New era for ME/CFS research as top cytokine study attracts media headlines
The immune systems of patients who have recently developed ME/CFS look markedly different from those who have been ill for much longer, according to a major new study from Drs. Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig at Columbia University. This shift in immune function hadn’t been seen before.
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Comparison of CFS/ME with other disorders: an observational study (Knudsen et al., 2012)

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Dolphin, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Valentijn

    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    Yes, and I think there are ways to get the same point across without using the "S" word - like physical or physiological. "Somatic", while denoting the same thing as "physical" or "physiological", it's seems to be more favored by psychologists. It also might be used somewhat as a code word, selected for its connotations of closely related concepts like "somatization" or "psychosomatic", thereby alerting the audience to their views without being so brazen as to label ME/CFS psychosomatic.

    It's also important to note that all of the researchers are from psychological or psychiatric departments at their institutions. They almost certainly intended to study CFS as a psychological disorder, barely even giving lip service to any comparison to physiological diseases.
     
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  2. user9876

    user9876 Senior Member

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    I think Fluge and Mella used the phrase somatic in talking of ME after their rituximab study. I was wondering if it was a more natural translation from Norwegen.
     
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