Scientists may have found the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
Scientists may have found the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which medicine has been battling unsuccessfully for decades
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The syndrome is also accompanied by a "failure", aching muscles and a characteristic "fog in the head". Both physical and mental forces in the human body are depleted so much that it loses the ability to work and lead a full life. Until now, medicine did not know an effective cure for CFS, symptomatic treatment was used.
American scientists from the University of Nevada have found a clear link between CFS and the XMRV retrovirus, which is related to prostate cancer. It is still too early to say that this particular virus causes CFS, but scientists consider it a prime candidate for this role.
The results of the study were published in the authoritative journal Science. During the experiments, the XMRV virus was found in the blood of 68 out of 101 patients suffering from CFS. Meanwhile, in the control group of 218 people without CFS, the virus was found in only 8 samples. In another series of studies, scientists found antibodies to XMRV in 95% of people with CFS. The presence of antibodies to the virus means that these people are infected with XMRV.
If these studies are confirmed, this will lead to a change in the treatment of CFS. Chronic fatigue syndrome will begin to be treated with antiviral drugs.