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Questions in Parliament: notifiable illness in schools and funding for biomedical research

Parliamentary questions about making ME/CFS a notifiable illness in schools and the level of Government funding for biomedical research into illness in the 2008-9 financial year were answered in the form of written replies yesterday (5 November 2009).

XMRV and blood donation – update following letter to the Chief Medical Officer

The ME Association wrote to Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, on Tuesday 27 October about XMRV research.  In particular, we raised the situation regarding people with ME/CFS and blood donation. Click here to read a copy of this letter.  An acknowledgement from the CMO has been received.

Wales health services – new ME/CFS ‘Task and Finish Group’ set up

Edwina Hart, Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales, has set up a "Task and Finish Group" to work on a new framework for NHS services for people with ME/CFS in Wales – to be run on NICE Guideline principles. Wales is notoriously short of effective specialist services for people with ME/CFS.

MEA statement on retrovirus XMRV and ME/CFS

RETROVIRUS XMRV and ME/CFS:  WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR?  AND WHAT DON’T WE KNOW? BACKGROUND   On Friday 9 October, the front page of the UK Independent newspaper carried a major news item under the heading, ‘Has science found the cause of ME?’  This referred to new research findings from America which indicate that a recently […]

Cross-party pressure for a new Northern Ireland ME/CFS service

The politics to secure a replacement ME/CFS service in Northern Ireland seem to be falling into place following the closure of the Windsor House clinic at Belfast City Hospital in July. But the shape of the future service is still far from clear.

MEA website – four million pages read and counting

Four million pages have been read at this website since we started counting on 7 May 2007. This morning we notched up this figure – while at the same time recording our 800,000th visitor. The ME Association website also continues to be the top-rated site at Google for information about M.E. and ME/CFS. Thursday’s announcement […]

Has science found the cause of ME?

Lead story in The Independent, 9 October 2009, by science editor Steve Connor Scientists say they have made a dramatic breakthrough in understanding the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome – a debilitating condition affecting 250,000 people in Britain which for decades has defied a rational medical explanation.

£200 winner in the MEA ‘Great Weather Lottery’

We had a £200 winner in our ‘Great Weather Lottery’ today. Congratulations to Mrs C Nicholson, who also collected one of the more common £2 prizes in the draw– which is held daily from Monday to Thursdays inclusive. There are chances on four days every week to win the top prize of £10,000. For details […]

Red sandstorms in Australia – part of cycle trip’s ‘rich tapestry’ for Eric

They’re holding a private disco in Aberdeen this weekend to help replenish the bank balance of Eric Smart, the 44-year-old cyclist who is riding from Aberdeen to Adelaide, Australia, in aid of The ME Association. At the moment, he’s in Coober Pedy, the Australian outback town which mines the world’s most valuable opals. The red […]


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