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Scientists Say They're Closer To Possible Blood Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Wednesday 1 May 2019


From US news outlet NBC News:


Blood test
A medical assistant draws blood from
a patient on June 27, 2017 in Miami.
(Joe Raedle / Getty Images file)

Scientists say they're closer to possible blood test for chronic fatigue syndrome

Some doctors remain skeptical citing the study's small sample size and that a blood test isn't needed to make a diagnosis as reasons why.

By Shamard Charles, M.D. and Reuters
April 30, 2019
© 2019 NBC Universal.

Scientists in the United States say they have taken a step toward developing a possible diagnostic test for chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition characterized by exhaustion and other debilitating symptoms.

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine said a pilot study of 40 people, half of whom were healthy and half of whom had the syndrome, showed their potential biomarker test correctly identified those who were ill.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME, is estimated to affect some 2.5 million people in the United States and as many as 17 million worldwide.

Symptoms include overwhelming fatigue, joint pain, headaches and sleep problems. No cause or diagnosis has yet been established and the condition can render patients bed- or house-bound for years.

The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, analyzed blood samples from trial volunteers using a “nanoelectronic assay” — a test that measures changes in tiny amounts of energy as a proxy for the health of immune cells and blood plasma.

The scientists “stressed” the blood samples using salt, and then compared the responses. The results, they said, showed that all the CFS patients’ blood samples creating a clear spike, while those from healthy controls remained relatively stable.


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