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Chronic Fatigue, coordination of care
From Medical News Today, posted online on 6-28-16, “Chronic fatigue syndrome: Could altered gut bacteria be a cause?” reviews CFS symptoms, the challenges of differential diagnosis for CFS, the history of viewing it as a potentially psychosomatic condition. The article goes on to review recent research that found, “the stool samples from CFS patients showed reduced gut bacteria diversity, fewer anti-inflammatory bacteria, and more pro-inflammatory bacteria.” The researchers are unable to determine whether these findings are a potential contributing factor to CFS or a result of the condition.
mhconcierge’s take: these research findings support the benefits of close coordination of care between behavioral and medical professionals for their patients with potential CFS symptoms.