A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
M.E. still much misunderstood
Few illnesses are as misunderstood and misrepresented as CFS/M.E. Victoria Reeves, who was diagnosed in 2007, says, "I think people have a perception of what fatigue is, but not M.E. at this level. I literally cannot do anything, it's an illness that takes your life, but it doesn't kill you."
BBC News, online
Coalition warned over welfare reform failure
Universal Credit – the Government’s answer to simplifying the benefits system – has been moved to the top of George Osborne’s warning list of projects that could fail and threaten the Coalition. Concerns centre on the ability of HM Revenue and Customs, which will have a central role in delivering Universal Credit, to meet its deadlines.
The Telegraph, online
New study doubts XMRV link to CFS
A new US study published in Science questions the link between CFS and the retrovirus XMRV. It found that the lab tests originally used to detect the retrovirus in 2009 were unreliable.
Independent i, p 12-13
Running the Berlin Marathon for M.E.
Schoolteacher Meryl Jane Philips will take part in the Berlin Marathon to raise money for ME Research UK. Meryl was inspired to run for the charity when Rob Saunders, a friend and former head boy, became ill with M.E.
Mid Sussex Times, p 3
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