News | The ME Association - Part 205

I didn’t walk for five years

From ‘The Weekly News’, September 22 by Bill Gibb, Health Reporter  Vikki George tells how a battle against ME left her bedbound in a darkened room and only able to eat baby food.

Private Lives: The Guardian, September 13

I’m 24 and have had severe ME, which has put my life on hold for the past six years. I am better now, and able to study and work part-time, but I can’t seem to shake off the sense of bitterness that the chance to enjoy life was stolen from me at such a young […]

Get tough on sick notes, Government urged

From the ‘Daily Telegraph’, 17 September 2007 by Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent  The Government is being urged to launch a fresh crackdown on "sick-note Britain’ by ordering extra checks before doctors sign patients off work. 

British Medical Journal – Saturday 15 September

The ME Association’s online response in the British Medical Journal to the publication of the NICE guidance on the diagnosis and management of ME/CFS was the only letter selected for publication on the subject in this week’s print edition of the journal. The text appears below: 

Stomach virus ‘may trigger ME’

BBC Online today US researchers have produced compelling evidence linking chronic fatigue syndrome to a stomach virus. The researchers examined 165 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome – also known as M.E. (myalgic encephalitis) – and long-standing gut complaints.

Nasty processes produce nasty guidelines

The ME Community is not the only group having major problems with NICE guidance at the moment.   Excellent letter in the current issue of British Medical Journal: Read the letter here. Dr Charles Shepherd The ME Association

MEA Trustees meeting – 30 August

This is a brief summary of key issues that were discussed at The ME Association Board of Trustees meeting held in Buckingham on Thursday 30 August 2007 and at an informal meeting of trustees the night before.  

Join our Greener Phones Club

If you have an old mobile phone you no longer use, help The ME Association by placing it in a pre-paid envelope, fill in your details and pop it in the post.

Children out-reach worker plan for Dorset

Dorset ME Support Group, one of  the UK’s largest local groups, has been awarded a BCC Children in Need grant. The money will be spent on an outreach worker to provide support and advocacy for children and young people with ME.

The Times – August 10

By Tim Reid in Washington President Bush was treated for Lyme disease after he developed the characteristic “bull’s-eye” rash that marks the beginning of the tick-borne infection.

The Press, York – August 9

Sufferer issues test case threat By Haydn Lewis       A WOMAN suffering from ME is taking legal action which could see City of York Council’s entire care charging policy rendered illegal.

Cats, dogs and ME research

It has long been believed that “pets are good for us”, and indeed research now confirms that dogs, cats, and other animals can improve both our physical and mental health, helping to reduce stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression.


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