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Page 2--The Michigan Daily- Monday, March 15, 1993

Chronic Fatigue Immune
Dysfunction Syndrome
(CFIDS) is an illness that is
often difficult to diagnose.
This disease affects millions
of Americans, with the figures
changing since the symptoms
are common to other
diseases.
Major symptoms include:

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fatigue;
neurologic complaints;
recurrent sore throat;
lymphatic pain;
muscle pain;
joint pain; and,
abdominal pain.

Minor symptoms include:
* fever, chills, and/or night
sweats;
eye pain and/or light
sensitivity; and,
skin rash.
In order to be diagnosed with
CFIDS, symptoms must be
present for at least six
months. In addition, the
patient must possess six of
the eight major symptoms or
five of these eight plus two of
the three minor symptoms.
While there is no specific
treatment to eliminate the
symptoms, the following
procedures may be helpful:
use of anti-inflammatory
agents for joint pain and
headaches; and,
obtaining counseling or
modifying behavior.

CFIDS
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driving for a while after that."
Research completed this past
January served as a sign of new
hope for CFIDS patients. Up until
then, the National Institute of Al-
lergy and Infectious Diseases
(NIAID) treated CFIDS as a mental
or psychiatric condition. But early
this year, federal scientists at the
NIAID reported findings of immune
abnormalities in patients.
This recent discovery opens new
doors for federal research on a syn-
drome finally recognized as a dis-
ease and not a mental condition.
Baltrus said she has not given up
on hopes of getting better.
"I have a really positive attitude
and that's the best thing you can
have with a chronic illness," she
said. "I just hope people will realize
that they have to know more about
it. It's a real disease, and the more
people that know about it the easier
it will be for us to find out what's
causing it."
Erica Austin, a first-year LSA
- student, was diagnosed when she
was in the eighth grade. But unlike
Baltrus, Austin said she feels almost
unaffected by the disease.
"I was really sick in eighth and
ninth grade," Austin said. "Now I'm
almost totally better. I just get tired
easier and get a lot of colds."
Austin said that although she
does feel her sickness is in the past,
there are times when she begins to
feel a bit nervous about her situa-
tion.
"I do have to be careful, I can't
stay up all night long," she said.

"They say they don't know if it's out
of my system."
Austin added that she takes a full
load of classes. She handled 16 cred-
its fall term, and is currently enrolled
with 15. She said the most important
factor in her recovery was exercise.
"I think it's important that when
you are really sick to get exercise
every day," Austin explained. "If
you do minimal exercise it really
helps you build stamina and
strengthen your immune system. My
dad made sure I did that regularly."
Austin's recovery from CFIDS
may send hope to many patients, but
research is still in an early stage. It is
not unusual for patients to be incor-
rectly diagnosed with a variety of
diseases before the true problem -
CFIDS - is actually suspected.
Mary Marcus, patient and state
coordinator for the Michigan CFIDS
organization, said there is a lot more
that can be done to find out about
the disease.
"Research findings have been
improving but very slowly," Marcus
said. "There is a need for a substan-
tial increase in funding, which is one
of the most important factors."
Marcus added that people do
seem to know more about the sick-
ness itself.
"I think that public awareness is
growing slowly but mainly as a re-
sult of more people becoming ill,"
Marcus said. "I'm really not happy
with the government as far as re-
search goes because I'm not cured
yet.
"I don't think a cure is too far
away," she said. "All we need is a
treatment to make life worth living
for us."

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AP PHOTO
Sending a red flag
One of 200 picketers, a pro-Communism supporter holds a picture of Lenin and a former Soviet red flag while
shouting out anti-Yeltsin slogans near the U.S. embassy in Moscow yesterday. The protesters were decrying
Yeltsin's reform policies and the amount of Western aid given to Russia.

The University of Michigan
CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES
presents the twelfth annual
ALEXANDER ECKSTEIN MEMORIAL LECTURE
"China's Industrial Reforms
and the
Economics of Socialist Transition"
by
THOMAS G. RA WSKI
Professor of Economics and History
University of Pittsburgh
and
1992-93 Wilson Center Research Fellow
Thursday, March 18, 1993
8:00 p.m.
Rackham Amphitheater
Reception following the lecture
Rackham Assembly Hall

RESEARCH
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humans. For some strange reason
they did not want humans to have
it," said Dr. Curt Freed, pioneer of
fetal-tissue research at the University
of Colorado.
But Freed used private funds to
study the effects of transplants on
Parkinson's patients and found that
fetal-cell transplants have been suc-
cessful in 10 out of 13 patients
It is not a cure, but the transplant
has helped the patients regain control
of many of their normal functions

such as walking and talking, he said.
The research, however, has also
renewed ethical debates over the use
of tissue from elective abortions.
Freed added that the lifting of the
ban will make it easier to run clini-
cal trials to determine the safety and
usefulness of the procedure, as well
as provide previously unavailable
funds to embrace a wider variety of
research.
"We've made a lot of progress
without much government support
so that it will set a precedent for
continuing research in this field," he
said.

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LSA
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degree," Duderstadt said. "This issue
of challenging students is
important."
Goldenberg agreed this issue is
important to consider. She added
that survey data demonstrates stu-
dents in upper-level classes gener-
ally indicate they are more chal-
lenged than students in lower-level
classes.
One program that hopes to pro-
vides students with challenging re-
search opportunities was described
by Sandra Gregerman, program di-
rector of Undergraduate Research
Opportunities Program (UROP).
Gregerman said UROP has
placed students in research positions
with University faculty since 1987.
A chemistry professor also spoke
to the Board about his department's
recent efforts to change its educa-
tional goals.
"We have been too concerned
with a static set of facts," he said.
"We could turn information into
meaning but students could not."
Duderstadt said he was pleased
with the chemistry department's at-
tempts to inform the University
community that natural sciences are
liberal sciences.
"I'm absolutely delighted with
the recognition that sciences are part
of the liberal arts," Duderstadt said.
"That's great. It's one of the most
exciting things about this."
Goldenberg ended the discussion
by suggesting improvements the
University can make to better the
undergraduate experience.

"These are the kinds of things
that are inhibiting," Goldenberg said.
"This is a kind of wish list of con-
cerns."
Number one on her list is improv-
ing the CRISP process.
"Our CRISP system is a disaster
and I don't know if I need to say any
more," Goldenberg said. "If we want
to keep our students, we need to fix
it."
Goldenberg said she is also con-
cerned that the introduction of cable
television to the residence halls next
year will undermine the University's
educational mission.
"I have concerns of whether our
academic mission is significantly
driving our policy for residential
life," she said.
Goldenberg said the University
also needs to improve:
orientation for first-year stu-
dents;
Eteaching assessments of faculty
and TAs;
Eadmissions and financial aid
efforts; and,
scheduling of LSA classes.
Shirley McFee (R-Battle Creek)
said she was pleased with LSA's
recognition of the importance of un-
dergraduate education.
"What I have deducted from what
you have presented is, in simple
terms, that you are working to un-
derstand and apply reasons why
people learn and why they learn
what they do," McFee said.
"I'm really excited about this,"
Goldenberg said. "I can't imagine
anyplace in this country to be right
now, if you care about these things,
than at the University of Michigan."

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