News | The ME Association- Part 201

BBC Radio 4 and The Lightning Process

MAY BE REPOSTED   BBC Radio 4 is planning an item on the treatment of ME/CFS using the controversial Lightning Process.  This is for inclusion in an edition of ‘You and Yours’ – possibly on Monday next week (ie 30 July). 

New Health Minister for ME

We have just heard that Ann Keen MP, the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health, has been given the job of overseeing the Department’s work on ME.

New DPW medical guidance on ME/CFS (DWPv10)

On Monday 9 July the ME Association was sent the final version of new medical guidance on ME/CFS that has been prepared by the Department for Work and Pensions. This will shortly come into effect in relation to applications for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Carer’s Allowance.

Why is Teeside waiting?

ME North East’s campaign for an NHS service for 2,000 people with ME/CFS on Teeside has been taken up by Ashok Kumar, MP for Middlesborough South and East Cleveland.

Charity watchdog makes filing easier

The Charity Commission says trustees will find it quicker and easier to update their charity’s information, send accounts and file annual returns by using its revamped website, launched today.

Homage to Catalonia!

People campaigning for ME/CFS and fibromyalgia to be taken seriously by health authorities in the Spanish region of Catalonia – capital, Barcelona – announced another victory yesterday (July 9).

Gabapentin and autonomic dysfunction

Gabapentin is an interesting drug in that it was originally used in the treatment of epilepsy but it has also been found to be an effective and generally well tolerated drug for the management of pain, particularly where this has a neuropathic quality (ie burning, shooting or searing) but also for some types of musculoskeletal pain. In […]

E-petition to the Prime Minister

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to get the Health Service and medical profession to accept the WHO classification of ME/CFS as an organic neurological disorder and not as a psychosocial syndrome.

Volunteer award for Pauline Ovenden

Pauline Ovenden, honorary president of Herefordshire ME/CFS/FMS Group, has been awarded the Herefordshire Voluntary Action ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award in appreciation for her work for sufferers nationally and locally, and on a personal basis.

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