28 October 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Poll shows 92% support welfare state
A telephone poll of 1,000 British adults carried out for BBC Two documentary The future state of welfare has shown that 92% agree with the need for a benefits system that provides a safety net for all. However, 84% want to see stricter testing for incapacity benefits while 57% want those on housing benefit in expensive areas to be moved.
BBC News, online
Cancer drug used to treat CFS
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 discovered by accident that rituximab might work against CFS after seeing symptoms ease in a patient who had both lymphoma and CFS.
New Scientist, p 18
Cash gift for driving lessons
Hayley Fallon, 26, has M.E. and fibromyalgia and is cared for by her boyfriend Jonathan, who has wanted to learn to drive for a long time. Unable to afford lessons, Hayley wrote to Full House! magazine’s Crunch Buster and received £500 for Jonathan’s driving course.
Full House!, p 19
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