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Medical News and Perspectives
December 27, 2006

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Answers Sought

JAMA. 2006;296(24):2915. doi:10.1001/jama.296.24.2915

Nearly 20 years after being named as a clinical entity, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) remains a puzzling disease. Bolstered by recent findings providing clues to factors that play a role in the disorder, health officials have launched an effort to alert patients and physicians to the syndrome's potential seriousness. They discussed the endeavor during a recent telebriefing.

“Sometimes people question if [CFS is] real or not real,” said Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta. In addition to demonstrating that this illness is real, researchers are uncovering potential triggers and treatments.

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