Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Effective treatments available for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy can be effective treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome, concludes the latest research from the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York.

Published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, this comprehensive systematic review assessed the effects of interventions used to treat, manage and rehabilitate patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)

The review examined the research evidence on behavioural, immunological, pharmacological, complementary therapies and nutritional supplements used to treat, manage and rehabilitate patients with CFS/ME. Overall, the interventions assessed demonstrated mixed results in terms of beneficial effects.

Cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy can be effective interventions

Immunological and anti-viral treatments may have beneficial effects but are associated with harmful side-effects.

Most drug treatments have not shown beneficial effects.

CFS/ME comprises a range of symptoms including fatigue, which can be triggered by minimal activity, malaise, headaches, sleep disturbances, difficulties with concentration and muscle pain. In extreme cases, CFS/ME can cause profound, prolonged illness and disability, and can have a substantial impact on patients and their families.

Like other chronic illnesses with no certain disease process, CFS/ME poses real problems for healthcare professionals. It has been estimated that a typical general practice of 10,000 patients is likely to have at least 30-40 patients with CFS/ME, and that about half of these would require specialist services.

This systematic review was commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to inform the development of their guidelines for the diagnosis and management of CFS/ME in adults and children. The draft guidance is due to be released for public consultation on the 29 September 2006.

Paul Wilson | alfa
Further information:

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Inflammation Triggers Unsustainable Immune Response to Chronic Viral Infection
24.10.2016 | Universität Basel

nachricht Resolving the mystery of preeclampsia
21.10.2016 | Universitätsklinikum Magdeburg

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

Im Focus: New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

In 2016, the joint pavilion by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, the Product Market “High-tech for Medical Devices”, will be located in Hall 8a again and will...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

Oasis of life in the ice-covered central Arctic

24.10.2016 | Earth Sciences

‘Farming’ bacteria to boost growth in the oceans

24.10.2016 | Life Sciences

Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

24.10.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

More VideoLinks >>>