Eshoo Lauds NIH Push to Advance Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research

October 29th, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the announcement of new research efforts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to better understand Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, commonly referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is a debilitating and chronic multi-system disease characterized by extreme fatigue and has no known cause.

“Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a mysterious illness affecting millions of Americans,” Eshoo said. “Those who suffer from the disease experience debilitating fatigue, often unable to walk, talk or even eat. I applaud the NIH for directing a research working group to explore the causes and progression of this disease in hopes of eventually developing an effective treatment.”

In a June 2015 letter, Eshoo prompted the NIH on how to bolster CFS research. Her inquiry was spurred by the circumstances of a constituent, Dr. Ronald W. Davis, whose son Whitney Dafoe suffers from the disease. Davis heads the Genome Technology Center at Stanford University and has advocated for further study into what he has called “the last major disease we don’t know anything about.”

A February 2015 Institute of Medicine report concluded CFS is an under-funded and under-researched disease affecting as many as 2.5 million Americans.

More information on the NIH announcement can be found here.

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