September 30, 2011 |
For more than 100 years, medical literature has contained reports of a debilitating illness that causes prolonged fatigue, memory loss, headaches, cognitive problems and issues with digestion and sleep. Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir and Thomas Eakins all suffered from what was then known as neurasthenia. At that time, the recommended treatment for women was bed rest; men were advised to head to the Wild West. But neither treatment could be counted on to cure the disease. Toward the end of the 20th century, doctors came up with the term chronic fatigue syndrome (or, in Europe, myalgic encephalomyelitis)
May 24, 2010 |
Suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome meant I was exhausted all the time. I felt like I had cotton candy where a brain should be. Embarrassingly for a former English major, I lost words, even simple ones. "You know, those things! They go on feet!" I'd cry, frustrated. "Shoes?" my mom would ask. "Socks?" I also lost my life as I knew it. One week I had a full college load, my nights spent clubbing or writing essays, surviving on caffeine and chocolate. The next, I became so exhausted pulling on pantyhose that I had to lie down for an hour.
September 9, 2010
Teenagers with chronic fatigue syndrome may push themselves too hard, which contributes to ongoing fatigue, claim the authors of a new study. Researchers followed 301 adolescents with mononucleosis, which often precedes chronic fatigue syndrome in teens. They diagnosed 39 teens with chronic fatigue syndrome six months after the mononucleosis diagnosis. That group of adolescents was compared with 39 of the youths who had mononucleosis but who had recovered fully after six months.
October 25, 2010
A new study casts further doubt on the role of a retrovirus, XMRV, in human disease, adding weight to the possibility that earlier studies finding a link between the virus and cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome may have been wrong. In the study, researchers from the National Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins Medicine report being unable to find any evidence of the retrovirus in nearly 800 prostate cancer samples. "It is possible that XMRV is not actually circulating in the human population," the team wrote in its paper published by the journal Cancer Research last week.
May 6, 2011 |
This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details. The news this week was not good for those banking on a link between the retrovirus XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome. A much-awaited study — arguably the most comprehensive search for evidence of XMRV in the blood of chronic fatigue syndrome patients to date — was published Wednesday in the Journal of Virology. That study, which examined the blood of 100 patients and 200 healthy peers, found no evidence of the retrovirus in anybody’s blood.
October 9, 2009 |
In what may prove to be the first major breakthrough in the fight against the mysterious and controversial disorder known as chronic fatigue syndrome, researchers reported today that they have found traces of a virus in the vast majority of patients with the disease, commonly known as CFS. The same virus has previously been identified in at least a quarter of prostate tumors, particularly those that are very aggressive, and has also been linked...