be the most interesting & relevant. #CRISPR #GeneEditing #BioTech #FinTwit #Genomics👇
2/NTLA-2001 is the most advanced In-Vivo #CRISPR/#Cas9 #GeneEditing program in $NTLA portfolio & is aimed to treat Transthyretin Amyloidosis - (ATTR). NTLA-2001 could potentially halt & reverse the disease in a “one time” treatment by knocking out the TTR gene with a single dose
3/In February $NTLA has presented an updated clinical data from its Phase 1 study of NTLA-2001 which included 15 patients with ATTR amyloidosis. IMO NTLA-2001 readout looks promising & here is a summary that I wrote shortly after @intelliatx’s presentation of NTLA-2001👇
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#LongCovid recovery story is long but short notes here:
#POTS confirmed with heart rate variability test & started on Ivabradine.
#MCAS treated based on clinical symptoms with Desloratadine, Famotadine, Montelukast-Cetrizine
#autoimmune assays done - #rheumatoidarthritis
Started on Methotrexate after all vaccinations. GI motility treated with Prucalopride.
Lung perfusion abnormalities but no cause detected (#microclots in blood) - treated with budesonide + tiatropium inhalers, ipratropium nebuliser & supplemental oxygen. #NEISvoid
Weekly IV infusions with Saline at home. Pulmonary rehabilitation. Eyes checked - connective tissue degeneration- tear film corrected with refresh tears & gel, special glasses & convergence exercises given.
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1/ #COVID-19 et #diabete : une contamination #SARScov2 peut-elle être un élément déclencheur ?

Très long (vraiment très long) #thread 🧵 ⤵️
2/ La plupart des personnes qui vivent avec une maladie chronique sont conscientes d’être plus à risque en cas de contamination #COVID. Celles qui vivent avec un #diabete #DT1 #DT2 ou autre, savent aussi qu’une infection, quelle qu'elle soit, peut provoquer une certaine
3/ résistance à l’insuline qui augmente la glycémie, accroit les besoins en #insuline, et peut parfois engendrer une complication potentiellement fatale, le coma acidocétosique. C’est particulièrement vrai en cas de contamination par le #COVID19.
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1/🧵 I think Chris Rock wouldn't have made a joke about Jada's illness if more folks were educated about the high prevalence of autoimmune & other chronic disorders.

#chronicillness #Spoonies #autoimmune #Alopecia #women #health #ChronicPain #chronic #illness #SickNotWeak
2/ As a woman who lives with multiple immune-related disorders, when a comedian makes a joke about chronic illness, I feel unseen...not just for me, but for all my fellow #chronicfolks. Does Chris Rock have any idea what Jada goes through to live with alopecia? Probably not.
3/ As a country, we need to create more dialogue around chronic illness, and especially autoimmune diseases. They are so prevalent yet they are usually talked about in whispers....'Oh, she has Crohn's.' Cancer used to be spoken about in hushed words, too.
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Thrilled to share our work on fine-mapping of immune-mediated diseases (IMD) using regulatory quantitative trait loci (QTLs) finally out in @NatureGenet…

@SoranzoTeam @sangerinstitute @Cambridge_Uni
#immunediseases #autoimmune #GWAS #QTL
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Here we extended the evaluation of regulatory QTLs generated as part of the @blueprint_eu project to systematically map molecular mechanisms and causal variants at 12 immune-mediated diseases with publicly-available summary statistics. 2/14
📢 The BLUEPRINT "phase 2" genotype data and regulatory QTL summary statistics are available in the @EGAarchive ( under accession codes EGAD00001005192, EGAD00001005199 and EGAD00001005200.
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Deaths WITH #Covid19 age 0-19 yrs as of Nov 12 2021:


Reported #vaccine adverse events age 12-17 yrs as of Nov 12 2021:


"Canada prepares for the largest childhood #vaccination campaign since polio" under "Emergency Use Authorization". There is no emergency.
Deaths WITH covid - vs. reported "Vaccine adverse events"

Deaths WITH #Covid19 age 20-29 yrs as of Nov 12 2021:


Reported #vaccine adverse events age 18-29 yrs as of Nov 12 2021:


[Keep in mind flu has vanished, Most jab injuries go unreported.]

Deaths WITH covid - vs. reported "Vaccine adverse events"

Deaths WITH #Covid19 age 30-39 yrs as of Nov 12 2021:


Reported #vaccine adverse events age 30-39 yrs as of Nov 12 2021:


[Keep in mind the pharmaceutical industry funds Health Canada / 90% or higher]
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What happens if we allow #SARS2 to become endemic? What’s going to happen to us & what’s going to happen to the virus?

If we allow it to become endemic—and some would argue that it is already endemic—this does not mean that it is going to attenuate, not whatsoever. 1/
It is not true that more transmissible versions of #SARS2 will be more benign. What we are seeing is more aggressive, more transmissible versions which are creating more severe illness. And the virus is still adapting to our physiology. It’s doing it at a fantastic rate 2/
What we’re going to see is that it will continue to work against our immune systems, meaning become more immune evasive. It’s going to become more chronic as an infection. 3/
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"I am convinced that immunizing young #children [] will lead to a tsunami of #autoimmune diseases." - Dr Geert Vanden Bossche, virologist

Don't think for 1 sec. that the #pharmaceutical industry is unaware of the implications as outlined by V. Bossche.

