Chronic Fatigue Syndrome News

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Genetic study finds seven different types of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

Geneticists have discovered the biological basis for seven different subtypes of chronic fatigue syndrome which correspond with different symptom patterns in patients.

For a long time it has been suggested that not all cases of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), are exactly the same and that there are in fact several subtypes of the disease. This view has been based on research findings which have shown for example that some patients have specific immune system or hormonal abnormalities while others do not.

A new study carried out by researchers at St George's Hospital, University of London, now provides genetic evidence that there are indeed variations of the disease and that these influence the symptoms that predominant in individual patients.

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Intracellular immune dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome linked to symptoms

 

Two new studies looking at intracellular immune dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome suggest a link with symptoms and provide targets for new treatments.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious chronic illness which continues to baffle doctors and researchers and leaves those with the condition frustrated and despairing.

Although dismissed as something akin to hypochondria or attention seeking by much of the medical profession for many years it has been clear since the very first biochemical studies into CFS that immune dysfunction was a large component of the illness.

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Cortisol an effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

 

A new review of adrenal dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia patients suggests that low doses of cortisol may be beneficial to many.

The review which is published in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is the work of Californian physician, Kent Holtorf, MD. Dr. Holtorf is medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group Center for Endocrine, Neurological and Infection related illness and is an expert in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia, having developed protocols for Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and other specialist clinics throughout the US.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome name change web site launched

 

The Campaign for a Fair Name launches its own web site in the latest stage of the chronic fatigue syndrome name change effort.

The web site will now provide a central focus for the name change effort begun by ProHealth Inc (immunesupport.com) founder Rich Carson and an influential group of doctors and researchers.

The aim of the Campaign for a Fair Name is to have chronic fatigue syndrome renamed in the US to reflect the seriousness of the illness and help prevent many misconceptions that still exist.

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How chronic fatigue syndrome impacts a patients life

 

Results from a 9-year follow up study of patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome reveal the impacts it has on every area of their lives.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disabling condition which can disrupt the lives of patients (and those close to them) to a huge degree. In an attempt to identify exactly how the condition impacts on sufferers' lives, Danish researchers followed a group of CFS patients for a nine year period following diagnosis.

The study involved Thirty-four adults with CFS who responded to questions regarding QOL (Quality of Life) at diagnosis, and again 5 and 9 years later.

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