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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Be A Human Version Of 'Hibernation'

Tuesday 13 September 2016


From The Washington Post:


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Chronic fatigue syndrome may be a human version of ‘hibernation’

By Ariana Eunjung Cha
September 6, 2016
© 2016 Johnston Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

One of the most spectacular feats of such creatures as bats, bees and snakes is hibernation. For months at a time, these animals essentially go into power-save mode. Their temperature drops, metabolism slows down and oxygen consumption is limited to minimal levels.

This basic adaptation helps them survive the harshest of environmental conditions.

A new study raises the extraordinary possibility that humans may be able to put themselves into a kind of hibernation state as well — but in a way that hurts us rather than helps us.


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