National Academy of Medicine

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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is an American non-profit, non-governmental organization which provides expert advice on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine and health. It was formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

On February 10, 2015, the IOM unveiled the Institute of Medicine report (IOMR), Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness,[1] which outlined suggestions for a ME/CFS diagnosis based on thousands of medical reports over several decades. A new name for the illness was proposed: Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease or SEID. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlines the IOMR diagnostic criteria under the ME/CFS page "IOM 2015 Diagnostic Criteria".[2]

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  1. Institute of Medicine (US); Committee on the Diagnostic Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Feb 10, 2015), Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness 
  2. "IOM 2015 Diagnostic Criteria | Diagnosis | Healthcare Providers | Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) | CDC". www.cdc.gov. Nov 8, 2018. Retrieved Jul 16, 2019. 

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

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