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Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as
four in 1,000 people in the United States, perhaps
Despite that, there s been slow progress in
understanding the disease, and researchers still
aren t exactly sure what causes it. Now, a small
new study hints that subtle differences in the
brain s white matter might have something to do
with the disease.
CFS has a controversial past. For years, health
officials denied it even existed, ironically dismissing
it as a sign of mental illness. But in the last few
years, more and more
researchers are taking
it seriously. The latest
research points to
as a likely cause or at
least trigger of CFS, the
symptoms of which
memory and concen-
tration, extreme fatigue
after exercise, muscle
and joint pain, and
unrefreshing sleep. Yet
exactly how CFS works
remains something of
One avenue worth
exploring is brain
Zeineh and colleagues write in the journal Radi-
ology, though previous brain studies of patients
with CFS have yielded inconsistent results. To
probe deeper, Zeineh and company used standard
functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI,
along with a technique called diffusion tensor
imaging, which helps researchers and doctors
examine microscopic properties of brain tissues.
Using those methods, the team compared the
brains of 15 patients with CFS, identified using
the so-called Fukuda definition, and a control
group of 14 healthy people who d been chosen to
match the CFS group on traits such as age and
Using standard fMRI, the researchers discovered
that CFS patients brains generally had less white
matter - the long, fibre-like nerves that transmit
electrical signals between different parts of the
brain - than those of control subjects. On its own,
that s not really that surprising.
What was truly odd was what went on in a
white-matter tract called the right arcuate fasci-
culus, which connects the frontal and temporal
lobes of the brain. There, diffusion tensor imaging
revealed signs of stronger nerve fibres running
along parts of the right arcuate fasciculus, or pos-
sibly weaker nerve fibres crossing it - in theory,
a sign of a better-connected brain. Odder still,
that effect was strongest in patients with the most
severe CFS symptoms.
It was "an unexpected finding for a disorder
characterised by reduced cognitive abilities," the
authors write, though they point out an intriguing
recent study suggesting something similar hap-
pening in some patients with Alzheimer s disease.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
and the brain's white matter
These findings could help doctors better diagnose
severe cases of CFS, and they may also help
researchers trying to understand the syndrome s
origins. Still, the team suggests caution. "Overall,
this study has a small number of subjects, so all
the findings in this study require replication and
exploration in a larger group of subjects," they
write. (Huffington Post)
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Using standard fMRI, the researchers
discovered that CFS patients' brains
generally had less white matter - the
long, fibre-like nerves that transmit
electrical signals between different
parts of the brain - than those of
control subjects. On its own, that's
not really that surprising.
CFS has a
past. For years,
denied it even
dismissing it as
a sign of mental
illness. But in the
last few years,
more and more
differences in the
matter might have
something to do with
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