12 January 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Welfare changes to continue despite Lords
The Government today insisted that it would continue with controversial changes to the welfare system despite a series of defeats in the House of Lords over Employment Support Allowance inflicted when around half of Liberal Democrat peers voted with Labour and independent cross-benchers.
BBC News, online
WCA inaccuracies revealed
Widespread inaccuracies in the medical reports used to help determine eligibility for sickness benefits have been revealed by a year-long study into the Coalition Government’s controversial Work Capability Assessments by the charity Citizens Advice.
The Guardian Society section, p 30 and online
Race is on for Barbara
A CFS patient has signed up to run the Cambridge Half Marathon after losing 2 stone in weight gave her a new ‘zest for life’. Barbara Kidman, 45, of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, who has become a Slimmming World consultant, was diagnosed with CFS in 2010.
Cambridge News, p 13 and online
A report headlined: ‘Detection of an infectious retrovirus, XMRV, in patients with CFS’ is being retracted by the US-based publication Science.
Science, p 1636
Support group meets
Mansfield ME and FMS Support Group meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at St John’s School, St John’s Street, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Ashfield Chad, p 38
Invitation to join
People affected by M.E. are invited to join the ME Community Trust.org’s local support group in Paisley.
Paisley Daily Express, p 6
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