8 May 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Action for M.E. gives out research grants
Two universities in the north east have been picked to carry out major research into M.E. Action for M.E. is marking the start of a national awareness week by giving out grants totalling £61,000 to Newscastle, Northumbria and Sheffield universities.
The Journal, Newcastle, p 2
Yorkshire Post, p 5
Clare’s great passion
Yachtswoman turned best-selling author Clare Francis, who is President of Action for M.E., has told how for four years she was so ill with M.E. that she could only get out of bed to write for a couple of hours each day and how the charity is one of her great passions.
Mail on Sunday, p 40 and 41 and online
Student Katie Griffith, who has been told that her mystery debilitating muscle condition could be a form of Fibromyalgia or CFS, is planning to run the 10km Great London Run in July and has set up a Just Giving page to raise money for Action for M.E.
Mother Rachel Tadier from Tralee in the Republic of Ireland tells of her daughter Laura’s traumatic five year wait for a diagnosis of M.E. amid ignorance and prejudice from members of the medical profession.
Irish Daily Mirror, p 26 and 27
New support group
A woman diagnosed with CFS last year has set up a new support group for people with the condition. Liz Mills, 44, from Brent Knoll, Somerset, cares for her husband who has terminal cancer. So far 20 people have joined the group hich will hold its first meeting on 23 May. Email Liz for more details.
Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News, p 6 and online
Wry look at life
Former BBC producer turned author Sophie Neville’s memoir Funnily Enough, a wry look at her life with M.E. with her family and menagerie of animals including a dog, a macaw, a carthorse, a donkey, a goat, two cockerels, several sheep and two otters, has made it to the top ten of Amazon’s free UK Kindle Store.
Stroud News & Journal, p 4 and online
Easy to misdiagnose
Orthostatic intolerance – poor bloodflow in the body – which occurs as a malfunction of the nervous system, can be easily misdiagnosed as CFS, says Julia Newton, clinical professor of aging and medicine at Newcastle University and Newcastle NHS Trust.
Daily Mail, p 8 and online
CFS link to gut
Intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, has been linked to a number of conditions including CFS.
CAM magazine, p 10 and 11
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