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SAHMRI Researchers In Hunt To Find Cure For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday 2 November 2017


From South Australian newspaper The Advertiser:


Dr Michael Musker
Dr Michael Musker is hoping to find a cure for the
debilitating illness, CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome),
also known as ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).

SAHMRI researchers in hunt to find cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Rebecca Baker, Social Affairs Reporter, The Advertiser
November 1, 2017
© Copyright 2017

ADELAIDE researchers are hoping to unlock the mystery of a debilitating illness that has no officially approved medical treatment but affects tens of thousands of Australians each year — and many more globally.

Senior Research Fellow Michael Musker says the work now being done at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute to try to understand Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has “worldwide significance”.

Dr Musker says because the cause of CFS — also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) — isn’t known, nor is there a cure.

“If we can establish what it is and how it affects the body, we may be able to find a solution,” he said.

“The work we’re now doing hasn’t been done anywhere else and involves taking blood samples from 30 people with CFS (as well as 15 who don’t have CFS) every seven minutes, over an eight-hour period to look for inflammatory markers, and hopefully find some answers.”


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