Navigation Links
Chronic Fatigue Tied to Extended School Absences
Date:12/13/2011

TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome may account for up to 1 percent of children who are absent from school for extended periods of time and are not truant or known to have another illness that would explain why they're out of school, a new study reveals.

For the study, researchers examined data from 2,855 students aged 11 to 16 at three secondary schools in England and concluded that undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) was responsible for 28 of the students being away from school for more than 20 percent of the time over six weeks.

"There are several possible reasons why children missing significant amounts of school with CFS/ME are not identified," Dr. Esther Crawley, of the Center for Child and Adolescent Health at University of Bristol and colleagues, wrote in the report published online Dec. 12 in the journal BMJ Open.

"Those with mild or moderate CFS/ME may not see their GP [general practitioner] or may not be recognized as having CFS/ME if they are seen. Alternatively, GPs and pediatricians may not be aware of specialist CFS/ME services or may feel that the child's [condition] is not sufficiently serious to warrant a referral," they explained in the report.

"This project suggests that undiagnosed CFS/ME . . . may be an important and underappreciated cause of school absence in children aged 11 to 16 years," Crawley and colleagues concluded.

The researchers also compared students with CFS/ME who were referred to a specialist by a school-based clinic with those who were referred to specialist services by health care professionals.

There were no differences in how long either group had CFS/ME, which was an average of just over 18 months. But the children identified by school-based clinics had less fatigue, less disability and fewer symptoms than those identified by health care professionals.

The children identified by school-based clinics also seemed to recover from CFS/ME more quickly, the investigators noted in a journal news release.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about chronic fatigue syndrome and children.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: BMJ Open, news release, Dec. 12, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. B cell receptor inhibitor causes chronic lymphocytic leukemia remission
2. Chronic pain in children and adolescents becoming more common
3. Scientists identify strategies to conquer lifestyle and genetic factors related to chronic diseases
4. Opioids May Be Overused for Chronic Stomach Pain
5. New report: Community health plans improving care for patients with chronic illnesses
6. Chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in women linked to history of rape, child abuse
7. Chronic Disease May Up Out-of-Pocket Costs for Insured
8. Chronic Bowel Disease Drugs Linked to Skin Cancer Risk
9. Profile Drawn of People With Chronic Jaw Pain
10. Loss of weight associated with chronic illness may soon have first treatment
11. FDA funds Rochester researchers to give chronic and acute pain clinical trials a makeover
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Chronic Fatigue Tied to Extended School Absences 
(Date:6/24/2017)... ... June 24, 2017 , ... Genes ... for medications in select Florida and Texas doctors' offices and clinics. This breakthrough ... application of genetic testing recognizes the role genes play in determining an individual's ...
(Date:6/24/2017)... ... June 24, 2017 , ... Dr. Mitchell Mehlman and ... in Lake Ronkonkoma, Dental365 offers patients high-quality and affordable routine and emergency dental ... dentist fit into their patients’ busy lifestyles. Dental365 also gladly work with most ...
(Date:6/24/2017)... ... ... Doorknobs are for convenience, deadbolts are for security. , There are many ways ... alarm system installed. But unless there is a working deadbolt lock that is used ... Locksmith in Killeen, TX says: “In the majority of home burglaries, intruders use force ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... what is needed and will ultimately do significant harm to people with all ... everyone. , "While it leaves in place the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... (BCRA), their proposed healthcare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ... bill would make significant cuts to Medicaid, a public health insurance program for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/8/2017)... , June 8, 2017  Less than a ... hit more than 200,000 companies, including hospital networks, in ... heralded as one of the largest online extortion attempts ... the healthcare market, it is imperative that providers understand ... their data from this — and many other very ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) today ... R. Goodwin , U.S. District Court Judge for the ... entered a case management order in MDL 2325, American ... (the "MDL") that includes a provision requiring plaintiffs in ... specific causation within one hundred twenty (120) days of ...
(Date:6/5/2017)... , June 5, 2017 The ... brand of Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), has been awarded ... Cincinnati Enquirer . Results are based on an ... in organizational health and workplace improvement. The survey measures several ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: