24 March 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
MRC invites M.E./CFS research proposals
The Medical Research Council invites proposals for reaserch into M.E./CFS, focusing on automonic dysfunction, cognitive symptoms, fatigue, immune dysregulation, pain or sleep disorders. There is a budget of £1.5 million available for this research, and the deadline is 7 June 2011.
Research Fortnight, p 8
Improved fatigue levels
Co-enzyme Q10 is a chemical found in the mitochondria of cells. A study of 20 people with CFS, reported at an America College of Nutrition meeting, found that Co-enzyme Q10 improved their fatigue levels.
Healthy Magazine, p 28
Symptoms under control
Nichola Ansett has had CFS for ten years. Now that she has her symptoms more under control, she has been enjoying trying out activities at the Sportspark in Norwich as part of the Eastern Daily Press’s new active lifestyle initiative.
Eastern Daily Press, p 4-5
Cause and effect
Studies claim to have shown various health benefits to eating chocolate, including helping patients with CFS, heart disease and pre-eclampsia. But what is cause, and what is effect, asks Dr Keith.
The Sun, online
Starting to recover
Mandy Gill was diagnosed with CFS and fibromyalgia after failing to recover from swine flu and laryngitis. She used mickel therapy to help her start to recover, and has launched her own website, hoping to inform other people about the illness.
Derby Telegraph, online
Apologies and correction
Barry Derby was reported as having M.E. in a recent article, but in fact the Tyneside Hairdresser has Parkinson’s Disease. The Sunday Sun apologies for any distress it may have caused.
The Sunday Sun, p 27
Doubt cast on XMRV
A study by scientists at University College London, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge and the University of Oxford says that there is no causal link between XMRV and M.E. The research suggests that samples showing XMRV in previous studies had been contaminated with mouse DNA.
Bo’ness Journal, online
Queensferry Gazette, online
Kirriemuir Hearld, online
Motherwell Times, online
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