9 August 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Lib Dems demand key changes to ESA
The Liberal Democrats are to demand five key changes to Employment Support Allowance at their annual conference next month, asking for clearer assessment criteria and descriptors; greater accuracy in assessment, particularly for those with fluctuating conditions; a less stressful assessment process; support for people with disabilities; access to adequate representation on appeal.
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.
Swindon Advertiser, online
*NB. InterAction readers – this survey may be found on pp 13-14 of your summer issue.
Michael Crawford on Thursday's This Morning
Listed as the pick of daytime TV for Thursday 11 August, Michael Crawford will appear on This Morning (10.30am to 12.30) to talk about his title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of The Wizard of Oz after taking a break from the stage for six years due to M.E.
Radio Times, p 94
Looking into causes of M.E.
Herbalists and psychologist Liz Sanders, Regan Duggan and Cliff Arnall are looking for patients to take part in their invesitgation into the causes of polymyalgia, M.E., fibromyalgia and CFS. Participants will be asked to provide details of their life and health issues a year before the onset of their illness. All information will be treated confidentially. For more information about the research, contact Liz Sanders on 01874 638 873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Mail (Cardiff), p 27
A true fairy tale
Children’s author Hannah Titania, who has M.E. and is an ambassador for UK chairyt The Tymes Trust, signed copies of her new book A true fairy tale on Thursday.
Reading Chronicle, p 23
Mild, moderate and severe CFS
CFS causes persistant fatigue and muscle pain, says an article looking at symptoms of mild, moderate and severe instances of the illness.
Bangla Mirror, p 23
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