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After Long-Awaited Recognition, Serious Research Begins On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday 24 October 2019


From Canadian broadcaster CBC:


Marie-Josée Ménard
Marie-Josée Ménard, a teacher in Montreal, started
experiencing symptoms of ME/CFS in 2010. At the time,
her doctor concluded it was severe depression.
(Louis-Marie Philidor/Radio-Canada)

After long-awaited recognition, serious research begins on chronic fatigue syndrome

Some 580,000 Canadians live with myalgic encephalomyelitis

By Vik Adhopia · CBC News
October 23, 2019
©2019 CBC/Radio-Canada. All rights reserved.

A network of Canadian scientists is trying to make up for lost time in the search for a standard diagnostic test and treatment for a debilitating, poorly understood disease that had long been dismissed as a psychological illness.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis ― commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) ― is a multi-system disease that affects approximately 580,000 Canadians of all ages, according to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

"ME is probably the last medical enigma of the 21st century," said Alain Moreau, a Montreal-based scientist who heads the newly created Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Research Network, or ICanCME. (It's pronounced "I can see M.E.")

ME/CFS affects more people than Parkinson's disease, breast cancer or multiple sclerosis combined in Canada, according to Moreau, who is also a professor of medicine at the Université de Montréal.

Yet the federal government only started significantly funding ME/CFS research in August 2019, when it announced a $1.4-million grant to Moreau's network.


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