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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Renamed

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The medical condition previously known as chronic fatigue syndrome has been renamed as "systemic exertion intolerance disease." A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University proposed the new name and is making a push to end the common misconception that the condition is psychological and not physical.

The condition's new name was revealed earlier this week and lead researcher Ellen Wright Clayton explained why it's important that the misconceptions be put to rest.

"We just needed to put to rest, once and for all, the idea that this is just psychosomatic or that people were making this up, or that they were just lazy," she explained to the New York Times.

"Seeking and receiving a diagnosis can be a frustrating process for several reasons, including skepticism of health care providers about the serious nature of [chronic fatigue syndrome] and the misconception that it is a psychogenic illness or even a figment of the patient's imagination," Clayton and colleagues added in their report.

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