Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research


Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that has attracted more controversies than any other condition. No one knows the clear cause of the condition in the first place. Its cure has not been nailed down either. Diagnosing CFS can be a really difficult thing. At some point in time, the debate as to whether CFS is a real disease raged and subsided with time. This has contributed to CFS being considered a controversial condition. Despite the fact that much research on CFS has been done in the past, the following two questions have not been answered:

  • What exactly causes CFS?
  • What is the cure for CFS?

Thanks to the unanswered questions and unresolved controversies, many scientists across the world have tried to do thorough studies on CFS- and of course, researches is still ongoing. Take a look at this scientific research milestone: relationship between inflammation and CFS. According to a study done by the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers, there is a connection between inflammation and chronic fatigue syndrome. The research established the relationship between CFS and 17 immune system cytokines (immune system proteins). The concentration of these cytokines in the blood correlate with the severity of the symptoms of the condition, supporting the claim that inflammation plays a role in the occurrence of CFS. For about 35 years, researchers had failed to establish this relationship.

The findings of the research at Stanford University School of Medicine may be helpful in further understanding of CFS. This understanding may lead to improved diagnosis, which may eventually result in the discovery of a CFS cure, who knows? “There’s been a great deal of controversy and confusion surrounding ME/CFS- even whether it is an actual disease, but our findings show clearly that it’s an inflammatory disease and provide a solid basis for a diagnostic blood test.” These were the words of Mark Davis, the seniour author of the study.