Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Breakthrough

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Breakthrough Treatment

A team of Norwegian researchers headed by Deputy Director and Professor Carmen Scheibenbogen of the Institute of Medical Immunology, at Berlin Charité University Hospital, had their first Chronic Fatigue Syndrome breakthrough treatment using an anti-cancer agent rituximab. This trial study was published on Oct. 19, 2011, in PLoS ONE scientific journal and is promising news for the 300,000 people who suffer from this disease in Germany.

In a new study conducted at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, the 30 patients, who were randomly selected, were given rituximab developed for lymph gland cancer chemotherapy. Two-thirds of these patients observed over twelve months showed an improvement in health condition.

Approximately one million people in the US suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For several years, CFS was not recognized by doctors as a regular diagnosis, but today it is becoming more commonplace and strikes more people than those afflicted with multiple sclerosis, lupus and a number of forms of cancer.

Although people of either sex or age can develop CFS, it occurs four times more in women than men in their 40s and 50s. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is less common in children and occurs in all racial and ethnic groups and countries around the world and there may be a genetic link.

Chronic fatigue syndrome has been linked to genes that regulate the injury and trauma response, but they are unlikely the cause. Although research has identified different genes in CFS patients that relate to immune system function, infection and blood disease, there is no clear pattern that identifies the genes responsible for impacting emotional and mental health.

CFS is a disabling physical and mental fatigue that has nothing to do with fatigue after a morning run, impaired memory and concentration, with 80 percent of cases demonstrating flu-like symptoms, and sore throat accompanied by pain that can last for months or years with no known effective treatment. To date, the cause of this mysterious disorder is still unknown and doctors find it difficult to differentiate it from burnout or depression.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not well-known, but it occurs with high frequency and could be due to chronic infection, a malfunctioning immune system, or allergies. This mysterious medical condition is idiopathic, developing without any apparent cause, like fibromyalgia, lupus, and autoimmune disease conditions, and presents with non-specific symptoms making it difficult to diagnose on a case-to-case basis.

However, many researchers focused on the possibility that a virus can cause the syndrome, because most of CFS features resemble that of a viral illness. Still, not all patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome show signs of infection, which is why experts have long been divided on whether infections play any role in this disorder.

Professor Carmen Scheibenbogen is researching the Epstein-Barr virus as a potential cause, and a biomarker test is currently being developed. A large number of patients must be examined to identify similar physiological causes and biomarkers.

A joint project between Adlershof JPT Peptide Technologies GmbH and CFS experts, at the Berlin university hospital Charité, is analyzing CFS patients’ blood in their effort to hunt for biomarkers to create a breakthrough in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome treatment.

Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas


Professor Carmen Scheibenbogen

Epstein-Barr virus

11 Responses to "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Breakthrough"

  1. Amor Oh   September 14, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Worsed article ever. One vague sentance about the “breakthrough” and rambles of ghe same information on a thousand other websites. Very misleading title. Very bad writing.

  2. Poppy   January 2, 2014 at 5:50 am

    A long shot but just wanted to put the idea out there. Is there any chance that these conditions may be linked to an increase in background radiation? Can tests be done to measure radiation levels in people with these conditions?

  3. Seasoned Campaigner   December 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I was reared in a upland area in rural Ireland where Ticks were ever present so much so that I was amazed when people were saying they were diagnosed with Lyme but couldn’t remember being bitten by one. I now live in a rural lowland area and never get bitten except when I go home to my childhood home.

  4. Virginia McGowan   November 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    oh ! Typical response from uniformed, sorry makes us worse, do as much as we can anyway.

  5. Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Treatment   October 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Those who are sufferings from chronic fatigue they all are having the same physiological causes and bio-marker. Previously it was not detected by anyone. I think physical exercise is one of the biggest ways to overcome this disease.

  6. Anita /drake   September 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I have suffered with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over 20 years. I have never found a doctor that will help. All they want to do is give me more paxciel. MY hands shake all the time. I have to work and it is so hard to climb out off bed in the A.M. Please help!

  7. MR AIDAN G WALSH   September 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    A 5 part series was done already by Discovery Channel on u-tube called ‘conspiracy blood test’ you will see Dr. Heng’s team discuss their important findings!! Also one of the former Pentagon Scientists was threatened not to talk at all about radiation, he lost his job as a result of this he is co-founder with this team and he talks about the threats from the Pentagon in these videos…Last, in 2006 Green Peace published a paper about oil type barrels loaded with radiation dumped along the coast lines, when they went to investigate those drums they were found to be empty the radiation already leaked into the Ocean…WAKE UP PEOPLE #SERIOUSLY’ U R ALL GOING TO SOON BECOME SICK!! IT IS NOW OUT OF CONTROL ACROSS THE GLOBE!! 120 tons of plutonium dumped by coalition forces on innocent Iraqi men, women and children, numerous fact videos now all across U-tube videos, numerous children now sick there with radiation sickness all above exactly identical to Chernobyl lies/cover-up…

  8. MR AIDAN G WALSH   September 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    The cause was already found way back in 2007 at Wayne State University in Michigan, U.S.A. ‘internal ionization radiation injuries’ with chromosone breakage/translocation found first in Gulf War Veterans then in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients as well!! All tested positive to these ‘sky testings’ in fact Dr. Henry Heng has just recently published and that team is also publishing more in a series of papers to follow!! The National CFIDS Foundation’s website online who funded part of this research has a paper posted on their Radiation page!! I guess people all across the globe including Governmenys have been asleep with regards to Chernobyl 3 Mile Island, nuclear detonations over 2,000+ and on top of all of this we now have Japan…Wake up people Japan has now the capability to kill every living person on the globe…If you all do not think GWI/CFS is serious you all need to seriously give your heads a good shake, I wish this was simple e.b.v. or another lie, Lyme disease b.s. but sorry this is radiation and it is already deep into the world food chains,drinkuing waters and yes even in our rain drops, yet these Governments will not fund proper research like they did in HIV/AIDS…Mark my words right now I am going to sue for £123 million pounds and I will request a full and complete Criminal and Public enquirey and yes my Solicitors are going to request long term jail sentences for all the lies/frauds/cover ups that continue to this day!! Thousands are dead already from complete neglect!! See you all in a court of law very soon!!

  9. sherri lipcius   September 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    The lymph system clearly seems to be involved for me and several of my CFS friends, so utilizing a pre-existing drug is a smart move. But those populations numbers for the US seem seriously underestimated. Take a look at Len Jason’s population studies & let’s use realistic numbers so the extent of the problem can’t be ignored any longer.

  10. Nance   September 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Please feel free to use my blood….let’s figure out how to kick its rear end !

  11. BettyG, Iowa   September 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I’d love to see them research also about chronicLyme disease/vector-borne diseases as a potential cause, and a biomarker test to be developed.

    Good article; I have had this too for at least 44 years this christmas. After 35 years of being misdiagnosed, I finally got a correct diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease and bitten by an unseen tick 44 years ago this christmas!

    So please check out these possibilities too when you have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome too. Did you see an embedded tick in you; have a bulls-eye rash or any type of mysterious rash when you got flu-like and fatigue symptoms?

    Thanks again.

    BettyG, Iowa lyme disease patient/activist


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