Thursday, April 4, 2024

Long Covid & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


A new study on myalgic encephalitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) from the National Institutes of Health also looked at Long Covid whose conditions are considered “closely related,” the Washington Post reported recently.

The Post said that the research was “the most in-depth and multidisciplinary study of ME/CFS to date, involving more than 75 investigators across 15 NIH institutes and taking nearly eight years to complete.” The manuscript was published in Nature Communications.

In summarizing the results, the newspaper noted:  “[t]he research provided clear evidence of physiological abnormalities in ME/CFS patients. . . . [r]esearchers found functional and not structural abnormalities. . . . [and] investigators discovered significant differences between men and women. . . . in immune cell populations and markers of inflammation.

The Post said the study “support[s] the hypothesis that ME/CFS is due to persistent immune activation [or] ‘post-infectious syndromes’ . . . .”  The same characterization may apply to Long Covid and other conditions.

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RE: Social Security and SSI Disability, see SSR 14-1p: Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)


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