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Sleep Disorders

01 June 2011

Chronic fatigue syndrome not caused by virus

A 2009 study claimed a mouse virus was the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome. But researchers claim this isn't the case and its findings were based on contaminated lab samples.

A major study in 2009 that claimed a mouse virus was the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome was wrong, and its findings were likely based on contaminated lab samples, US researchers.

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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