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Neurotransmitter Buildup May Be Why Your Brain Feels Tired
Performing complex cognitive tasks leads to glutamate accumulating in a key region of the brain, a study finds, which could explain why mental labor is so exhausting.
Neurotransmitter Buildup May Be Why Your Brain Feels Tired
Neurotransmitter Buildup May Be Why Your Brain Feels Tired

Performing complex cognitive tasks leads to glutamate accumulating in a key region of the brain, a study finds, which could explain why mental labor is so exhausting.

Performing complex cognitive tasks leads to glutamate accumulating in a key region of the brain, a study finds, which could explain why mental labor is so exhausting.

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A Personal Crusade
The Scientist Staff | Jan 11, 2021 | 1 min read
Meet Stanford University’s Ronald W. Davis, who pivoted his research to study myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome after doctors diagnosed his son with the disorder.
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Book excerpt from The Puzzle Solver
Tracie White | Jan 5, 2021 | 4 min read
In Chapter 3, “The Adventure,” author Tracie White meets Whitney Dafoe, a young man imprisoned by a chronic disease.
A Geneticist’s Quest to Understand His Son’s Mysterious Disease
Tracie White | Jan 1, 2021 | 4 min read
Ronald Davis of Stanford University changed his focus to research on ME/CFS, the disease formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, in a bid to help his son and others like him.
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Blood MicroRNA Patterns Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 30, 2020 | 5 min read
A finding of distinct patterns of gene-regulating RNA snippets in the blood of ME/CFS patients in response to a stress test could pave the way for a diagnostic tool for the condition and help untangle its underlying mechanisms.
Infographic: What is ME/CFS?
Katarina Zimmer | Aug 11, 2020 | 4 min read
The COVID-19 pandemic is sparking renewed efforts to study the underlying causes of this complex, debilitating disease, which might be triggered by the novel coronavirus.
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Could COVID-19 Trigger Chronic Disease in Some People?
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 17, 2020 | 8 min read
A handful of viruses have been associated with long-term, debilitating symptoms in a subset of those who become infected. Early signs hint that SARS-CoV-2 may do the same.
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Stressed Blood Cells Could Be a Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue
Shawna Williams | Apr 29, 2019 | 2 min read
In a small study, researchers devise a test that could distinguish healthy people from those with the syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis.
NIH Tackles Neglected Mystery Illness
Tanya Lewis | Jun 14, 2016 | 4 min read
It has been more than seven months since the National Institutes of Health pledged increased funding for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome research. Here is how some of that money will be put to use.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Reframed
Kerry Grens | Feb 11, 2015 | 2 min read
To more accurately reflect the condition, the Institute of Medicine recommends renaming it systemic exertion intolerance disease.
Chronic Fatigue Researcher to Publish Book
Bob Grant | Mar 12, 2014 | 2 min read
Judy Mikovits, the controversial researcher who claimed to establish a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and a virus, has coauthored a book set to publish in May.
Surprise XMRV Retraction
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 21, 2012 | 2 min read
The journal PLOS Pathogens abruptly retracts the seminal paper linking XMRV to disease.
Chronic Fatigue Case Dropped
Jef Akst | Jun 15, 2012 | 2 min read
The criminal charges that had been brought upon chronic fatigue syndrome researcher Judy Mikovits for stealing data from her former employer have been dropped.
Institute Keeps Chronic Fatigue Grant
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 9, 2012 | 1 min read
The Institute whose now-retracted research linking chronic fatigue syndrome to a viral pathogen will keep its $1.5 million grant.
More Trouble for Nevada Institute
Cristina Luiggi | Jan 31, 2012 | 1 min read
The founders of the Institute that housed chronic fatigue researcher Judy Mikovits are being sued for embezzlement.
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Court Rules Against Mikovits
Jef Akst | Dec 21, 2011 | 1 min read
The infamous chronic fatigue syndrome researcher Judy Mikovits loses the first round of a civil suit filed against her by her former employer.
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Top Science Scandals of 2011
Tia Ghose | Dec 19, 2011 | 4 min read
A list of this year's most high-profile retractions and controversies in science
Mikovits Extradition Delayed
Tia Ghose | Nov 23, 2011 | 1 min read
The controversial chronic fatigue researcher will not be extradited to face felony charges for at least a month.
Chronic Fatigue Researcher Arrested
Jef Akst | Nov 21, 2011 | 1 min read
Judy Mikovits, notorious in the scientific community since she claimed to link a mouse retrovirus to chronic fatigue syndrome, has been arrested and is being held in jail.
Chronic Fatigued Researcher Sued
Jef Akst | Nov 15, 2011 | 1 min read
A research institute has filed a lawsuit against its former employee, Judy Mikovits, who claimed to link a mouse retrovirus to chronic fatigue syndrome.
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