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Myalgic encephalomyelitis: A review with emphasis on key findings in biomedical research

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This review examines research findings in patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in light of the current debate about this chronic multiple-symptom, multiorgan, multisystem illness and the conflicting views in medicine.

These issues cannot be separated from the political opinions and assertions that conflict with science and medicine, and will be part of this review as they have enormous consequences for scientific and medical research, patients, clinicians, carers and policy makers.

Abbreviations: CBT, cognitive-behavioural therapy; CFS, chronic fatigue syndrome; GET, graded exercise therapy; ME myalgic encephalomyelitis; ME/CFS, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome; WHO, World Health Organization

Source: Journal of Clinical Pathology. 2007 May;60:466-471. PMID: 16935967, by Hooper M, School of Health, Natural and Social Sciences, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK; [E – mail: malcolm.hooper@virgin.net ]

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