25 November 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Cervical cancer vaccine to be replaced
The Department of Health has confirmed that Cervarix, a vaccine that protects cervical cancer, will be replaced by Gardasil, which additionally prevents up to 90% of genital warts, in the UK’s routine immunisation programme for young girls. Earlier this month, the parents of 13-year-old schoolgirl Lucy Hinks blamed Cervarix for triggering CFS in their daughter.
Daily Mail, online
Dr Mikovits arrested in California
Dr Judy Mikovits, the researcher who linked XMRV to CFS, is in police custody in California, has been charged with being a fugitive from justice in possession of property stolen from the Whittemore Peterson Institute, Nevada. She was due to go to court as New Scientist to press on 22 November.
New Scientist, p 7
Spare a thought for people with M.E.
In a letter to the editor, Dr John Greensmith asks readers to spare a thought for people with M.E. at Christmas. "It is a testing time for all individuals and relationships, which is exacerbated to intolerable when one is constantly ill," he says.
Western Morning News, p 33
Homeopathic approach to CFS
Taking a homeopathic approach to CFS can help support patients as homeopathy works on multiple levels, says Ellen Kramer. She recommends, as with all illnesses, identifying the underlying cause and sequence of events leading to the onset of symptoms.
Choice Health & Wellbeing, p 44-46
Severity and duration of illness
Professor Rona Ross-Morris looks at illness beliefs and their relations to severity and duration of illness in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, postconcussional syndrome, multiple sclerosis and CFS.
The Psychologist, p 899
Milton Keynes 2011 Theatre District Christmas event, 4pm, Sunday 27 November offers entertainment including Guinness World Record Holder professional freestyle footballer Daniel Cutter and the MK Parkour Display Team. This year's charity is the Association of Young People with M.E.
Milton Keynes Citizen, p 55
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