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An Overactive Immune System May Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Chronic fatigue syndrome can be a frustrating condition, disrupting the ability to pursue a career and enjoy personal activities. But one key to fighting the disease is to identify its cause. Noting that many begin suffering from the syndrome following a challenge to the body’s immune system, such as an infection, scientists believe they may have pinpointed what causes it.

After studying 55 patients who had Hepatitis-C, the scientists discovered that 18 of those patients went on to develop chronic fatigue syndrome. The key to the reaction, they believe, is a drug that those patients took that challenges the immune system similarly to the way an infection does. As a result, the team believes that chronic fatigue syndrome could happen as a result of an overactive immune system. This overactivity is in place both before, during, and after something challenges the immune system.

This is only the latest study in a growing collection of evidence that the immune system plays an important role in causing chronic fatigue syndrome. Identifying this link could be the first step into developing treatments, or at least predicting whether someone is at risk through a screening procedure. There currently is no known cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, which affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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