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GENETIC CLUE FOUND FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE ; DEVELOPMENTS SUPPORT A BIOLOGICAL BASIS
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Hartford Courant - Hartford, Conn.
Author: Weir, William||||||Courant Staff Writer
Date: Jul 1, 2006
Start Page: D.1
Section: LIFE
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Patricia Salvato, a Houston physician who specializes in chronic fatigue, doesn't put much stock in the coroners' rulings. The disease, she said, is a "constellation of symptoms" that can lead to fatal complications, but CFS itself isn't fatal.

She puts more hope in a series of 14 articles from the CDC that were published in the April issue of the journal Pharmacogenomics. The articles are based on a study of more than 200 people suffering from CFS that concluded that people can be genetically susceptible to the disease. Upon the series' publication, Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the CDC, called it "the first credible evidence of a biological basis for chronic fatigue syndrome" and said it would lead to more effective diagnoses and treatment.

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