By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
It took Tony Komaroff over thirty years to get this done but it may have been worth it. Komaroff, Harvard doctor, researcher and ME/CFS advocate, has been studying, writing about and advocating for ME/CFS research since at least 1987 when he was the senior author on no less than four studies.
Over his long research history, he’s examined pathogens, the immune system, brain scans, hormones, the autonomic nervous system, cognition and others. His huge 1996 “health status” study demonstrated that people with ME/CFS were more functionally inhibited than people with congestive heart failure, type II diabetes mellitus, heart attack, multiple sclerosis, and depression. All in all, Komaroff has co-authored over 80 studies on ME/CFS.
Only three times has he been able to get something published in JAMA. Ironically, his first “ME/CFS” study – on chronic Epstein-Barr virus – way back in 1987 landed in JAMA. Except for a comment he got published in 1997, that was it until this year when he got “Advances in Understanding the Pathophysiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” article published.
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