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An Overview – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness.

CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. There’s some debate over the correct term to use for the condition, but these pages will refer to it as CFS/ME.

CFS/ME can affect anyone, including children. It’s more common in women, and tends to develop between your mid-20s and mid-40s.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME Lead Body

For more information, please select Lead Body – ME Research UK in Resources on the left, to be redirected to the ME Research UK site. There is not currently a specific lead body for CFS.

Other evidence sources:

ME Research Uk – Our Research

The primary aim of ME Research UK is to fund biomedical research into ME/CFS; to find its cause, develop effective treatments and ultimately discover a cure.

Their priority is to support novel clinical and biomedical studies, and we fund the work of a growing number of scientists in the UK and worldwide.

Please see CFS / ME Evidence Source 1 – ME Research Uk – Our Research in Resources to be redirected.

Action for ME

Action for M.E.’s research strategy focuses on increasing interest and investment in biomedical research.

They achieve this by working collaboratively with people affected by M.E., scientists, clinicians and industry professionals, aiming to more money and more people into the field.

Please see CFS / ME Evidence Source 2 – Action for ME in Resources to be redirected.