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There was an interesting podcast on CFS on the 'Naked Scientists', out of Cambridge University in the UK. The upshot of some of the research coming out of there is that CFS seems to be triggered by infection - the severity matters more than the infectious agent - in people who are genetically susceptible, and that it involves abnormal levels of lactic acid in the blood, and problems with orthostatic tolerance similar to what is often seen in the elderly. They also had an earlier podcast about a very small study in Norway where some CFS patients were given a drug used to treat some kind of blood cancer - lymphoma, I think. Maybe some new angles are on the horizon....

September 19, 2012 - 2:57pm


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