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HIV Drugs May Fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Researchers identify new virus in majority of patients
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2010 12:15 PM CDT
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Study Suggests It's Caused by a Virus, Opening Up New Possibilities for Treatment
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(Newser) – There may be hope for the 4 million Americans suffering from the baffling ailment known as chronic fatigue syndrome: A new study firms up the theory that it's caused by a virus, raising the prospect of the first effective treatment. Researchers say they've identified a mouse-related retrovirus in the vast majority of patients, and they think that drugs currently used to treat HIV (an unrelated retrovirus) might help, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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The study is anything but a slam dunk, notes the Los Angeles Times, and a co-author says the results "raise as many questions as they answer." But a spate of government studies already underway could settle many of those questions within the year—including whether it might someday be possible to develop a standard test for the ailment.
(Read more chronic fatigue syndrome stories.)

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