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For chronic fatigue syndrome, a ‘shifting tide’ at NIH

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Science  11 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6313, pp. 691-692
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6313.691

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  • RE: Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Silvio Pitlik, Physician, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
    • Other Contributors:
      • Nina Pitlik, Pharmacologist, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo

    At some point in time the NIH will have to delineate the boundaries for funding research of a ”mysterious illness” which is probably a disease of mind with no viral etiology, no auto-immune mechanisms or no effective drug therapy. To our modest opinion, efforts should concentrate on defining the best life style modifiers and types of emotional support to be given by health-care professionals and family members. In addition, we propose to eliminate the frightening, unsupported and deleterious term “encephalomyelitis” from the title for this condition.

    Competing Interests: None declared.