Chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness are distinct syndromes

Researchers at Georgetown University have found two distinct molecular signatures in the brain disorders chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Gulf War Illness (GWI). In the past many doctors have told patients suffering from these syndromes that the disorders are psychological in origin so this news may come as useful to patients. The work also showed two variants of GWI. The two brain disorders share have many of the commonalities, such as fatigue, pain, exhaustion after exercise, and cognitive dysfunction. According to the National Academy of Medicine, chronic fatigue syndrome affects between 836,000 and 2.5 million Americans. The disorder was believed to be psychological in origin until a 2015 review of 9,000 articles pointed to unspecified biological causes.  Gulf War Illness has developed in more than one-fourth of the 697,000 veterans in the U.S. who were in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. Gulf War … Read more