29 September 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
XMRV: trust science, not scientists
The results of the recent study by the Blood XMRV Scientific Research Group in the US show, along with a partial retraction of the 2009 Science paper describing identification of the retrovirus in patients with CFS, show that detection of XMRV in patient samples is a result of contamination. “XMRV reminds us to trust science, not scientists,” says Vincent Racaniello.
Virology Blog, online
Fundraising efforts hampered
Up to 150 people in the Sarratt area, including the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Foundation, lost their internet and phone service after copper cable was stolen from BT lines last week. The charity’s Anne Faulkner said its efforts to organise a forthcoming funding drive had been hampered by the blackouts.
Watford Observer, p 5
Issues over quick diagnosis of M.E./CFS
Eight possible reasons for tiredness and lack of energy are not enough sleep, too much stress, dehydration, underactive thyroid, skipping meals, lack of iron, sleep apnoea and CFS. “Despite official Government acceptance that M.E./CFS is a genuine and disabling illness, there is still a major issue about the time it can take to obtain a firm diagnosis from a doctor,” says Tony Britton, ME Association.
TM Magazine (Training Matters), p 16-17
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