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Multiple Possible Causes of Long COVID Come into Focus
Recent studies have lent support for a variety of hypotheses explaining the debilitating symptoms affecting millions of people after SARS-CoV-2 infection.  
Multiple Possible Causes of Long COVID Come into Focus
Multiple Possible Causes of Long COVID Come into Focus

Recent studies have lent support for a variety of hypotheses explaining the debilitating symptoms affecting millions of people after SARS-CoV-2 infection.  

Recent studies have lent support for a variety of hypotheses explaining the debilitating symptoms affecting millions of people after SARS-CoV-2 infection.  

ME/CFS
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Mechanisms of Long COVID Remain Unknown but Data Are Rolling In
Sruthi S. Balakrishnan | Sep 1, 2021
A year and a half into the pandemic, the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection are garnering more research attention as millions of long COVID patients emerge.
A Personal Crusade
The Scientist Staff | Jan 11, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.