Chronic Fatigue Specialist Rochester MN

Women with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) start their day with unusually low levels of the stress hormone cortisol. While female CFS sufferers showed lower levels than their healthy counterparts, no similar difference existed among men.

Robert Herman Heise II, MD
(507) 266-8691
200 1st St SW Ste 5EIA Dept Obg
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1973

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Deborah A Hughes, MD
(702) 242-5155
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1990

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John Alan Jefferies
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Frank Gonzalez
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Robert Bruce Jacobson, MD
(541) 485-8550
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1970

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Brian C Brost
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Andrew Isaac Engel, MD
(301) 618-5500
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Holy Cross Hospital Of Silver, Silver Spring, Md
Group Practice: Kaiser Permanente Health Care

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Jamie N Bakkum-Gamez
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Mary L Marnach
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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John Michael Balintona, MD
Application Processing Ctr
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1996

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Clue to Chronic Fatigue

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By Lisa Marshall

Women with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) start their day with unusually low levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to a new study by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researchers. The study examined saliva samples of 75 CFS patients and 110 healthy control subjects. Samples were taken upon awakening, 30 minutes later, and an hour later, when cortisol levels typically reach their highest level of the day.

While female CFS sufferers showed lower levels than their healthy counterparts, no similar difference existed among men. The study (in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism) is the latest to point to a dampened “fight-or-flight” response among those with CFS. Previous research suggested it could in some cases be a physiological adaptation to physical or emotional trauma in childhood. “Accumulated stress over their lifetime may have had a muting effect on their stress response,” explains lead researcher William Reeves, MD. He says more research is underway, but the cortisol study offers clues into what causes CFS, how to diagnose and treat it, and why women are four times more likely to get it.

Author: Lisa Marshall

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