Discovered: Markers for Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue syndrome has frustrated patients and doctors for many years. Debilitating fatigue after normal exertion, not alleviated by rest, no known triggers, difficult to diagnose…But now, researchers at Cornell University have identified biological markers for the condition in bacteria found in the gut, and inflammatory agents in the blood of people with CFS.
Diagnosing chronic fatigue typically involves lengthy tests administered by an expert in the syndrome. In a recent study involving people diagnosed with CFS and a healthy control group, researchers correctly identified 83% of those with chronic fatigue through stool samples and blood samples alone.
Further studies are needed to determine if these markers are the cause or consequence of the condition. At the very least, the "detection of a biological abnormality provides further evidence against the ridiculous concept that the disease is psychological in origin," according to the senior author of the study, Maureen Hanson.
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