What was the study?
Researchers used 100 blood samples from the Solve ME/CFS Biobank of patients who were long-term patients of expert clinicians and met the Fukuda and/or Canadian Consensus case definitions. These blood samples were compared in a blinded method with 79 healthy control samples from people who were matched on criteria such as age, sex, location, race and BMI. They measured 34 plasma cytokines, chemokines and growth factors. The analysis included comparisons of the midpoints of the ME/CFS group and controls, cluster analysis, as well as techniques aiming to create a model able to predict ME patients.
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