By The Associated Press, Wednesday, February 23, 2011:
-- Scientists have discovered proteins in spinal fluid that can distinguish people with two mysterious illnesses that mimic each other - chronic fatigue syndrome and a kind of chronic Lyme disease.
Wednesday's study is small and needs verification. But specialists called it a promising start at clearing some of the confusion surrounding two illnesses with similar symptoms and no good means of diagnosis.
The new study analyzed spinal fluid from 25 of those chronic Lyme patients, 43 people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and 11 healthy people. Using a special high-powered technology, researchers detected more than 2,500 proteins in each group.
More important, they found clear sets of proteins - hundreds each - unique to each disease, said Dr. Steven Schutzer of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, who led the work. Read more>>