A group of scientists at the Dundee University, Scotland launched a pediatric study to investigate the causes of ME, which is also known as the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The study presented possibilities that this syndrome might actually be caused by a virus.
The study showed that after being diagnosed with the disease, the children’s body became heavily filled with white blood cells, which are known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. The abnormalities in the activity of the white blood cells were detected when the children’s body recorded an attack against the infection.
Professor Jill Belch, the lead researcher and an expert in vascular medicine at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, stated that he, along with his team, managed to locate a chronic inflammation, in some children suffering from the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
He added, "This is important because it's showing an abnormality that we might be able to devise a treatment for, but it's also important because some people do suggest that ME is a disease of the mind and here we are showing that it is a disease of the body".
According to the statistics, around 150,000 individuals in the UK are diagnosed with the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and 15,000 of them are children.