25 October 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Norwegian CFS study points to immune system
Øystein Fluge and Olav Mella, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway have published new research showing that 10 of 15 patients with CFS found their symptoms eased after taking anti-lymphoma drug rituximab. They believe CFS may be caused by the immune system attacking the body.
BBC News, online
This story was also reported in the Daily Mail online, 24/10/11.
Invest in ME support new research
A small Norwegian study showing that a cancer drug relieved symptoms in some M.E. patients has been welcomed by Norwich-based charity Invest in ME. “It vindicates those who have been saying for many years that biomedical research into M.E. is the way forward for providing treatments and cures for this disease,” said a spokesman for the charity.
Norwich Evening News, p 53
Employee of the year
Grace Higgins, NHS Stockport, has been named the trust’s Employee of the Year for her work developing the CFS/M.E. service.
Stockport Times East, p 20
Support for fellow M.E. patient
In a letter to the editor, Terri offers her support to fellow M.E. patient Paul Gray, featured in a previous issue of the magazine, whose friends are trying to raise enough money for him to buy a mobility scooter.
Bizarre, p 34
Tributes have been paid to Mandy Simone who has died after becoming ill with throat cancer. She was 58. Mandy took early retirement when she got M.E. and later overcame breast cancer.
North Wales Weekly News, p 3
Yoga for people with M.E.
Lucia Cookcroft invites anyone with CFS/M.E. to join her yoga and meditation classes that combine a blend of gentle movement, breathwork and relaxation.
Brentwood Gazette, p13
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