9 February 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
M.E. patients' XMRV hopes dashed
Patients’ hopes have taken “an extraordinary battering” after a study that found a possible link between M.E. and the retrovirus XMRV was retracted by Science, by the journal that published. “This is a really sad unravelling of something that was perhaps going to generate a whole new direction in this illness,” says Fred Friedberg, International Association for CFS/M.E.
New York Times, online
PM: we must push on with NHS reform
Prime Minister David Cameron has said there is no alternative but to push ahead with planned reforms to the NHS, despite the Health and Social Care Bill’s unpopularity.
Bedbound and living in pain
Thousands of people in Northern Ireland live with the disabling illness M.E. but say there is not enough medical help in the region. Andrew McGorrian, 11, is bedbound and in constant pain.
Health Snippets, online
No definitive test for CFS
Antony Hayes discusses the rise in functional medicine, “a field of healthcare focused on assessment and early intervention and to the improvement of physiological, cognitive, emotional and physical functioning.” He cites CFS as prime example for which there is no standard lab test, despite the illness affecting so many people.
CAM magazine, p 22-24
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