Fatigue syndrome ruling30th June 2006
Campaigners have hailed a coroner's decision to record chronic fatigue syndrome as a cause of death.
The New Scientist reported that it is the first time that CFS, also known as ME, has been given as an official cause of death in the UK.
The Brighton and Hove coroner ruled on 13 June that Sophia Mirza, 32, of Brighton, died from "renal failure as a result of chronic fatigue syndrome".
Art graduate Ms Mirza suffered with CFS for six years before she died in November last year.
Campaigners believe the verdict proves that CFS/ME is a physical illness. The condition affects the immune and central nervous system and is characterised by debilitating chronic fatigue.
Evidence given by doctors to the coroner showed Sophia's spinal cord was inflamed, indicating a physical manifestation of CFS/ME.
In the 1980s, ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) was known derisively as "yuppie flu" for its tendency to be diagnosed in work-hard, play-hard, young professionals.
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