Legitimizing myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: indications of change over a decade, by Fred Friedberg in Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, February 5, 2020


Research abstract:

This commentary identifies recent scientific and clinical milestones that appear to have increased legitimization of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

These milestones include government-funded reports recognizing the seriousness of ME/CFS, new initiatives for biomedical research sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health, official endorsement of the ME/CFS name, publication of practitioner primers, and the launch of a new peer-review fatigue journal.

These positive developments are tempered by ongoing illness challenges including patient stigma, absence of diagnostic markers, a lack of established treatments, and a dearth of researchers and knowledgeable, interested clinicians.


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