By Peter Dockrill in Science Alert.
For years, a line has divided millions of patients from their doctors, separating those who experience the debilitating effects of chronic fatigue syndrome from a medical establishment that has traditionally refused to acknowledge or agree upon the condition.
Now, finally, that barrier is beginning to crumble.
In recent times, a series of studies has identified evidence of biological mechanisms that could contribute to the disorder – and now new research from the Netherlands is being hailed as an important advance in our understanding of the illness.
Researchers at the University Medical Centre Groningen have discovered a link between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – aka myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) – and lower thyroid hormone levels.
If the findings can be confirmed by additional research, it could be a first step toward finding a treatment for this maddening, mysterious disease.
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