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People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can wait years before being diagnosed with the condition, and there is no single test for it. But a new study may have found a “chemical signature” for the condition — a set of molecules in the blood that’s unique to people with CFS.

If this chemical signature is confirmed by future studies, it may help with the diagnosis of CFS, the researchers said. What’s more, further study of these molecules may aid in future treatments. For example, studying whether the level of certain molecules increases or decreases after a treatment might indicate whether that treatment is working, the researchers said.

“The finding of an objective chemical signature in CFS helps to remove diagnostic uncertainty [and] will help clinicians monitor individualized responses to treatment,” the researchers wrote in the Aug. 29 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). [Top 10 Mysterious Diseases]


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Source: The Huffington Post