Researchers might soon redefine the mysterious condition, while the latest findings point to the role of brain inflammation.
May 16, 2014 By Katherine Harmon Courage
More than one million people in the U.S. suffer from a poorly understood, difficult-to-diagnose condition that can leave them debilitated by unshakable exhaustion, pain, depression and cognitive trouble. Researchers, however, are still unsure what causes chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), how to treat it, how best to diagnose it and even what to call it.
A new study is now providing hope for better understanding—and potentially better diagnosing—the disease. It has revealed a striking pattern of brain inflammation in CFS patients. Meanwhile, diagnosis and definition of the disease could soon be getting a major overhaul as a new $1-million Institute of Medicine (IOM) study gets underway at the request of theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Is the exhausting search for answers about CFS finally coming to an end?
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