Scientist looking into a microscope

Gold Coast researchers deliver Chronic Fatigue Syndrome breakthrough

“…it confirms what people with these conditions have long known – that it is a ‘real’ illness – not a psychological issue” – Science Minister Leeanne Enoch.

Gold Coast researchers have made an world-first breakthrough in understanding the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Queensland’s Science Minister Leeanne Enoch said researchers from Griffith University’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) have found strong evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome was associated with a dysfunctional immune system.

“The research team, led by Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines, have identified a dysfunctional cell receptor in the immune system which seems to be at the core of the problem,” Ms Enoch said.

“This discovery is great news for all people living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and the related Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), as it confirms what people with these conditions have long known – that it is a ‘real’ illness – not a psychological issue.

“CFS and ME are notoriously difficult to diagnose, with sufferers often going for years without getting the proper care and attention they need. Currently, there is no effective treatment.

“The Griffith University breakthrough now means we have a target for therapeutic intervention, which is welcome news to the 250,000 Australians believed to be affected by CFS and ME.”

According to ME/CFS Australia, the cost to the Australian community of CFS/ME diagnosis, treatment and management is estimated to reach more than $700 million annually.

Professor Marshall-Gradisnik said Queensland Government funding of around $1.6 million – the largest direct contribution of any government anywhere in the world to research this condition – had been critical in progressing the research.

“It clearly demonstrates what can be achieved with critical government funding.”

The NCNED also received a $4 million grant from the Stafford Fox Medical Research Foundation – the largest grant ever provided for CFS/ME research.

Professor Don Staines said this funding would be used to investigate the commercialisation of a diagnostic test the research team were developing as well as potential treatments.


House Fire

Firies battling ferocious fire at Gold Coast home

Fire crews are battling a large fire that’s engulfed a house at Willow Vale on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

The blaze broke out at the Blacks Road home just after 3.30pm, sending thick black smoke billowing into the air.

Multiple fire crews are on scene working to extinguish the ferocious flames, which have completely destroyed the home.

All residents are believed to have been accounted for.


VIDEO: Drug reporting app leads police to Gold Coast cannabis crops

Three people have been charged following the discovery of a drug hydroponic set up at a house at Oxenford and the seizure of cannabis at a house at Pacific Pines.

Police say the raids on the Palmerston Drive and Wunburra Crescent homes followed information which was sent through via the Report A Drug Dealer app.

A 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from Oxenford have been charged with possess a dangerous drug, produce a dangerous drug and possess utensil.

Both are due to face Southport Magistrates Court on April 3.

PHOTO: Supplied | Qld Police

PHOTO: Supplied | Qld Police

A 29-year-old man from Pacific Pines has also been charged with possess a dangerous drug and produce a dangerous drug. He is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on March 24.

Police say both the discoveries are linked.

PHOTO: Supplied | Qld Police

PHOTO: Supplied | Qld Police



Ambulance QLD

Man injured in ‘bicycle incident’ at Burleigh

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after a ‘bicycle incident’ in Burleigh.

It’s understood the man crashed and came off his bike on Goodwin Terrace just after 11.45am.

Paramedics treated the man for injuries to his face and shoulder before taking him to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Queensland Ambulance confirmed he was transported in a stable condition.


M1 at a crawl following truck breakdown

Motorists are being warned to brace for lengthy delays on the M1 this morning following an earlier truck breakdown.

The truck stopped in the northbound lanes at Yatala, near exit 38 around 6.00am.

Delays are still extremely heavy. At 7.30am, traffic was backed up northbound from Coomera through to Beenleigh.

Motorists have been urged to delay travel or seek alternative routes.