13 Nov '17, 2am

Chronic fatigue syndrome is not imagined but a genuine illness: Study

SINGAPORE: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is not a psychological condition as previously thought, said researchers who have found evidence that it is caused by changes in brain chemistry. CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME, is characterised by physical and mental fatigue, pain and cognitive dysfunction. The study conducted by Georgetown University Medical Center discovered that CFS is caused by a brain molecule called miRNA. Its changing levels can bring about tiring symptoms. For comparison, the researchers also studied patients with Gulf War Illness (GWI), which causes similar symptoms, including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and joint pain. The name "Gulf War Illness" was given to the condition that veterans deployed to the 1990 to 1991 Persian Gulf War experienced after being exposed to nerve agents, pesticides and other toxic chemicals. More than one q...

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