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Channel 4 apprenticeships – anyone interested? | 25 July 2016

Creative Pioneers London is pleased to be working with C4 on this new apprenticeship project. Channel 4 are recruiting 12 new apprentices. Successful candidates will gain a 12-months paid contract…

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ME Association to make six annual medical student awards this year | 22 July 2016

The ME Association is keen to encourage medical students to develop a clinical or research interest in ME/CFS at an early stage in their careers. Over the years we have…

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TGI Friday! | Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 22 July 2016

This week – six studies or reviews and they’re a real mixed bag!

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MEA comment on new public health advice about Vitamin D supplements | 21 July 2016

The BBC and other media outlets are reporting new official guidance issued by Public Health England today urging everyone to take a vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter…

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On Manx Radio tomorrow (Thursday) – a long discussion about M.E. | 20 July 2016

There will be a lengthy discussion about M.E. on Manx Radio tomorrow (Thursday, July 21) – in the Women Today programme between 2 and 3pm. Our thanks to Celia Marshall,…

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‘Investigating unexplained fatigue in general practice with a particular focus on CFS/ME’ | review paper by Dr Amolak Bansal | 20 July 2016

From BMC Family Practice (open access), 19 July 2016. Investigating unexplained fatigue in general practice with a particular focus on CFS/ME Amolak S Bansal Department of Immunology and Allergy, St….

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If you are claiming Personal Independence Payment, the DWP now has a website checker to help you | 20 July 2016

We are currently dealing with a lot of queries and news items about the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), including the difficulties people are facing when transferring from DLA to PIP….

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Neuromuscular Strain Increases Symptom Intensity in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome | John Hopkins study | 18 July 2016

From PLoS One (open access), 18 July 2016. Neuromuscular Strain Increases Symptom Intensity in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Peter C. Rowe(1), Kevin R. Fontaine(2), Megan Lauver(1), Samantha E. Jasion(1), Colleen L….

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Fresh evidence points to a cause and possible treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome | The Pharmaceutical Journal | 15 July 2016

From The Pharmaceutical Journal, published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 15 July 2016. Feature written by Janna Lawrence, on Twitter as @JannaNadine. Chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalitis, has been…

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

This week – MAGENTA trial protocol, mito discussion, spectroscopy study, HBO therapy in fibromyalgia.

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Parliamentary Question | home assessments for people with ME/CFS | 13 July 2016

Further clarification sought by The Countess of Mar, chair of the Forward ME Group

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Forward ME group | Minutes of meeting held on 24 May 2016

The Countess of Mar’s Forward ME Group have today published the Minutes of their last meeting – which was held in the Television Interview Room at the House of Lords…

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MEA place to go for details of NHS specialist services, says Government minister | 12 July 2016

The ME Association website has been named in Parliament as the place to go for information about NHS specialist services in the UK for people with ME/CFS. The Minister for…

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Two Newcastle studies into muscle dysfunction and immune responses | read the lay summaries | 12 July 2016

Two Newcastle research studies – one of them part-funded by The ME Association – have concluded, having investigated immune responses and muscle dysfunction in people with M.E. IMMUNE RESPONSES OF PEOPLE…

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Cognitive-behavior therapy: why is it so vilified in the chronic fatigue syndrome community? | Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior | 7 July 2016

From Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 7 July 2016. EDITORIAL Cognitive-behavior therapy: why is it so vilified in the chronic fatigue syndrome community? Fred Freidberg Department of Psychiatry, Stony Brook…

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Bristol group publish protocol for study of Graded Exercise Therapy in children and young people with ME/CFS | 6 July 2016

From BMJ Open, 4 July 2016. Managed Activity Graded Exercise iN Teenagers and pre-Adolescents (MAGENTA) feasibility randomised controlled trial: study protocol Amberly Brigden(1), Lucy Beasant(1), William Hollingworth(1), Chris Metcalfe(2), Daisy…

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Local group ends its 11-year relationship with CFS unit at King’s College Hospital | 5 July 2016

Members of a London M.E. support group have voted overwhelmingly to end an 11-year relationship with senior staff at the King’s College Hospital CFS unit – after rejecting theories advanced…

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Gut bacteria spotted eating brain chemicals for the first time | New Scientist | 1 July 2016

From New Scientist | 1 July 2016 | Story by Andy Coghlan Bacteria have been discovered in our guts that depend on one of our brain chemicals for survival. These…

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MEA research assistant Sophie Loup discusses the latest major microbiome study | 1 July 2016

From Microbiome, 23 June 2016. Reduced diversity and altered composition of the gut microbiome in individuals with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome Ludovic Giloteaux, Julia K. Goodrich, William A. Walters, Susan…