Medical Minute: Chronic Fatigue

At work, Toni Cueto is an overachiever, but five years ago, she lost her energy and her desire to work. After failing her real estate exam, she knew something was wrong.

Through intensive testing, doctors at the University of Miami diagnosed Toni with chronic fatigue syndrome. There is no known cause or cure for CFS. Doctors in Miami now think the condition is linked to a decrease in red blood cells.

"Because the red blood cell transports oxygen and glucose to the cells, it's vitally important in providing these nutrients. Without it, we feel fatigued," says Dr. Barry Hurwitz.

Barry Hurwitz and colleagues are studying the drug Procrit to help patients like Toni. The drug is typically used in cancer patients. In CFS patients, Procrit raises red blood cells volume by triggering a hormone in the kidneys.

"Some people have shown remarkable improvement and have gone back to work, and in others it's been less effective.”

It's working for Toni. She got her real estate license, and she's already doubled last year's sales.

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Alex Gonzalez

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