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M.E. in the media: Montoya and Hornig on research

April 04, 2016

Published online this morning, an interview with Profs Jose Monyota and Mady Hornig in the Guardian is attracting considerable interest. The article gives an overview of research into M.E., and the US scientists talk about their work, including the need to understand why some people are more susceptible to M.E. than others, a question yet to be answered. "With more financial resources being committed and institutes across the world concluding this is a disease which requires serious research and attention, I believe we will know the answer within the next five to 10 years," says Montoya.

Back in the UK, the Gloucestershire Echo reports that Milly Banks from Cheltenham is highlighting invisible illnesses through a photography exhibition in Painswick. Milly has lived with M.E. and fibromyalgia since the age of nine. “I want to encourage people to educate themselves about invisible illnesses,” says Milly. “I also want to show other people suffering that with positivity and support things can get better and you can still do so much and not to give up.”

There was also an article in the Cornish Guardian about student Alice Turner, who went from fit and healthy to housebound in just two weeks because of M.E./CFS. “On a day-to-day basis it's hard to make people understand what it's like,” says Alice. She feels there is a need “to educate others that illness and disability can take any form and image.”