6 January 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Breast implants pledge after Minister's comment
Nuffield Health has become the first health care company to say it will pay for the removal of faulty breast implants, made by the French company in question, Poly Implants Protheses (PIP). The announcement comes after Health Secretary Andrew Lansley declared on Tuesday that it would be “unacceptable” if clinics that used the implants neglected their responsibility to their patients. Adverse affects reported by women who have had the transplants have included CFS.
Daily Telegraph, online
Downton script raises £261
Auctioning an original script from the hit TV drama Downton Abbey has raised £261 for Action for M.E. The script from the first episode of the second series was donated by series creator Lord Julian Fellowes to M.E. patient Helen Buckenham of Dersingham, East Anglia, who along with her family organised the auction on Ebay.
Eastern Daily Press, p 1
Managing director Ann Dempster, who has had CFS in the past, has described how she and her former partner have continued to run the Exeter-based outsourcing firm Handle With Care that they founded together despite splitting up as a couple. She also tells how illness has changed her approach to running the business.
This is Cornwall, online
Animal rights plea
While pleased that M.E. is now being taken seriously enough for substantial research funding to be allocated into the mechanisms and underlying biological processes involved in the illness, Robert Balfour of Malvern in an online comment on a Worcester News article hopes the money will not be used for ‘outdated, cruel and hit-and-miss’ procedures involving animals.
Worcester News, online
A charity gig in aid of Action for M.E. by Brittany-based group The Churchfitters, whose line-up includes musicians from England, Ireland and France, will take place at the village hall in Garboldisham, Norfolk, on January 21. For more details and tickets at £10.50 telephone 01359251498
Haverhill Echo, p 17
More common than thought
A study of 3,000 children at three secondary schools in Bath, Somerset, found that 28 pupils missed school due to CFS meaning that the condition could be 10 times more common than previously thought.
Doncaster Free Press, online
Support group call
People affected by M.E. are invited to become members of an ME Community Trust local support group, based on the geographical area of their parliamentary constituency.
Western Daily Press, p 18-19
CFS research ‘flawed’
The results of recently announced research into CFS will be applied to those who have M.E. writes Dr John H Greensmith of the ME Community Trust.
Bristol Evening Post, online
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