"We cannot, we should not, under NO condition, vaccinate any child." - Dr Geert Vanden Bossche, #virologist

COVID-19 Vaccine Risks in #children - Geert Vanden Bossche speaks

Full presentation:

April 10, 2019: "Why Are #Autoimmune Diseases on the Rise?"

"It’s not so much our cleanliness but our increasingly #industrial lifestyle that is blocking the intake of these important #microorganisms."…
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@RcgpFaculties @MartinRCGP @AoMRC @HelenStokesLam @RCSnews
This statement supposedly from RCs does not represent my views as a Clinical Advisor to the @rcgp. I find it utterly inappropriate for it to have been released after the conclusion of the @NICEComms process.
In fact, I'm embarrassed on behalf of my whole profession, who are allowing a small but vocal minority with vested interests (protecting their own careers) to speak on our behalf. In the context of #LongCovid, many more of us now know the truth about #MECFS.
#MECFS and #LongCovid are not going to be cured by some exercise & CBT, no matter how loudly those who offer them to unsuspecting patients scream and throw their toys around. If you think you've cured someone with these treatments MAYBE YOUR PATIENT LIED TO GET AWAY FROM YOU!
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Getting my biologic: a thread. Buckle up, it’s a long one, with the backstory for context. #spoonie #healthcare #autoimmunedisease #RheumTwitter #rheumatology #spooniechat #invisiblepain #chronicillnessawareness #autoimmune
I have a condition called ankylosing spondylitis (AS), which is an autoimmune inflammatory arthritis that mainly affects the spine, but can spread to other joints as well. In other words, my body thinks that my joints are the enemy… my immune system attacks them, causing inflammation and pain. This sounds bad, and it is, but what’s worse is over time this inflammation can erode your joints.
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Govt of Canada marketing delivered to my home.

"The #vaccinations are safe."

"Up to and including July 16, 2021, a total of 152 deaths were reported after the administration of a vaccine."

Adverse events of special interest as of July 16 2021: 1,675👇…
#Autoimmune diseases:

Guillain-Barré Syndrome: 48
Thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets): 61

#Cardiovascular system:
Cardiac arrest:20
Cardiac failure: 13
Heart attack: 52
#Myocarditis / #Pericarditis: 211…
Adverse reactions continued.

#Circulatory system:

Deep vein #thrombosis: 134
Pulmonary #embolism: 202
#Thrombosis (blood clot): 126
Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (blood clot w/ low #platelets): 67


Acute kidney injury: 19
Liver injury: 9

See all👇
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Offering Information without Endorsing is ok. Anecdotal Affirmation from other patients, support group is not Your responsibility but could help your patients live with the MonSter more peacefully.I’m smoldering away on daily Glatopa since 2007. No relapses since.
Physical-Cognitive Ever so gradual decline. On disability from 35 year nursing career.I started by keeping journals. My daily observations, appointments,summaries, status.Writing things down helps incorporate them into your reality. Nobody Wants to be disabled. Denial comes easy.
People/Things that Help:
Significant other, Fred ❤️ in my case.
Neuro Team I can easily communicate with, an MS Center.
Having a home, disability income, insurance, medications, pill organizer, Routine,mail order,Rest when I need to because no point in fighting Self.#autoimmune
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We have an exciting new #preprint on @medrxivpreprint ! A novel class of #primaryimmunodeficiency, with the discovery of ITPR3 mutations in two families with combined immunodeficiency. As always, studying #PID teaches us so much about biology! 1/8…
The work is based on patients identified @UZLeuven by Rik Schrijvers and @IsabelleMeyts. Both patients had a combined #immunodeficiency with sensitivity to infections, one complicated by peripheral #neuropathy and one by #autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Over to the gene hunters! 2/8
Mutations in ITPR3 were identified by Erika Van Nieuwenhove and Frederik Staels. ITPR3 is part of a #Calcium channel, so we turned to the Serysheva lab @Irina52948708 to predict the impact on structure. Clear as day, the mutations change the charge of the channel. 3/8
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A metal ion orients SARS-CoV-2 mRNA to ensure accurate 2′-O methylation of its first nucleotide
The #SARSCoV2 #coronavirus is able to utilize the changes in metal ion concentrations to disguise itself in the human host body thus evading immune responses. Image
Efficacy of #clarithromycin on #COVID19 pneumonia without oxygen administration; protocol for multicenter, open-label, randomized-controlled, 3-armed parallel group comparison, exploratory trial #CAMECOVID
Japan Registry of Clinical Trials jRCTs071210011 Image
The influence of #HLA genotype on the severity of #COVID19 infection
A genetic link has been discovered explaining why some people catch #Covid but don't get sick. The gene is found three times as often in people who are #asymptomatic. Image
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#CDC has recently reported myocarditis & pericarditis cases following #mRNA #vaccination in adolescents & young adults in the US. Are these the first reported cases of cardiac involvement following mRNA vaccines? 1/…
Fortunately, these incidents are extremely rare events. But, have the agencies overlooked earlier signals? Are these cases indeed related to mRNA vaccines? Are the vaccines responsible? If yes, what could be the probable mechanism? 2/
Few cases of post-vaccination myocarditis, heart failure & heart attacks have been reported in #Israel since December soon after the launch of #Pfizer mRNA vaccine. Health officials referred them as “A murky wave of heart attacks” 3/…
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