28 February 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Access to NHS services cut to save cash
According to a Pulse magazine poll of 380 GPs, NHS managers are blocking hospital referrals in order to save money. The poll found that 10% of GPs faced restrictions in access to M.E./CFS services for their patients.
Daily Telegraph, p 4
Daily Telegraph Scotland, p 4
The Guardian, p 8 and online
Daily Express, p 34 and online
Shropshire Star, p 14
Yorkshire Post, p 2
Science must find a cure
In a letter to the editor, Action for M.E.’s Sir Peter Spencer says that people affected by M.E. won’t be surprised to read that the PACE Trial, published in the Lancet, has found current treatments to be, at best, only moderately effective. NICE must bear in mind that the specialist expertise and safeguards which apply to controlled research do not apply across the NHS as a whole. The Medical Research Council must spend the £1.5 million earmarked for research on M.E. on finding the cause of the illness.
Impartial Reporter, p 37
Mid Sussex Times, p 8
Berwick Advertiser, p 6
Ten reasons for fatigue
CFS appears on a list of ten health conditions that can cause fatigue, along with coaeliac disease, anemia and diabetes.
In a letter to the editor, Lindsey Jeffers asks if investigating chronically raised inflammatory responses could help scientists better understand M.E.
New Scientist, p 31
Amanda Brown investigates the Lightning Process, a technique offered for conditions including M.E., irritable bowel syndrome and chronic pain.
Women’s Fitness, p 100
In his book No more fatigue, Jack Challem looks at five underlying factors he believes are linked to CFS: stress, diet, hormones, illness and ageing.
Women’s Fitness, p 96-97
Louise Fennel, who had CFS, says she has recovered using journey therapy, a technique based on the theory that cells retain the memory of traumatic events.
Craven Herald & Pioneer, p 33
Dr Deepa Apte believes that the pace of modern life contributes to the rise in stress-related illness. She refers to a patient with CFS and stress who was overworked.
Wharf, p 12
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