By Cathie Anderson in The Tribune.
Researchers at Stanford University and UC Irvine appear close to giving people with chronic fatigue syndrome something they have wanted for decades: a biological test that diagnoses their disease, according to a research paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Those who suffer from the illness have long faced skepticism not only from friends and family but even from the medical community because there is no diagnostic test that can flag the illness formally known as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.
Typically when individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome seek help from a doctor, they undergo a series of tests that check blood counts, immune cell counts and organ function counts. The diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome comes because everything else has been ruled out.
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