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Gulf War Illness And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Two Distinct Brain Disorders

Monday 7 September 2020


From Mental Daily:



Gulf War Illness And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Two Distinct Brain Disorders

New research released in Brain Communications suggests that they are actually distinct conditions.

By News Staff
August 21, 2020
© 2020 Mental Daily. All Rights Reserved.

Although symptoms of Gulf War illness (GWI) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) overlap, new research released in Brain Communications suggests that both are actually distinct conditions.

The new study, initiated at Georgetown University Medical Center, made the distinction after examining the brain imaging scans of veterans with either GWI or CFS.

Common symptoms among both conditions include cognitive problems, pain, and fatigue after strenuous exercise.

In the findings, the brain imaging scans unveiled that the brains of the participants with GWI behaved differently compared to the participants with CFS on similar tasks.

“Exercise had two predominant effects on brain activity in neural substrates of working memory and cognitive function. In GWI, exercise caused a reduction in BOLD signal in the posterior midbrain, but in ME/CFS it caused an increase in operculo-insular cortical activation,” the findings state.


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