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The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these often severely-disabling physical illnesses. We provide supportive services for patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.

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A new Continuing Medical Education (CME) course, Sleep Problems in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), has been made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health care providers make take this course for CME credit; others, including the public, are welcome to view the course without credit.

Description: The Sleep Problems in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a web-based training course designed to teach clinicians and other healthcare professionals about the treatment of sleep problems in persons with CFS. Lesson 1 provides a brief overview of CFS. Lesson 2 gives an overview of sleep problems in CFS. Lesson 3 reviews how to evaluate CFS patients for sleep abnormalities. Lesson 4 presents interventions to optimize sleep in CFS. After the lessons, a case study will be presented.

“Sleep Problems in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)” is intended for the following clinicians who desire a basic introduction to CFS and sleep problem diagnosis and management:

  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Health Educators

Well-known CFS clinicians Lucinda Bateman, M.D. and Benjamin Natelson, M.D. participated in the development of this course.

This course will be available until  June 11, 2014.



View videos of recent lectures

View the video of Dr. Anthony Komaroff's 2013 lecture, "CFS Research: Recent Progress and Challenges"

View the video of Dr. Jo Solet's lecture, “The Science of Sleep.”

View the video of Dr. Byron Hyde's lecture, “Why Doctors Can’t Diagnose and What Tests Should be Considered.”

View the video of Dr. David Bell's lecture, "25 Year Follow-up in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Rising Incapacity."

View the video of Dr. Anthony Komaroff's 2010 lecture, "The Latest Research on CFS."

NOTICE  July 2012
The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as CFS/CFIDS/ME. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are currently using ME/CFS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are calling the illness CFS.

Until there is consensus on a name for the illness, the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association name will not change.

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