Advances in our understanding of how the human body works - why some people are healthy and others suffer occasional or chronic illnesses - is an ongoing commitment of dedicated professionals in the medical health fields. Yet it is no secret that there are no hard answers to many of these questions. As the research and diagnostic tools at our disposal become more advanced, we discover new information. New information leads to new breakthroughs. And so we progress.
It is therefore appropriate - and, yet, still remarkable - that a breakthrough in research has uncovered that chronic fatigue syndrome (still considered by some to be a mental illness) is likely an immune deficiency disease and, therefore, treatable.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is estimated to affect as many as one million Americans, yet since its official recognition by the government in the 1980s as a medical condition, no one knows how it develops or exactly how to treat it.
Chronic fatigue syndrome typically involves severe, chronic tiredness that lasts six months or longer and is unexplained. The diagnosis also involves four or more of the following symptoms over those six months (not to predate the exhaustion): sore throat; impaired short-term memory or concentration; tender lymph nodes; muscle pain; multi-joint pain without swelling or redness; headaches; unrefreshing sleep; and/or malaise that lasts more than 24 hours following any kind of exertion (mental or physical).
Now, according to an April, 2006 article in the Wall Street Journal, research led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has discovered that people with chronic fatigue syndrome have subtle changes in their immune systems, some brain functions and metabolisms. The research shows that the genetic makeup or physiology of people with chronic fatigue syndrome is different than for those without CFS. As a result, people with CFS are likely to react poorly to daily stresses of life and are less able to fight and react to infection and injuries.
This newest research shows that those suffering from chronic fatigue have physical changes in certain genes, and central nervous system and immune functions. This means that with renewed research focused on the involvement of certain genes and other bodily system functions, there may be new, exciting breakthroughs ahead.
This link to the immune system and other biological factors offers significant clues that to date, had not been proven. The research was published in 14 separate papers in April, 2006's Pharmacogenomics, a medical journal published by Future Medicine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any medication for chronic fatigue syndrome. Symptoms are treated with painkillers, antidepressants, and - sometimes - stimulants.
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