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Yes, they are really trying: CFS patients fail cognitive test and pass the effort test

Wednesday 25 April 2012


From Phoenix Rising:


Phoenix RisingYes! They are Really Trying… … CFS Patients Fail Cognitive Test and Pass the Effort Test…

By Cort Johnson
April 4, 2012

J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2012 Mar 23. [Epub ahead of print] "Test effort in persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when assessed using the Validity Indicator Profile" Cockshell SJMathias JL.

Everything, apparently, has to be nailed down in science. At the Ottawa IACFS/ME conference, Pacific Fatigue Lab researchers were able to conclusively demonstrate that, yes, CFS patients were exerting as much effort in the exercise studies as the healthy controls. (Ironically at a CFSAC meeting Dr. Snell remarked how much harder it was to get the healthy controls to come back for the second day of the exercise testing than the metabolically challenged and fading ME/CFS patients… Indeed, every researcher seems impressed with the courage and the willingness of ME/CFS patients to sacrifice their well-being for the cause of science… .)

In this study Australian researchers found that, yes, ME/CFS patients were not muffing the cognitive tests because they weren’t giving their all – they were muffing them because they were actually more cognitively challenged. (In fact some brain research suggests that ME/CFS patients brains may, because they aren’t working as efficiently as before, have to work harder to accomplish the same task).

Studies like this seem like overkill at times but its good to have questions like these settled.


The above originally appeared here.



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