12 August 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Biobank invaluable for M.E. research
Action for M.E., the ME Association, ME Research UK and a private donor have come together to fund a biobank for M.E. to improve the understanding of M.E. Human blood samples will be gathered and specifically used to look into the illness. Action for M.E.’s chief executive Sir Peter Spencer said: “This biobank will be an invaluable resource for scientific research into the different sub types of the condition and for seeking biomarkers that could play an essential part in diagnosis. At the moment there is no definitive test for M.E. I believe the biobank will quickly prove its immense value to researchers.”
Edinburgh Evening News, p 12
Normal tiredness versus disabling fatigue
Vivienne Parry asks what levels of tiredness are normal and when should we seek help for fatigue and exhaustion. Anemia, hypothyroid, depression, celiac disease, liver disease and M.E. are all mentioned as sourced of fatigue. Professor Julia Newton and Dr Esther Crawley share their views.
BBC Radio 4, Am I normal?, 4.30pm
Understanding and advice at Dorset M.E. Support Group
Fiona Murphy was diagnosed with M.E. which her doctor thought may be related to the shingles she’d had a few months previously. Fiona found understanding and advice at Dorset M.E. Support Group, and donated £200 to the group after selling her much-loved shoe collection on eBay.
Pick Me Up, p 44
Revisit the story in a more balanced way
In a letter to the editor, Dr John Greensmith, M.E. Community Trust, says that he is currently drafting an open letter to all journalists including those how covered the recent story about M.E. researchers facing intimidation, asking them to revisit the story in a more balanced way.
Longridge & Ribble Valley News, p 7
Return to running
Melvyn Walmsley completed the Taunton marathon in 1989 in three hours and nine minutes. Mr Walmsley, now 60, will return to running after “a slight blip, with several years of CFS”, by taking part in the 10K Chestnut House Coastal Run on 11 September to raise money for Chestnut Tree House Hospice.
West Sussex Gazette, p 2
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