12 October 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Nursing care for people with CFS/M.E.
Amanda McGough, specialist nurse, South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust, says managing CFS/M.E. promptly reduces the possibility of lasting impairment and disability.
Nursing Times, online
US study: higher death rate linked to vitamins
A new US study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, has reported a link between vitamins and higher death rates among older women. Researchers believe consumers are buying supplements with no evidence that they will provide any benefit, though they stress that their study relied on the 38,000 US women who took part in it recalling what vitamins and minerals they had taken over the previous two decades.
BBC News, online
Switch to an M.E.-friendly GP
In response to a reader who says her GP thinks M.E. is all in her head, Dr Christian Jessen advises that she consider switching to another doctor at the practice who may be more helpful.
Closer, p 111
Dr Mikovits sacked from WPI
Dr Judy Mikovits, who authored the original paper in 2009 linking CFS to XMRV, has been sacked from her job at the Whittemore Peterson Institute. Science, the journal that published the paper, is also investigating allegations of image manipulation.
British Medical Journal, online
Peers warned over “killing off” health reform
Health Minister Lord Howe has written to peers warning that a proposed amendment from Lords Hennessy and Owen could have “grave implications” and kill off the Health and Social Care Bill. The amendment proposes that the controversial competition elements of the Bill are referred to a special committee.
BBC News, online
Butterfly Group charity helped give me new lease of life
Dawn Poleon has had CFS and fibromyalgia for around 15 years. At her lowest point, she was unable stand for long, in a great deal of pain and contemplating suicide. Finding the Butterfly Group, a charity and support network for people with immune, auto-immune and chronic disorders, helped Dawn cope. "The charity saved my life," she says. "Physically I still have the same problems, but mentally and emotionally I am a lot better."
Blackpool Gazette, p 18
Kelly Anne Thayers, 26, was found dead at her family’s home on the morning of 8 June. Her mother Rose Thayers told the coroner’s court that Kelly Anne had many chronic conditions including epilepsy, asthma, CFS, depression, anxiety and osteopenia. The coroner ruled that Kelly Anne died from tramadol toxicity and returned a verdict of death by misadventure.
South Wales Argus, p 3
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