Chronic Fatigue Linked to Three Genes

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by wiki, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. wiki

    wiki New Member

    Read this:

    ATLANTA, April 20 - Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been linked to five mutations in three genes that are related to the body's ability to handle stress.

    "For the first time ever, we have documented that people with CFS have (variations in) certain genes that are related to those parts of brain activity that mediate the stress response," said William Reeves, M.D., director of CFS research at the CDC here.

    Also, people with the syndrome have differences in genetic activity levels that affect the way they respond to stress accumulated over a lifetime, Dr. Reeves said in a media telebriefing to announce 14 research papers arising from a CDC study in Wichita, Kan.

    The findings could lead to better diagnostic tools for the syndrome, which is often regarded as ill-defined, and to better treatments, including both cognitive and behavioral therapies and new drugs, Dr. Reeves said.

    The papers, published in the April issue of the journal Pharmacgenomics, were described as "groundbreaking" by Dr. Reeves, but were not made available to reporters by the CDC.

    The research "is really the first credible evidence of the biological basis for chronic fatigue syndrome," said CDC director Julie Gerberding. "It reflects a remarkable confluence of a number of scientific advances," she added...
  2. Smiffy

    Smiffy Member

    That's really interesting, thanks wiki!
  3. findmind

    findmind New Member

    Look at all the posts the last 2-3 days about this! They are amazing...

    And, you'll see a bunch of differing opinions about the results of this major study...

    whether its really anything new

    why they didn't talk about all the viral and bacterial infections

    why it was wonderful to finally be "validated"

    Or, were we? Some think it made us sound responsible or able to somehow deal with the stressors of life.

    Lots of good threads to follow, so happy reading!


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