1 March 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
New study: online CBT for teens with CFS
Dutch researchers publishing a new study in The Lancet say 63% of 135 teenagers with CFS who undertook the Fitnet programme of web-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) reported making a recovery. UK Professors Peter White and Trudie Chalder said the Dutch researchers should be congratulated for their research but that there was no guarantee similar results would be achieved among adult patients.
BBC News, online
Daily Mirror, online and p 20
GPs call for withdrawal of health bill
Following a council meeting yesterday, the General Practitioners Committee (part of the British Medical Association) will make a formal call for the Health and Social Care Bill to be withdrawn.
M.E. makes relationships impossible for me
Miriam Potter, who has M.E., talks about living with the illness as part of feature on women who are happy to be virgins. “For 13 years I’ve had chronic health problems which have made it virtually impossible for me to meet men, let alone consider embarking on a physical relationship,” she says. “My friends know I’m a virgin but don’t judge. They know how impossible it would be for me to have sex. I have accepted I will remain a virgin for ever and I’m perfectly happy with that.”
Daily Mail, online and p 37, 38 and 43
Fundraising adventure in the Arctic Circle
Simon Limpus from West Sussex and Dave Murray from New Zealand are travelling 1,500km across Western Siberia and into the Arctic Circle in a 1940s Russian WWII side car motorbike to raise money for research into M.E./CFS. You can follow the adventure on their website.
Adventure Travel, p 122
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