5 July 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Rising problems with ESA, say CAB
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) are struggling to cope with the rising problems claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). CAB responded to 97,000 requests for support on this issue alone in the first three months of 2012, a 71% rise on the same quarter last year. CAB’s Gillian Guy said: "This is a very worrying trend. ESA is giving rise to a far higher volume of appeals than any other benefit."
Action for M.E. appoints new CEO
Bath University graduate Sonya Chowdhury will be the next Chief Executive of Action for M.E. when Sir Peter Spencer stands down in September. Action for M.E. Chairman Alan Cook said, "We are very fortunate to be able to appoint somebody of Sonya's high calibre."
University of Bath, online
GlaxoSmithKline and Wellbutrin
A US Government complaint following a nine-year investigation of GlaxoSmithKline has led to a $3 billion criminal and civil settlement over illegal drug marketing and other matters. One of the physicians named in the complaint is Dr James Pradko, who frequently made “off-label claims” about the effectiveness of Glaxo’s anti-depressant Wellbutrin for a number of conditions for which it isn’t FDA-approved, including weight loss, erectile dysfunction and CFS.
The Wall Street Journal Europe, p 19
Functional medicine and CFS
Nutri's annual functional medicine conference, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, will focus on chronic fatigue. Speakers include Dr Jeffrey Bland, nutritional biochemist and founder of the Institute for Functional Medicine.
CAM Magazine, p 42
Continuing Professional Development for M.E.
A series of follow-up semiars to last year’s Biocare conerence on M.E. will begin with Dr Sarah Myhill sharing her knowledge of the immune system, inflammatory response and their effect on the progression of M.E. For more information, email Biocare or call 0121 433 8774.
CAM Magazine, p 44
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