chronic fatigue syndrome

Undark Podcast #8: Worse Than the Disease

Reporter David Tuller discusses a therapy prescribed for chronic fatigue syndrome — one for which supporting research is now unraveling. Also, Undark’s Tracker columnist Seth Mnookin on a rift within the National Association of Science Writers, and reporter Jeff Emtman on flesh-eating beetles.

Worse Than the Disease

Hard questions are being raised about a commonly used therapy, along with recent research supporting it, for chronic fatigue syndrome — one that in many cases made symptoms worse. The new scrutiny is cold comfort for patients subjected to the treatment for years without any real science to back it up.