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Exercise may help patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

Increasing activity and physical exercise may improve the quality of life and the ability to function in some patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The researchers did not find that one form of exercise was better than another form.

The report was conducted for AHRQ by the San Antonio Evidence-Based Practice Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Veterans Evidence-Based Research, Dissemination, and Implementation Center.

The researchers reported insufficient evidence to draw any conclusion about other treatments for the condition, which include immune therapy, corticosteroids, antidepressants, and complementary therapies.