PACE Trial follow-up report | how the media have been covering the story | 28 October 2015


The Daily Telegraph put it on their front page and gave it this headline: “Exercise and positivity ‘can overcome ME’.”

The Daily Mail quoted Professor Michael Sharpe extensively but gave the MEA this shout:

ME can be beaten by taking more exercise and positive thinking, landmark study claims:

* Findings by team led by Oxford psychiatrist Professor Michael Sharpe
* They suggest counselling is best way to treat chronic fatigue syndrome
* Debate over whether ME is psychiatric condition or physiological disease
* ME Association has dismissed Professor Sharpe’s claims as ‘bunkum’

Jon Cohen attempted something altogether more balanced in Science magazine:

Straight codswallop from the London Evening Standard:

The Guardian focused on The ME Association’s “fierce rebuttal’ of the claims – read Jessica Elgot’s story here:

The NHS Choices website has analysed the news coverage HERE.

The Irish Independent 28 October 2015

Irish Independent, 29 October 2015 (features interview with Tom Kindlon, vice-chairman, The Irish ME Association).

Tech Times

Yahoo News UK

Boots Web MD

There have also be been interviews and discussions on the ‘Today’ programme (BBC R4),
The Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC 2 (discussion starts 1 hour 38 minutes in),
BBC Radio 5Live (discussion starts at 2hrs 38 minutes) ‘The Wright Stuff’ (Channel 5),
BBC Radio Norfolk (includes interview with Dr Charles Shepherd, discussion starts 1hr 30mins)
and the Jeremy Vine show (BBC R2).
We will put up the missing links as we find them.