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Note from the Editor

Welcome to the Winter 2009 issue of the IACFS/ME Bulletin! We are proud to present another series of original research articles submitted by scientists from across the globe. 
In recent months much excitement has been generated by findings pertaining to possible infection of individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with the xenotropic murine leukaemia related virus or XMRV.  These discussions have again ignited discussion about the heterogeneity of this illness population.  The general theme of the articles in this edition of the Bulletin reflects this notion.  Dechene and colleagues address the potential of better characterizing the type of fatigue reported by CFS patients. The authors try to shed light on the variety of organic factors that could contribute to CFS fatigue.  Our colleagues from Great Britain report on how age and mode of onset might be associated with the development and maintenance of severe CFS present in a subsample of the CFS illness population.  Finally, a contribution from Sweden evaluates the potential benefits of a staphylococcus vaccine immunotherapy for a subpopulation of CFS patients, those with concurrent Fibromyalgia.  
While this edition of the Bulletin is devoted to CFS specifically, we do invite submission of articles discussing topics that pertain to fatigue in general as well as in other illness populations. 
The staff and editors of the IACFS/ME Bulletin would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of our society’s journal in 2009.  We are looking forward to another rewarding year in 2010.  Happy New Year!

Gudrun Lange, PhD

Bulletin of the IACFS/ME. 2009-10;17(4):115. © 2010 IACFS/ME
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