Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the Spotlight

By Katherine Hobson, The Wall Street Journal,

The WSJ’s Amy Dockser Marcus has been covering chronic fatigue syndrome and its associated controversies — including whether the syndrome is associated with a retrovirus called XMRV — for a while now.

Her latest story for the WSJ took her to Lyndonville, a small farming town in upstate New York. Some 26 years ago, children fell ill after taking a sledding excursion together. The story chronicles what happened to those kids, and to research into the possible causes of chronic fatigue syndrome, which is what the children were eventually diagnosed with.

The physician who treated the children is hoping new scientific investigations into XMRV will tease out the cause of a syndrome that is still very mysterious. Read more>>

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