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Release: March 13, 2002

Public invited to seminar on chronic fatigue syndrome April 1

Area residents are invited to hear a University of Iowa Health Care expert discuss chronic fatigue syndrome at a free community seminar at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1 at the Clarion Conference Center, 1220 First Ave., Coralville.

This program is part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by UI Health Care. The evening's presenter is Arthur Hartz, M.D., Ph.D., professor of family medicine.

This program will present a comprehensive overview of chronic fatigue syndrome and will include discussion of:

  • What is chronic fatigue syndrome?
  • Who gets it?
  • What helps it?

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating condition. In addition to profound exhaustion for six months or longer, symptoms include problems with concentration and short-term memory, pain in the joints and muscles, tender lymph nodes in the armpit or neck, sore throat, unrefreshing sleep, and headaches. There is no accurate laboratory test for chronic fatigue syndrome.

"There are many theories about the cause, but none have been proven," Hartz said. "Many friends and even some physicians believe the condition is 'all in your head.' Because of lack of understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome, it is sometimes difficult for patients to get help and support."

Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. For more information or to register, call (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.

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