26 August 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Study of negative attitudes towards CFS
Professor Leonard Jason examines mistreatment and negative attitudes towards CFS patients and identifies social and institutional factors that contribute to this discrimination. He also looks at how the field of Community Psychology, which is based on listening to and giving voice to patients, is broadly relevant to patient activism communities.
American Journal of Community Psychology, online
Devastating impact on the whole family
Ami Barrass, 13, was diagnosed with M.E. in October last year and is unable to attend school or socialise with her friends. The illness has had a devastating impact on the whole family says mum Georgie, who has raised money for the Association of Young People with M.E. with a collection at Tesco, Pembroke Dock.
Pembroke Western Telegraph, p 27
A-level success for Edward
Edward Kimberley, 16, is celebrating after passing his seventh A-level, gaining and A* in modern history. Edward, who has Asperger’s and CFS, has been home-schooled since the age of 10.
Worcester News, p 3
Reunite neurology and psychology, says Wessely
Professor Simon Wessely recalls first encountering M.E. as a trainee psychiatrist at the National Hospital for Neurology, London and talks about the treatment approaches he has developed in the last 20 years. He also criticises the “the malign tactics of the minority” who believe that there should be no psychological research into M.E. and he advocates reuniting the disciplines of neurology and psychology.
The Spectator, p 24 and online
Researchers targeted by activists
Scientists and researchers researching CFS/M.E. are being targeted by activists who object to any suggestion that the illness has psychological causes.
Times Higher Education, p 4 and online
Hoping my health will improve
Sarah-Jayne Marcussen became ill with M.E. after contracting glandular fever as a teenager. After spending six months housebound and in pain, she began to recover and used fitness pole dancing to build up her strength again. Unfortunately her first pregnancy caused a relapse, but Sarah-Jayne loves being a mum and hopes her health will improve in time.
Real People, p 23
Book about my battle with M.E.
Former West End star Michelle Breeze, who has starred in hit productions, including Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, has written a book about her battle with M.E. “It’s about trying to get back on your feet from an illness where there is no cure, and one which many sceptics are not even sure if it actually exists,” she says.
Caernarfon Herald, online
Fundraising tractor run
Winmarleigh Young Farmers Club has raised £190 for the Fund for Osteopathic Research into M.E., founded by club member Jade Hodgkinson, by holding its first tractor run.
Longridge & Ribble Valley News, p 39
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