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Could Germs in the Gut Give Rise to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 – Scientists have found differences in the gut bacteria of people with chronic fatigue syndrome versus their healthy peers. The finding is among the first to link abnormalities in the makeup of gut bacteria – the "microbiome" – and chronic fatigue, a mysterious and debilitating malady. Whether these differences are merely a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome or an underlying cause isn't clear, said study lead author Dr. W. Ian Lipkin. But they could be tied to disease severity, said Lipkin. He is director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Chronic fatigue syndrome affects about 1 million Americans – women more often than men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with the syndrome typically complain of extreme fatigue after exertion, muscle and joint pain, thinking ... Read more

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Are There Two Forms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – Scientists say they've found biological evidence of a second type of chronic fatigue syndrome they've dubbed "atypical." They said their findings may help lead to improved diagnosis and treatment for patients. People with chronic fatigue syndrome can feel extreme fatigue after exertion that doesn't improve with bed rest. They can also have headaches, muscle pain and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can persist for years. Typically, symptoms appear suddenly after a flu-like infection, a type the researchers call "classical." But atypical cases seem to develop from triggers that occur months or years before symptoms appear. Atypical chronic fatigue may also be accompanied by the later development of additional serious illnesses, such as seizure disorders or some cancers, the researchers said. The study included cerebrospinal fluid samples from 32 ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Not Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After All

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – A small-scale clinical trial has cast doubt upon the potential usefulness of an anti-inflammatory drug to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors had hoped that anakinra (Kineret) – a medication for rheumatoid arthritis – also could be used to relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. But after a month of daily anakinra injections, a group of 25 women reported chronic fatigue symptoms as severe as those experienced by a control group receiving placebo shots, researchers reported. "In this carefully and well-controlled study, we were unable to show a beneficial effect," said senior researcher Dr. Jos Van der Meer. "Of course, this is a disappointment," added Van der Meer, chair of internal medicine at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands. Anakinra treats rheumatoid arthritis by blocking interleukin-1, a biochemical produced by the ... Read more

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Gut Bacteria May Hold Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted 15 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Chronic fatigue syndrome – a condition that continues to baffle doctors – may be influenced by a person's intestinal bacteria – sometimes called gut microbiome, new research finds. "Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have a different profile of bacterial species in their gut microbiome than healthy individuals," said the study's senior author, Maureen Hanson. She's a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y. In the small study, she and her colleagues found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome had less diversity or different types of bacteria, compared to healthy people without chronic fatigue syndrome. People with chronic fatigue syndrome also had more species of bacteria that promote inflammation and fewer bacteria that dampen inflammation, the researchers found. The new findings provide evidence to refute ... Read more

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Chronic Fatigue Therapies Provide Some With Long-Term Relief

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – For some people with chronic fatigue syndrome, two types of treatment can provide long-term benefits, new research suggests. Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by extreme, debilitating fatigue that doesn't go away with rest, and lasts for six months or more, hindering normal, everyday activity. There is no cure. After evaluating four potential treatments for the mysterious condition, British researchers concluded that a form of talk therapy, called cognitive behavioral therapy, and graded exercise therapy are among the best available treatments for extended relief. "There is always hope for a simpler treatment in a pill, but we are not near that yet. So, at present treatments that work to rehabilitate patients toward normal activity remain the best ones," said Dr. Michael Sharpe, a study co-author and professor of psychological medicine at the University ... Read more

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Health Tip: Boost Energy Without Caffeine

Posted 6 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- When run down, many people reach for an extra cup of coffee. But there are plenty of energy-boosting foods that don't contain caffeine. The National Sleep Foundation recommends eating: Magnesium-rich nuts, such as hazelnuts, cashews or almonds. Iron-rich spinach, which promotes oxygen in the cells and boosts energy. Eggs, including the yolk. They're packed with protein and B vitamins, which help convert food into energy. Edamame, which is rich in B vitamins, phosphorous and copper, which also help convert food into energy. Fresh fruit, which offers natural sugar. It also has beneficial fiber. Opt for vitamin C-rich offerings, such as oranges, kiwi, mangoes, pineapple and strawberries. Read more

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DNA Damage May Play a Role in Gulf War Syndrome

Posted 23 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 – Unexplained chronic fatigue, muscle pain and problems with thinking are experienced by a quarter of Gulf War veterans, and new research suggests exposure to DNA-damaging chemicals may cause this condition, known as Gulf War Syndrome. Previous studies have suggested that the symptoms stem from a malfunction of mitochondria, the site in cells where molecules that power the body are made. The mitochondria have their own DNA, separate from the cell's. Increases in mitochondrial DNA damage the mitochondria's ability to produce energy, leaving the individual feeling slow and tired. And the new study found direct evidence of increased damage to this cell powerhouse among Gulf War vets. Researchers analyzed blood samples to measure the amount of mitochondrial DNA and degree of damage to this DNA among veterans with Gulf War Illness (GWI). The vets not only had more ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercising Despite Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted 28 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While chronic fatigue syndrome zaps your energy, regular exercise can help give you a boost. The American Council on Exercise offers this advice: Talk to your doctor about exercising safely. Start your exercise program slowly, and gradually increase the intensity, duration and frequency of exercise. As you get stronger, incorporate flexibility, cardiovascular and resistance training exercises. Schedule a few minutes of rest after each short bout of exercise. Begin and end each workout with gentle stretching. Read more

