14 March 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
XMRV link to human disease in doubt
Two collaborating research teams claim to have evidence that XMRV was generated by chance in a laboratory, and the link to XMRV and CFS is not valid. However, the fact that such a retrovirus can readily infect human cells is still cause for concern.
Science, p 1253-254 and online
What living with M.E. is really like
A woman with M.E. describes what it’s like to live with the illness. She says that the symptoms are bad enough, but dealing with people’s ignorance adds insult to injury.
The Guardian (Weekend Magazine), p 77 and online
Although no substitute for medical treatment, colour therapy can be used to help alleviate symptoms. The colour green is said to ease heart disease and CFS.
Spirit & Destiny, p 31
Having to give up work
Hairdresser Barry Darby, who has M.E., has struggled to continue working but has had to give up because his symptoms have worsened.
Sunday Sun, online
M.E. never diagnosed
Michael Flatley looks back at his career to date. Following his marriage he was hit by a debilitating illlness. Although M.E. was suspected, he was never diagnosed.
Daily Mail, p 8-9
PACE Trial results state that CBT and GET can safely be added to standard medical care to moderately improve outcomes for chronic fatigue syndrome, but adaptive pacing therapy is not an effective addition.
Linlithgow Gazette, online
Homeless man thanks locals
A Colchester homeless man, who has M.E. and MRSA, has thanked local people who donated bedding after his was ruined by vandals for the third time.
Colchester Gazette, p 29
Cricket star returns
Yorkshire cricketer Joe Sayers is to return to the game after taking eight months out to recover from post-viral fatigue syndrome. Joe believes his illness was triggered by a bug he picked up in South Africa.
BBC 1 North Leeds, Inside Out, 7.40pm
The Press, p 35
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