Study Brings New Hope for Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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More than a quarter of the nearly 700,000 US veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s have been diagnosed with Gulf War Illness. And up to 2.5 million Americans are believed to be affected by chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Despite symptoms ranging from pain to cognitive dysfunction to exhaustion after exercise, both disorders were long believed to be psychological in nature, according to a press release. But in a study published Friday in Scientific Reports, researchers say they've found unique molecular patterns in the brain that hint at a physical cause for the brain disorders. And that's a first step toward figuring out a way to both diagnose and treat Gulf War Illness and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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