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Medical News Today: Biological Basis Of 'Atypical' Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Revealed

Thursday 19 December 2019


From US news outlet Stock Daily Dish:


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Medical News Today: Biological basis of ‘atypical‘ chronic fatigue syndrome revealed

By SDD Contributor
December 17, 2019
Copyright © 2019 — Stock Daily Dish. All Rights Reserved.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating disorder characterized by severe fatigue that lasts for more than 6 months. The condition is also accompanied by a range of symptoms, from muscle pain and headaches to cognitive dysfunction. The illness can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, and its cause is not yet known. However, new research finds the biological basis for two subgroups of chronic fatigue syndrome, which may in the future help clinicians to diagnose the disease and treat it more effectively.

New research shows that there may be two subgroups among patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and investigates the biological evidence for the condition.

(CFS), also sometimes referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), affects more than people in the United States. The disease is usually most prevalent in women in their 40s and 50s, with CFS being four times more frequent in women than in men.

[Symptoms] include joint pain, painful lymph nodes, having trouble sleeping, and , as well as difficulty concentrating and remembering things. Medical professionals do not yet know what causes the disease.

CFS is difficult to identify as there is no test for it, and because it shares some of its symptoms with other illnesses. However, new research investigates the biological basis for the illness and identifies two subgroups of CFS that go on to develop differently: the so-called classical CFS and an “atypical” variant.

The was carried out by researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University‘s Mailman School of Public Health in New York, and it was led by Dr. Mady Hornig, director of translational research at CII and associate professor of epidemiology at the university. The results were published in the journal Translational Psychiatry.


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