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Clues to 'Brain Fog' in Chronic Fatigue Patients Found in Spinal Fluid

Posted 31 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 – People with chronic fatigue syndrome show a distinct pattern of immune system proteins in their spinal fluid – a finding that could shed light on the "brain fog" that marks the condition, researchers say. The new study found that, compared with healthy people, those with chronic fatigue syndrome had lower levels of certain immune-system proteins called cytokines in the fluid that bathes the spinal cord and brain. The exception was one particular cytokine, which was elevated in not only people with chronic fatigue, but also those with multiple sclerosis. The finding could offer clues as to why people with chronic fatigue syndrome typically have problems with memory, concentration and thinking, said lead researcher Dr. Mady Hornig, a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. The study also bolsters evidence that some ... Read more

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Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted 27 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 – Chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be linked to specific changes in a person's immune system, particularly increased amounts of chemical messengers that regulate immune responses, researchers report. The study adds to growing evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by a malfunctioning immune system, said lead author Dr. Mady Hornig. She is director of Translational Research at the Jerome L. and Dawn Greene Infectious Disease Laboratory at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, in New York City. The immune system of a new chronic fatigue syndrome patient appears unable to shut down or reduce its response to an infection that has passed, Hornig said. Instead, the system continues to pump out large amounts of cytokines – chemical messengers that coordinate the response of the immune system's many cell types. "Their immune system is no ... Read more

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New Name, New Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Posted 10 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – Chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness affecting up to 2.5 million Americans, may soon get a new name and set of diagnostic criteria. In a report released Tuesday, an independent panel of experts convened by the U.S. government called the illness a "legitimate" disease that features five main symptoms and should be taken seriously by physicians. In fact, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee behind the report is urging that chronic fatigue syndrome be renamed "Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease," to better reflect the seriousness of its effect on patients. The new report could prove a watershed moment following years of struggle for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), who often have had to fight to convince doctors that something was truly wrong with them, said Suzanne Vernon, scientific director of the ... Read more

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Panel Asks: What Defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Posted 9 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Chronic fatigue syndrome is about to get a new clinical definition, with the hope that it will help physicians better diagnose people afflicted with the mysterious and complex disorder. On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine will release a long-awaited report that will define diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome and examine whether a new name for the disease is warranted. The report could prove a landmark moment following years of struggle for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), who often have had to fight to convince their own doctors that something was truly wrong with them, said Suzanne Vernon, scientific director of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative. "I believe we are at a tipping point for people suffering from ME/CFS, where we are going to be able to get people diagnosed, and with that diagnosis comes the ability ... Read more

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Early Menopause: CDC

Posted 5 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 – There's a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a new study suggests. The findings may help explain why women are two to four times more likely to have CFS than men, and why the condition is most common among women in their 40s, the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "CFS can take a tremendous toll on women's lives at midlife and on our society and health care system. Being aware of the association of CFS and earlier menopause can help providers assist women in sorting out symptoms of CFS from symptoms of menopause," Dr. Margery Gass, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a society news release. Although the study was able to find a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome, the researchers weren't able to learn whether one condition causes the ... Read more

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Therapists Must Ease Patients' Fear When Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Study

Posted 14 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 – Easing fears that exercise may worsen symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome is crucial in efforts to prevent disability in people with the condition, a new study says. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex condition, characterized by overwhelming fatigue that is not improved by bed rest, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Treatments are aimed at reducing patients' fatigue and improving physical function, such as the ability to walk and do everyday tasks. A previous study found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome benefit from two types of counseling: cognitive behavioral therapy, or graded exercise therapy, a personalized and gradually increasing exercise program. This new study looked at how the two approaches can help patients. "By identifying the mechanisms whereby some patients benefit from treatment, we hope that this ... Read more

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Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted 30 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 – There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates. Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine said their findings could help doctors diagnose this baffling condition and shed light on how it develops. People with chronic fatigue syndrome are often misdiagnosed or labeled as hypochondriacs. Using three types of brain scanning technologies, "we found that [chronic fatigue syndrome] patients' brains diverge from those of healthy subjects in at least three distinct ways," said the study's lead author, Dr. Michael Zeineh, assistant professor of radiology, in a Stanford news release. Chronic fatigue syndrome affects up to 4 million people in the United States alone, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition, which causes debilitating and ... Read more

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