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2008-06-24 02:30:29

Brigitte Huber, PhD, of the Tufts University School of Medicine, presented evidence at a medical conference that suggested that a reactivated ancient retrovirus embedded in the human genome may be active in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Danish scientists at the same conference suggested that the activation of this retrovirus, dormant in healthy individuals, could be the reason why autoimmune conditions worsen with viral infections. Chronic Fatigue...

2008-06-24 02:29:21

A study suggests that a "smoldering" central nervous system (CNS) infection may play a role in conditions that plague millions of Americans. Kazuhiro Kondo, MD, PhD, of the Jikei University Medical School in Tokyo identified a novel human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) protein present in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients but not healthy controls that may contribute to psychological symptoms often associated with that and other disorders. "Causes of many chronic diseases are unknown and chronic...

2008-06-17 18:00:43

By SHANTEE WOODARDS Staff Writer Toni Marshall remembers the days when it was easy to leave the house and go to work, but that was 15 years ago. The Arnold resident once worked as a tax auditor, spending long hours going over invoices while staying involved in several social groups. But her activity plunged after she developed a sinus infection. Even after it cleared up, she noticed she could get 12 to 15 hours of sleep and still wake up exhausted. She was concerned and...

2008-02-27 21:00:08

By Abram Katz Patients across Connecticut and the country are demanding extreme treatments for "chronic Lyme disease," but the condition does not exist, according to a group of scientists from Yale, Harvard, the University of Connecticut and other institutions. Many of the men and women and their children are experiencing profoundly disturbing symptoms, but there is no scientific evidence any are afflicted with a chronic infection of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, said lead author...

2006-04-20 15:08:36

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Results from the largest study of chronic fatigue syndrome to date suggests that there are specific genes and gene activity patterns that make some people more prone to develop the disorder. During a telebriefing Thursday, Dr. William C. Reeves, head of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said: "For the first time ever, we have documented that people with CFS have certain...

2006-01-17 15:15:00

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Chronic illness characterized by a complex of multiple symptoms is more common in deployed Gulf War I (1991) veterans than in nondeployed veterans, according to a report in the American Journal of Epidemiology. "Veterans with multiple complaints may have chronic multisymptom illness," Dr. Melvin S. Blanchard from St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Louis, told Reuters Health. "It is important to seek co-morbid conditions such as...

2005-10-31 23:28:31

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Because Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose in the absence of the characteristic "bull's eye rash," the illness can become entrenched and difficult to treat. In such cases, symptoms such as memory loss, irritability and fatigue, may predominate, according to a study presented at the sixth annual Lyme Conference in Philadelphia. "No one was studying chronic Lyme disease, yet a growing number of patients were suffering with chronic...

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2005-07-20 15:20:00

LONDON -- Help may finally be at hand for sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) thanks to a group of British researchers who have found abnormalities in the white blood cells of the afflicted. If the early results are borne out by wider research -- and initial indications are that they will be -- it could lead not only to a blood test for the condition but possibly a drug to treat it, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday. "We have shown that a significant part of the...

2005-06-08 18:18:19

St. Louis, June 8, 2005 - More than a decade after the first Gulf War in 1991, a detailed comparison of the health of veterans who were deployed to the Persian Gulf region and veterans who served elsewhere has found that the health of the two groups is very similar. However, the study also found that Gulf War veterans are more likely to have chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome. The proportion of Gulf War veterans with these two illnesses is very small, according to lead author...