An article in the media talks about how ME/CFS is now gaining respect as a real, physical illness. In the article Chronic Fatigue No Longer Seen as ‘Yuppie Flu’, David Tuller talks about the US CDC’s release of studies that show evidence of genetic mutations and abnormalities in gene expression involved in key physiological processes.
However the article then goes on to address loopholes in some of the CDC’s recent findings:
"Last month [June 07], however, the disease control centers reported that a randomized telephone survey in Georgia, using a less restrictive methodology to identify cases, found that about 1 in 40 adults ages 18 to 59 met the diagnostic criteria — an estimate 6 to 10 times higher than previously reported rates.
(…) critics say the new figures are greatly inflated and include many people who are likely to be suffering not from chronic fatigue syndrome but from psychiatric illnesses."
– David Tuller, Chronic Fatigue No Longer Seen as ‘Yuppie Flu’, The New York Times, July 17, 2007
And to find out more about the randomized telephone survey (undertaken in Georgia) you can read Prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome in metropolitan, urban, and rural Georgia by William C Reeves (published 8 June 2007 on PopulationHealthMetrics.com), here…