Wednesday 22 December
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
PCT will not pay
Oliver Newcombe, who is bedbound with M.E., has been told by Shropshire Primary Care Trust that it will not pay for him to be treated at an M.E. centre in Romford. His mother Diana fears that 20 year old Oliver will die without specialist care.
Shropshire Star, p 4 and online
XMRV not the cause
A study by scientists at University College London, published in the journal Retrovirology says that there is no causal link between XMRV and M.E. The research suggests that samples showing XMRV in previous studies had been contaminated with mouse DNA.
Belfast Telegraph, online
Manchester Wired, online
Yahoo! UK & Ireland, online
Action for M.E. online
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Paisley Daily Express, p 8
Exhausted by electromagnetism
Elizabeth Wells, who has CFS, talks about the difficulty of living with electrosensitivity, which means that computers and mobile phones induce exhaustion, dizziness and flu-like symptoms.
Kindred Spirit, p 64-66
Swine flu vaccine
Vulnerable people, including those with CFS, MS and Parkinson’s Disease, are urged to take the swine flu vaccine as they have a higher risk of catching the illness.
Bournemouth Echo, online
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