By Mike McRae in Science Alert.
If you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who deals with the symptoms of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome, sometimes also called myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME), it can often feel like your entire body is drained of energy.
New research has found immune cells taken from the blood of volunteers diagnosed with the condition show clear signs of low energy production, not only adding details to a complex and confusing condition, but demonstrating once again that it’s not a disease that can be fixed with willpower alone.
Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK investigated how white blood cells taken from healthy patients differed to those taken from individuals with a history of CFS.
For one of the scientists involved, it was more than just an academic question. Biomedical researcher and PhD student Cara Tomas knows from personal experience what the condition is capable of, and how often it is seen as poor mental health.
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