Washington (AFP) – As reported in Business Insider (UK).
I am told that the heading may not be totally accurate, but worth a read nonetheless.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease with distinct stages that can be identified through biomarkers in the blood, researchers said Friday, offering hope that earlier diagnosis may improve treatment.
Scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health said their findings represent “the first robust physical evidence” that the syndrome is “a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder, and the first evidence that the disease has distinct stages.”
The report was published in the journal Science Advances.
With no known cause or cure, chronic fatigue syndrome — known formally as encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) — has long puzzled the medical community. It can cause extreme tiredness, headaches, difficulty concentrating and muscle pain.
“We now have evidence confirming what millions of people with this disease already know, that ME/CFS isn’t psychological,” said lead author Mady Hornig, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School.
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