2 August 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Reunite neurology and psychiatry, says Prof
Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience at Oxford University and former chief executive of the Medical Research Council argues for the reunification of neurology and psychiatry as medical disciplines. He agrees that too little research has been conducted into M.E., a condition that affects three times as many people as MS in the UK, but finds it hard to accept the abuse directed at scientists who undertake “the wrong kind of research.”
The Times, p 18
M.E. researchers put off by intimidation
Dr Charles Shepherd, M.E. Association, says that personal intimidation of M.E. reseachers is unacceptable but also “the anger, the frustration, is due to the fact that all this effort, all this government-funding, has just been going to the psychological side," he said. He also says that much more biomedical research into the illness needs to be done.
Newcastle Evening Chronicle, p 3
Western Daily Press, p 18
Western Morning News, p 12
M.E. services survey
In a letter to the editor, Action for M.E.’s Sir Peter Spencer asks local people who have used specialist NHS CFS/M.E. services to complete the charity’s survey* by 12 August.
Bracknell News, p 6
*NB. InterAction readers – this survey may be found on pp 13-14 of your summer issue
BBC Disability correspondent will not be replaced
The BBC has confirmed that it will not be replacing its specialist disability news correspondent Geoff Adams-Spink, who left the BBC in April to set up his own company, even though it employs specialist correspondents covering many other subjects.
Proudlock Associates News, online
Reading Area M.E. Group
In a letter to the editor, Miriam Potter of the Reading Area M.E. Group thanks all those who came forward to help keep the group going. Help with fundraising is still required; to get involved please email Sylvia at email@example.com.
Reading Chronicle, p 14
Lochaber PVFS/CFS/M.E. Support Network raised more than £660 at a musical fundraiser on Saturday night.
Oban Times, p 9
Exhibition of paintings
An exhibition by St Ives-based artist Jenny Shaw-Browne will run from 30 July to 12 August. Jenny began painting after becoming ill with M.E.
St Ives Times & Echo, p 7
Strength and determination
In a letter to the editor, a reader praises fellow M.E. patient Kylie Martin, whose story was reported in the paper, for her strength and determination.
Sutton Coldfield Observer, p 13
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