18 Otcober 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Plans to cut benefit if you appeal ESA
Under current benefit rules, anyone who applies for Employment and Support Allowance and is found fit to work continues to receive their benefit while they take it to appeal. But under new plans revealed by the Government, payments to claimants who want to appeal would stop. If their claim is successful they will be reimbursed in full. Judges have privately said they could face 500,000 cases a year with some taking more than nine months to resolve.
New Statesman, online
Dr Mikovits fired from WPI
Dr Judy Mikovits, former director of research at the Whittemore Peterson Institute, was fired after she clashed with Annette Whittemore over the work of another researcher. The following day, virology student Abbie Smith reported that Mikovits had used an image from the paper to illustrate a different set of results during a recent presentation.
Nature, p 161 and online
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