May 25, 1995 |
The world's top woman soccer player was curled up on her hotel room bed, watching gymnastics on television. The night before, she had spearheaded the United States' 3-0 victory over Brazil in Tacoma, Wash. The next afternoon, she again would help defeat the Brazilians, 4-1, in Portland, Ore. But in between, she was too weak to leave her room, too exhausted to go on a midday shopping trip with her teammates. This is what life has become for Michelle Akers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1989 |
Researchers report new evidence linking a common virus to Hodgkin's disease. Nancy Mueller and her colleagues at the Harvard University School of Public Health found people whose blood contained active Epstein-Barr virus or EBV appeared much more likely to go on to develop Hodgkin's disease. Previous studies had found people who had had mononucleosis, which is caused by EBV, were at increased risk for Hodgkin's disease, a relatively unusual cancer of the lymph nodes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1989 |
Researchers reported new evidence last week exonerating a virus blamed for causing the so-called "yuppie flu" but deepening the mystery surrounding the syndrome that causes debilitating fatigue. Dr. Stephen Straus and his colleagues at the National Institutes of Health found an anti-viral drug that attacks the suspected culprit, Epstein-Barr virus, did not help people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
August 19, 1988
Chronic fatigue is one of the most common complaints patients take to their doctors, but it may be associated more with anxiety or depression than with any physical disease, a study indicated. A test for detecting the virus sometimes blamed for chronic fatigue--the Epstein-Barr virus--appears of little help in determining the cause of a patient's tiredness or what the treatment should be, another study said. Both were reported in today's Journal of the American Medical Assn.
May 1, 1987 |
The Epstein-Barr virus is often blamed for causing a chronic fatigue syndrome that bears its name. But according to two studies being published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., the virus appears to have nothing to do with the disorder in many cases. The studies, however, are likely to frustrate both patients and physicians. While they confirm the existence of the ailment, they shed little light on its actual cause or how to treat it.
October 12, 1986
It is unfortunate that the article in the Health section on Sept. 23 has added to the confusion about the Epstein-Barr virus. Although doctors have been studying the Epstein-Barr virus for years, it is only in the past months that certain researchers have tried to draw a connection between it and persistent fatigue. The feeling of fatigue that is frequently experienced by normal, healthy people can also be associated with almost any medical illness you may care to consider. For this reason, doctors consider the complaint of fatigue as "non-specific," meaning that it is not a helpful symptom in diagnosing the cause of a patient's illness.