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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts (and related items) | 29 April 2016

From Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, published online 28 April 2016 (open access). Editorial The biological challenge of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: a solvable problem Jonathan C.W. Edwards(a), Simon McGrath(b),…


Awareness Week: they’re going ‘Blue for M.E.’ – can you join them? | 9-15 May 2016

A big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who is planning on doing their bit in ME Awareness Week next month.


GMC impose conditions on Dr Nigel Speight’s licence to practice | 23 April 2016

The ME Association’s paediatric medical adviser Dr Nigel Speight had conditions attached to his licence to practice by a panel of the General Medical Council on Wednesday (April 20). The…

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 22 April 2015

This week – independent suicide figures analysis, Leonard Jason group case notes.

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‘The Misleading Research at the Heart of Disability Cuts’ | Huffington Post blog | 20 April 2016

From The Blog at the Huffington Post, 20 April 2016 | By Dr Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform. In the wake of the resignation of Iain…

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The ME Association’s ‘Purple booklet’ | apologies for late delivery | 18 April 2016

We apologise for late delivery to all those who have pre-ordered the Eighth Edition of the Shepherd/Chaudhuri masterwork: ME/CFS/PVFS: An Exploration of the Key Clinical Issues. We had to make…


‘What I’m really thinking’: the person with ME | The Guardian, 16 April 2016

From The Guardian, 16 April 2016. Anonymous contribution. I have myalgic encephalomyelitis. If you think it is hard to say, try living with it every day. Yes, I understand that…


TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 15 April 2016

This week – a really mixed bag: drug review (ampligen), health services research, online forums.


‘If you think comfortable families don’t get sucked into poverty, think again’ | The Guardian | 14 April 2016

From The Guardian, 14 April 2016 (Words by Frances Ryan). It’s frightening how life can change. Over a decade ago, Thomas Hemingford, now 45, was on a comfortable wage as…

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‘Misleading medical research underpins disability cuts’ | Centre for Welfare Reform | 14 April 2016

The Centre for Welfare Reform press release | 14 April 2015. A new report from the Centre for Welfare Reform explains how a current scientific controversy relates to the debate…


DWP ‘punishing’ low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule | The Guardian | 14 April 2016

Helen Smith: ‘Because I was working I just didn’t understand why I was sanctioned.’


Our medical adviser on Dublin’s ‘Spin Talk’ show at 2.15pm today | 11 April 2016

A short interview about ME/CFS with ME Association medical adviser, Dr Charles Shepherd, will be broadcast on the Dublin-based music radio station this afternoon at about 2.15pm. Dr Shepherd has…

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Duloxetine (Cymbalta) for pain relief

Research shows this drug could be useful for pain relief.


‘I’m not employed – but please recognise that I am an academic ‘ | The Guardian | 8 April 2016

From The Guardian, 8 April 2016. Words by ‘Anonymous academic’. Last week I submitted a paper to a top journal in my field. I have another two in the pipeline,…


TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 8 April 2016

Diagram: Autonomic nervous system – what does it do?


Burrswood Hospital will ‘continue to take in-patient bookings until the end of 2016’ | 6 April 2016

Friends of the Burrswood Hospital near Tunbridge Wells in Kent have put out a statement this week saying that it is “business as usual” for its in-patient services – despite an…


Is chronic fatigue syndrome finally being taken seriously? | The Guardian | 4 April 2016

From The Guardian, 4 April 2016. Words by David Cox. Jose Montoya was a trainee doctor when his supervisor told him that if he continued specialising in treating chronic fatigue…