Trending News Today: Study Suggests Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Triggered by Infection

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A recent study indicates that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may be triggered by an overactive immune system, according to CNN. For the study, researchers measured fatigue and immune activity in 55 patients receiving hepatitis C treatment interferon-alpha, which affects the immune system in a similar way to a strong infection, the article reported. The group of patients who developed lasting fatigue after treatment also experienced a greater immune response, suggesting that individuals may develop CFS in response to an infection, according to the study.

A new study has found that red wine is the most frequent alcoholic beverage reported as a migraine trigger, The American Journal of Managed Care reported. According to the article, among 2197 study participants, 35.6% reported alcohol as a migraine trigger and 77.8% of these participants cited red wine as the cause of migraine attacks. Vodka was indicated least frequently, with 8.5% of participants reporting vodka as a migraine trigger, the article noted.

A report from Maine Health Data Organization shows that Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid addiction, is the second most frequently prescribed drug in Maine, the Associated Press reported. According to the article, the generic blood pressure medication hydrochlorothiazide is the most prescribed, followed by Suboxone and an inhaler for treating asthma. The data is a testament to the severity of the opioid crisis, the article noted.

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