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July 26, 2016 Tom Hunt hopes to get into the record books – AND to raise funds for The ME Association this autumn. He aims to become the youngest person to run between...

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Channel 4 apprenticeships – anyone interested? | 25 July 2016

July 25, 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

July 22, 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

July 22, 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

July 21, 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

July 20, 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

July 20, 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

July 20, 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

July 19, 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

July 19, 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

July 15, 2016 This week - MAGENTA trial protocol, mito discussion, spectroscopy study, HBO therapy in fibromyalgia.

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

July 13, 2016 Further clarification sought by The Countess of Mar, chair of the Forward ME Group

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

July 12, 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...

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

July 12, 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...

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

July 12, 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...

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

July 7, 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...

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

July 6, 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...

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

July 5, 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...

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

July 3, 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...

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

July 1, 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...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 1 July 2016

July 1, 2016 This week – gut studies move up the agenda and Julia Newton's group look at cardiac volumes

Nausea and sickness in ME/CFS – two non-drug options that are worth considering | 29 June 2016

June 29, 2016 New guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists adds further weight to the fact that two non-drug options – ginger and acupressure bands – can be helpful in...

The ‘all in the mind’ myth of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome | Nursing in Practice | 27 June 2016

June 28, 2016 From Nursing in Practice | 27 June 2016 | Article written by Dr Keith Geraghty The ‘all in the mind’ myth of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome Health professionals should be...

Cancellation of our Question Time in Durham later this year | 27 June 2016

June 27, 2016 Following discussion with ME North East, who were going to host this year’s MEA Question TIme meeting in Durham on Saturday September 17, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the...

Indicator of chronic fatigue syndrome found in gut bacteria | Cornell Chronicle | 24 June 2016

June 25, 2016 From The Cornell Chronicle (Cornell University website) | 24 June 2016 | story by Krishna Ramanujan. Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 24 June 2016

June 24, 2016 This week - how much do physios know about hyper mobility syndrome? & the value of online forums to people with chronic conditions.

‘I regret that work came before family, says Caroline Wyatt’ | The Times | 21 June 2016

June 22, 2016 From The Times, 21 June 2016. Story by Kaya Burgess. The BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt says that having multiple sclerosis diagnosed has made her regret putting her career before family....

IiME conference – another important day for sharing ideas on research | 20 June 2016

June 20, 2016 Dr Charles Shepherd reports on the 2016 Invest in ME conference, which was held in London on Friday June 3. The 11th annual conference saw a change in venue to...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 17 June 2016

June 17, 2016 From the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, published online 10 June 2016. Complementary and alternative healthcare use by participants in the PACE trial of treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome G. Lewith,...

Parliamentary Question | difficulties in obtaining evidence of incapacity when people with M.E. claim PIP | 16 June 2016

June 16, 2016 The Countess of Mar, chairperson of the Forward ME Group of M.E. charities, tabled the following written question: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what form of evidence of incapacity is...