After Long-Awaited Recognition, Serious Research Begins On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome



By Vik Adhopia – CBC News.


A network of Canadian scientists is trying to make up for lost time in the search for a standard diagnostic test and treatment for a debilitating, poorly understood disease that had long been dismissed as a psychological illness.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis ― commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) ― is a multi-system disease that affects approximately 580,000 Canadians of all ages, according to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

“ME is probably the last medical enigma of the 21st century,” said Alain Moreau, a Montreal-based scientist who heads the newly created Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Research Network, or ICanCME. (It’s pronounced “I can see M.E.”)


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