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BBC and Times report on CFS in 16-year-olds

January 25, 2016

CFS is more common than previously thought, affecting 2% of 16-year-olds and almost twice as many girls as boys, reports the BBC today.

"Children from poorer families were also more likely to have the condition," it says.

The University of Bristol research, published in the US journal Pediatrics, studied more than 5,700 parents and their children about their experiences, finding that those with CFS missed, on average, more than half a day of school every week.

Our Chief Executive, Sonya Chowdhury, says the study pointed to the need for more effective treatments. "We know from contact with the parents of children with ME that this disabling condition impacts on every area of family life," she commented. "The reality is that many young people miss considerably more than half a day of school a week, while for the most severely affected, their disabling symptoms are compounded by the isolation and loss that comes with being housebound and/or bedbound."

Lead author Dr Simon Collin, quoted in the Western Daily Press story about the research, says, "CFS is a very debilitating illness which has a huge impact on the lives of children and their families, and the results of our study underscore the need for further research into the causes of, and improved treatments for, paediatric CFS."

The Times and the Sun are also featuring the story.