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The CDC says millions of Americans could be affected by the long-lasting, difficult-to-treat disease.
U.S. health officials have estimated for the first time the number of Americans who may have chronic fatigue syndrome: 3.3 million.
Chronic fatigue syndrome generally describes at least six months of severe exhaustion, and may include pain or brain fog that gets worse after exercise or work. Bed rest does not alleviate the symptoms.
The cause of the illness is unknown. Some doctors believe it may arise from a prolonged or excessive immune reaction. There is no easy diagnosis and no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Experts believe the effects of COVID-19 infections may have contributed to an increase in cases.
The CDC survey found cases were more common in women than in men, though cases were not as widely separated as earlier studies had found. The disease is generally more common among White people and Black people than among other races or ethnicities. Poorer people were more likely to report the disease than more affluent groups.
The report surveyed a representative 57,000 U.S. adults in 2021 and 2022. It asked respondents to answer based on their memories, not on any formal medical records.
CDC officials say the final counts may have included people with long COVID and associated symptoms of exhaustion. But in any case, experts say, it's likely that chronic fatigue syndrome is underdiagnosed among the U.S. population.
"It’s never, in the U.S., become a clinically popular diagnosis to give because there’s no drugs approved for it," Dr. Daniel Clauw, director of the University of Michigan’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, told The Associated Press. "There’s no treatment guidelines for it."
For the nearly 66 million Americans on Medicare, the drugs for weight loss aren't typically covered at all.
Mifepristone is one of two medications the FDA has approved for abortion.
Over 1,000 students in schools in Alabama have missed classes because of the highly contagious stomach bug.
Britt Reid's three-year prison sentence is converted to house arrest, over a 2021 incident where he drove drunk and seriously injured a 5-year-old.
Madeline Soto had last been seen on the morning of Feb. 26, when her mother’s boyfriend, Stephan Sterns, was supposed to drop her off at school.
California authorities shut down 100 miles of I-80 due to "spin outs, high winds, and low visibility."