3 February 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Sir Peter says genuinely sick need help
In a letter to the editor, Action for M.E.’s Sir Peter Spencer highlights the significance of the Medical Research Council (MRC) announcement that funding of £1.5 million will be set aside for research into the causes of M.E. Sir Peter points out that not everyone claiming benefits is a fraudster, and the genuinely sick need help.
Birmingham Post Lite, p 8
Birmingham Mail, p 14
Peterborough Evening Telegraph, p 12
Sussex & Kent M.E./CFS Society welcomes the news that £1.5 million funding from the MRC will be dedicated to research into the M.E.
Brighton Argus, p 17
M.E. needs proper research, says MP
Ian Swales, MP for Redcar, says that people with M.E. need proper diagnosis and treatment. Mr Swales called for a debate on this in Parliament to highlight the need for research and the stigma that still surrounds M.E.
Yahoo! Uk & Ireland, online
M.E. and cannabis
Jason, 30, has had M.E. since he was 10. Worried about the side effects of conventional medicine, Jason uses cannabis to relieve the pain M.E. causes. Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London, says it doesn’t make any sense that prescribing cannabis for people like Jason is still illegal.
BBC Three, Cannabis: what’s the harm?, 46 m 14 s
Latest pain research
Horizon looks at the latest research into pain, including pioneering new treatments and how emotions can affect pain..
BBC Two, The secret world of pain
Danielle Collins found it difficult to cope when she became ill with M.E. Using yoga and nutrition to help alleviate her symptoms, Danielle now offers wellbeing coaching to other people with M.E.
Healthy Magazine, p 51-52
Interviewed for an article about chronic infection, evolutionary biologist Professor Paul Ewald says that CFS is a good example of a disease that until recently was dismissed by some scientists as psychosomatic because the cause was unknown, but that actually it’s a serious illness.
CAM Magazine, p 42-44
Author’s enduring spirit
Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit, has written a second book, Unbroken: an extraordinary true story of courage and survival. Laura has CFS but has still managed to produce a blockbuster telling the story of WWII pilot and Olympic runner Louis Zamperini.
Evening Standard, p 34-35
The next meeting of the Moray M.E. Support Group will held on 8 February at the Moray Resource Centre, Elgin. Fore more information call Karen on 01343 813999.
Banffshire Advertiser, p 3
A recent randomized crossover study of 10 patients with CFS found that they could boost their energy by eating dark chocolate.
BMA News Review (Student ed.), p 46
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