20 December 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
M.E. study looks at cognitive problems
A study published in the British Journal of Radiology shows that changes in the brains of people with M.E. can cause impaired memory and visual processing problems. Colin Barton, Sussex ME/CFS Society, said, "These findings are consistent with the neurocognitive problems that people with M.E. describe that can be as debilitating as the other physical symptoms."
Brighton Argus, p 14
1 in 100 pupils misses school due to M.E.
A study published in the online journal BMJ Open has found that one in 100 secondary school pupils could be missing classes because of CFS/M.E. Dr Esther Crawley, University of Bristol, said, “This project suggests that undiagnosed CFS/M.E. may be an important and under-appreciated cause of school absence in children aged 11-16 years.”
Boness Journal, online
This article also appears online in the Gainsborough Standard and News Guardian.
Dangers of Coalition welfare reforms
Blogger and disability campaigner Sue Marsh has been told she is no longer eligible for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), despite living with severe Crohn's disease. Her case highlights “the dangers of the Coalition's welfare reforms,” says Patrick Butler.
CFS never heard of in my youth
In a letter to the editor, Keith Dewison comments on the recent story that young people are increasingly suffering from CFS. “Such conditions were never heard of in my youth,” he says. “I do not believe that there is such a condition as chronic fatigue syndrome, which is the logical explanation as to why it is difficult to diagnose.”
Teeside Evening Gazette, p 22
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