Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Not Fully Understood

Date:
November 15, 1999
Source:
Center For The Advancement Of Health
Summary:
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a "multidimensional illness experience" that is not well-understood by researchers and health care professionals, according to scientists at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Medicine and Dentistry at the New Jersey Medical School.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a "multidimensional illness experience" that is not well-understood by researchers and health care professionals, according to scientists at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Medicine and Dentistry at the New Jersey Medical School.

Related Articles


The researchers conducted an extensive review of recent studies addressing the definition, prevalence, prognosis, causes, and treatment of CFS. Their research appears in the current issue (Vol. 21, No. 3) of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

"CFS is a frustrating illness for its sufferers, their physicians and allied health care professionals, and the scientists studying it," said Susan K. Johnson, PhD, head of the study. "Although CFS has been the focus of increased research efforts in the past decade, a fractious lack of consensus exists on how it should be defined, and insufficient progress has been made toward understanding its etiology and prognosis, and toward designing effective treatments."

Definitions of CFS have evolved over time. According to a 1994 joint Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institutes of Health working group, CFS involves six-month’s duration of persistent, unexplained fatigue combined with other symptoms such as cognitive impairment, sore throat, tender neck or lymph nodes, muscle pain, joint paint, unusual headache, unrefreshing sleep, and more than 24 hours of post-exertional malaise.

Just as definitions of CFS vary, the literature review also showed that estimates of its prevalence also vary. Studies in the United States have estimated that as many as 380 out of every 100,000 people suffer from the syndrome, which most often afflicts middle-aged women.

The researchers also note that debate continues as to whether CFS is an emotional disorder or an organic disease. Some researchers have postulated that CFS is a manifestation of a psychiatric condition such as hypochondriasis, somatization disorder, or forms of depression, although patterns of CFS generally differ from those of depression. Other scientists contend that CFS is a medical illness resulting from a virus or an infection or from neuroendocrine abnormalities.

The research was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Center For The Advancement Of Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Center For The Advancement Of Health. "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Not Fully Understood." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 November 1999. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/11/991115065804.htm>.
Center For The Advancement Of Health. (1999, November 15). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Not Fully Understood. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 27, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/11/991115065804.htm
Center For The Advancement Of Health. "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Not Fully Understood." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/11/991115065804.htm (accessed November 27, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 26, 2014) — Researchers in the United States are preparing to discover whether a drug commonly used in human organ transplants can extend the lifespan and health quality of pet dogs. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Newsy (Nov. 26, 2014) — Advances in prosthetics are making replacement body parts stronger and more lifelike than they’ve ever been. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
From Popcorn To Vending Snacks: FDA Ups Calorie Count Rules

From Popcorn To Vending Snacks: FDA Ups Calorie Count Rules

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) — The US FDA is announcing new calorie rules on Tuesday that will require everywhere from theaters to vending machines to include calorie counts. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Daily Serving Of Yogurt Could Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Daily Serving Of Yogurt Could Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) — Need another reason to eat yogurt every day? Researchers now say it could reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins