Cadmium and ME/CFS

Researchers at the University of Florence (Italy) have proposed a hypothesis that exposure to cadmium, a heavy metal pollutant, might be associated with or responsible for some of the neurological findings in ME/CFS. The paper presents no data to support the hypothesis; instead it outlines a study that would test hair samples from ME/CFS patients and correlate findings for cadmium and other minerals with results of transcranial doppler and cognitive tests to see if cadmium exposure could be documented for a subset Cadmium-Medical-Hypotheses1-300x198and whether higher cadmium levels were associated with poorer blood flow to the brain and worse cognition. (Medical Hypotheses, July 16, 2012)

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