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Numerous research studies
have been conducted on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as chronic
fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). Most of the research has
involved the search for a cause, efficacious treatment, prevalence rates and
Research articles and
abstracts are available on the The CFIDS Association of America Web site or by
- The 1994 International
Case Definition, albeit a
research definition, provides a diagnostic framework for clinicians.
- A recent
prevalence study conducted by
researchers at DePaul University and published in the Archives of Internal
Medicine documents that 800,000 Americans may have CFS and disputes
earlier assumptions that CFS is found primarily in well-to-do, educated,
young, white females.
Fatigue Syndrome: New Insights and Old Ignorance. Evengard B;
Schacterle RS; Komaroff AL. J Intern Med 1999 Nov;246
Doctor-Patient Relationship in Primary
Care of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Perspectives of the Doctor and Patient. Prins, J; Bleijenberg G; Rouweler, EK; van Weel C; van der Meer JWM. J
CFS 2000; Vol 7(4):3-15.
Fatigue Syndrome: Current Concepts of Pathogenesis and Treatment. Lloyd AR; Hickie I; Peterson PK. Curr Clin Top Infect Dis; 19:135-59.
expression of tumor necrosis factor in chronic fatigue syndrome:
interrelations with cellular sources and patterns of soluble immune mediator
expression. Patarca R, Klimas NG, Lugtendorf S, Antoni M, Fletcher
MA. Clin Infect Dis 1994 Jan; 18 Suppl1:S147-53.