16 February 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Paralympic rower in battle with CFS
South African-born, London-based, Ireland qualified, rower Kevin Du Toit, who is preparing for his second Paralympics, says he almost gave up the sport after CFS left him unable to train for three years. He blames a bout of glandular fever for the onset of the condition. After competing for South Africa in the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008, Du Toit has used his dual citizenship to join the Irish team.
Man died after assessed as fit
The family of a man who died just three weeks after being told that he was fit for work and ineligible for disability benefits have spoken of his treatment at the hands of the Department of Work and Pensions. A statement from the DWP said this is a tragic case, but stressed that anyone who disagrees with a benefits decision has the right to appeal. Listen again on BBC iPlayer.
You and Yours, BBC Radio 4
Time to join campaign
No other illness with such a devastating impact on so many people has so little money spent on scientific research or specialist health care, writes Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer, in a letter to the Editor urging people to join the Time for Action campaign at www.actionforme.org.uk/time-for-action and to pass on the link to their family, friends, relatives, colleagues and other potential supporters.
Worcester News, p 19 and online
Student Forum live
Our Student Hub section now has an interactive forum for students to swap information with peers, share experiences and form online friendships.
Paisley Daily Express, p 6
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