Sunday, April 23, 2006

Genetic And Environmental Factors Impact Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

Genetic And Environmental Factors Impact Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

ver the past year, CDC scientists have worked with experts in medicine, molecular biology, epidemiology, genomics, mathematics, engineering, and physics to analyze and interpret information gathered from 227 CFS patients. The information was gathered during a study in which volunteers spent two days in a hospital research ward. During this time, they underwent detailed clinical evaluations, measurement of sleep physiology, cognitive function, autonomic nervous system function, and extensive blood evaluations, including an assessment of the activity of 20,000 genes, in an attempt to identify factors that potentially cause or are related to CFS.


Blogger John said...

I was actually thinking for a while that I might be suffering from CFS, but the symptoms didn't really match up all that well with what I was reading. I think it's just depression/middle age crisis (or middle age PSYCHOSIS, in my case)! So what were the results of the study? Please don't tell me it's virus! If so, it better be a cool looking one.

Mon. Apr. 24, 11:35:00 p.m. 2006  
Blogger tom l said...

as a former longtime CFS sufferer (1984-1996, mainly, with occasional recurring symptoms) this study makes a little sense to me. stress certainly brings out the symptoms in me nowadays - but i doubt it has anything to do with triggering the illness the first place. it seems to me like another interesting aspect, but not likely to lead to the source. we've been down these roads so many times ...

Wed. Apr. 26, 10:13:00 a.m. 2006  
Blogger tom l said...

oh they treat CFS pretty bad here. they always callit "the yuppie flu", as if only young rich white people complained of being so tired all the time - pretty infuriating. i got it before it had any name (epstein-barr was the first name they had for it here, around 1985-86) and had to deal with lots of doctors who didn't believe me. even when i did find sensible doctors, there was nothing they could do for me (although we tried a variety of useless treatments). eventually my symptoms lessened. so i am definitely interested in studies like this, i just don't get my hopes up!

Wed. Apr. 26, 01:39:00 p.m. 2006  
Anonymous lisalee said...

Hi, we're talking about CFS and what it means to have a genetic cause for it at DNA Direct Talk:

A great, comprehensive book about CFS - from causes, to treatments, to coping strategies - is by Dr. Katrina Berne. She's got CFS and spent many years getting diagnosed. She's devoted her career to it. See:

Thu. May 04, 10:47:00 a.m. 2006  

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