24 November 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
XMRV not found in multi-lab US study
A US study by the Blood XMRV Scientific Research Working Group, undertaken across nine laboratories, has looked at the blood of 15 patients (all but one with CFS) who previously reported to be XMRV/MLV-positive and 15 healthy controls. Results show that current assays do not reproducibly detect XMRV/MLV in blood samples and that blood donor screening is therefore not warranted.
Science, p 814-817
Bishops speak up against welfare reform
In a letter to the editor, 18 Church of England bishops including Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams urge the Government to reconsider its welfare reforms, saying: "The Church of England has a commitment and moral obligation to speak up for those who have no voice."
AYME awarded Big Lottery money
The Association of Young People with M.E. has been awarded £6,200 from the Big Lottery Fund to design and deliver peer support workshops for children and young people with M.E. and their families in Northumberland.
Morpeth Herald, p 9
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