Thursday 20 January 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
PTSD led to M.E.
In a letter to the editor, Lynn Blackmore says people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) need early intervention and proper support. Lynn’s PTSD has led to her having M.E. and other health problems.
Herald Express, p 8
No conclusive test
In response to a query from a reader whose husband has CFS, Dr George Crooks confirms that there is no conclusive test for CFS.
Glasgow Evening Times, p 14
Elusive XMRV link
Four papers published in the journal Retrovirology say that the presence of XMRV in people with M.E. in previous studies is due to laboratory contamination. Dr Judy Mikovtis, who originally found XMRV in people with M.E., refutes the findings.
Science, p 17
In a letter to the editor, Christine Wrightson points out that the World Health Organisation class M.E. as a neurological condition, and asks when the Government will fund research into the illness.
York Press, p 18
Persistent tiredness affects one in 10 people, often caused by stress, pregnancy, illness and mental health problems. Anyone who suffers from prolonged, disabling tiredness with no obvious cause is advised to speak to their GP as they may have M.E.
Newry Democrat, p 28
M.E. and bacteria
Replacing bacteria in the gut may help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, MS, rheumatoid arthritis and M.E., says Thomas Broday, an Australian gastroenterologist who has seen improvements in patients with such illnesses.
New Scientist, p 8-9
CFS made worse by whiplash
In the case of Masood V Kerr, Mr Masood said that the road traffic accident he was involved him left him with whiplash that caused CFS. The judge ruled that the whiplash exacerbated, rather than caused, Mr Masood’s CFS, and awarded him £2000 for the whiplash plus £1000 for the exacerbation.
Post Magazine, p 26
An environmental health investigation has been launched over new loudspeaker systems at train stations. Rolf Tipping, who lives opposite Huncoat station, has CFS that he says is exacerbated by the volume of the loudspeaker.
Blackburn, Darwen and Hyndburn Citizen, p 7
CFS and fibromyalgia
In response to a query from a reader has CFS and fibromyalgia, Dr Martin Edwards says that the two illness often go hand in hand, and that proven treatments are exercise, phsychological therapy and a low dose of antidepressants.
Chat, p 41
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