17 January 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Ministers under pressure as Lords debate welfare
Ministers will come under pressure today to delay proposed changes to disability benefits when they are debated in the House of Lords. A group of independent cross-bench peers want planned changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to be reviewed. The Government has already agreed to cut the time seriously ill or disabled people will have to wait to be eligible for PIPs from six to three months.
Karlena has the White Stuff
A woman whose severe M.E. means that she spends much of her time confined to a wheelchair has spoken about regaining control of her life by losing 5st 10lbs in weight – and modelling on a catwalk to prove it. Mother of one Karlena Dell from Lode, Cambridgeshire, says that whenever she felt like giving up on her diet, she would look in the window of the White Stuff clothes shop at the fashion items she wanted to be able to wear.
Cambridgeshire Journal, p 58
Doctor studied CFS
A doctor who specialised in old age psychiatry at Prospect Park Hospital, Reading, whose career included studying factors contributing to CFS while at King’s College, has died from a brain tumour at the age of 58. German-born Sigmar Gunar Norfried Saisch grew up in Australia, later moving to the UK with his wife Debbie.
British Medical Journal, p 36
New boss Sue Capstick, a chartered physiotherapist who took over the Bridgeman Centre in Wigan a year ago - where she specialises in treating chronic fatigue - has, during the past six months, expanded the range of treatments on offer to include Chinese acupuncture, holistic therapies and counselling.
Wigan Evening Post, p 25
More awareness needed
Tiredness is a normal human condition, chronic fatigue is not, writes health professional Marie Liddle in a letter to the Editor calling for awareness of CFS to be raised.
Northern Echo, p 15
CFS can be triggered by viral infection, pregnancy, an accident or major life event such as divorce or a bereavement, writes Dr Jurgita Cekanavicience in her Your Health column
The News, Portsmouth, p27
New group wanted
People with M.E. are being urged to start a support group in Stourbridge and Kingswinford in the West Midlands.
Stourbridge Chronicle, p 5
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