7 July 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Court ruling could lead to more care cuts
The Supreme Court has ruled that Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council was within its rights to cut overnight care for a woman who needs help to move to the toilet. Supreme Court justice Lady Hale warned that the ruling could set a precedent for local authorities to make even greater cuts to care. Age UK, the Stroke Association and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have all expressed concern about the impact this could have on the 250,000 disabled adults in the UK who currently receive care at home.
The impact of M.E.
Lainey Pellow, 17, was diagnosed with M.E. aged 11 following a bout of glandular flu three years previously. Lisa Hoyle, 19, became ill with M.E. following viral meningitis. They talk about the impact of the illness, which Action for M.E. says affects 25,000 children and young people in the UK.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner, online
Support in Swindon
Swindon M.E. Support Group meets at Park South Community Centre, 7pm to 9pm, on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information about the group, see www.swindonmesupportgroup.org.
Swindon Advertiser, p 4
Sonia Lewis, former mayor of Colchester, raised more than £33,800 for charity during her time in office, which she donated to organisations including Epilepsy Action and the M.E. Society.
Essex County Standard, 20
Lemon balm has been used therapeutically for more than 2,000 years. Research shows it may help with treatment of cold sores, viral infections, poor sleep, hyperactivity in children, thyroid problems and CFS.
Top Sante Health & Beauty, p 45
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