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University Of Toronto Study Offers Hope To Sufferers Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Friday 7 April 2017


From the University of Toronto:


Wilfred de Vega and Patrick Gowan
New research by U of T Scarborough researchers
Wilfred de Vega, a PhD student, and Associate Professor
Patrick McGowan may offer hope to patients
suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome
(Photo by Ken Jones)

U of T study offers hope to sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome

By Don Campbell
April 4, 2017

A new U of T study may lead to help for sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) who face debilitating fatigue that can't be cured by rest.

The study, which looks at epigenetic changes in people with CFS, is the first to identify differences in sensitivity to a hormone found in the body. Epigenetic changes can be caused by environmental triggers like toxins, stress, nutrition or infections, and while the change doesn’t alter the gene itself, it influences how and when a gene is turned off.

By identifying these changes, researchers can then start to develop ways of testing drugs already in use or develop new therapies.

“Hopefully these results will offer CFS patients some hope,” says lead author Wilfred de Vega, a PhD student in Associate Professor Patrick McGowan’s biological sciences lab at U of T Scarborough.


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