Researchers may have come up with a test for chronic fatigue syndrome

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AUSTRALIAN researchers may have come up with a test for chronic fatigue syndrome, an illness that has been difficult to diagnose or treat.

It is now called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and researchers at Griffith University in Queensland have devised a test for the illness that leaves many patients bedridden.

Professor Sonya Marshall Gradisnik says her team has discovered the illness is related to the way body absorbs calcium.

Patients with ME absorb less calcium into their cells and this is often the basis of the illness.

This has led to the discovery of a possible blood test to detect ME.

In addition, they believe the illness can be treated with medication already in use for ailments such as high blood pressure.