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THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates.

Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine said their findings could help doctors diagnose this baffling condition and shed light on how it develops. People with chronic fatigue syndrome are often misdiagnosed or labeled as hypochondriacs.

Using three types of brain scanning technologies, « we found that [chronic fatigue syndrome] patients’ brains diverge from those of healthy subjects in at least three distinct ways, » said the study’s lead author, Dr. Michael Zeineh, assistant professor of radiology, in a Stanford news release.

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects up to 4 million people in the United States alone, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition, which causes debilitating and constant fatigue that persists for six months or more, is…

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