2 June 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
No link between XMRV and CFS, says new study
In a new study published in Science, scientists at the U.S. National Cancer Institute found no evidence of XMRV in blood samples from 61 people with CFS, even though 43 of the samples had been previously diagnosed as XMRV-positive in the original 2009 study carried out at the Whittemore Peterson Institute. Scientists have surmised that the XMRV found in the 2009 study got there as a result of genetic recombination, a laboratory phenomenon that can occur when DNA from different viruses mix.
New York Times, online
Determined not to let M.E. stop me from living
Lucy Clark, 25, has had M.E. for more than 13 years. She says that, although she struggles on a day-today basis, she is determined not to let M.E. stop her from living her life. Lucy set up her own cupcake business, which allows her to work around her illness while doing something she loves.
Herts Advertiser, p 26
Care services inquiry announced
Stephen Dorrell, Chair of the Commons health select committee, has announced that a wide-ranging inquiry, looking at the process of commissioning care and support for vulnerable adults, will take place in the autumn. This will follow next month’s report on the funding of social care.
Symptoms of M.E. and fibromyalgia
Dr Sarah Jarvis says that overwhelming fatigue and muscle pain are primary symptoms of M.E. and fibromyalgia. There is no clear single cause for either condition, and symptom management can include painkillers, anti-depressants, CBT and very gentle graded exercise, though patients must be careful not to do too much.
My Weekly, p 36-37
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