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April 28, 2015 Volunteers can be seen in either Norwich or London.

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Demands grow for inquiry and debate into sheep dip scandal | The Guardian | 27 April 2015

April 27, 2015 From The Guardian, 27 April 2015. Story by Tom Levitt. Cross-party support for inquiry and parliamentary debate after newly-published documents reveal government knew of health risk of mandatory chemical dip....

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‘Clearly, ME/CFS is not simply a state of chronic fatigue’ | multi-centre data analysis | 24 April 2015

April 26, 2015 From Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 24 April 2015 Findings from a clinical and laboratory database developed for discovery of pathogenic mechanisms in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome N.G. Klimas(a*), G....

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Local M.E. group set up in Grantham, Lincolnshire | Grantham Journal | 25 April 2015

April 25, 2015 Grantham: Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher lived here. Now Hannah Thompson sets up local group.

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Volunteering opportunities with our ME Connect helpline | 24 April 2015

April 24, 2015 We have a number of vacancies for telephone volunteers with our long-established ME Connect Helpline. If you would like to find out more, please email: meconnect@meassociation.org.uk for full details. The...

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We’ve lined up a full team of runners for the BUPA London 10k event on May 25

April 24, 2015 We now have a full team of 14 runners for the BUPA London 10k and wish them all well when they take part in the race on Bank Holiday Monday,...

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 24 April 2015

April 24, 2015 Seven studies from round the world – with full texts available for some of them.

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Healthwatch Trafford launch major survey of ME/CFS services in their area | 21 April 2015

April 21, 2015 Congratulations to Salford and Central Manchester ME Support Group and in particular to their secretary, Karen Morris, who have persuaded their local Healthwatch to run a qualitative online survey about...

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Revealed: government knew of sheep dip risk but failed to act | The Guardian | 20 April 2015

April 21, 2015 Officials privately warned of the dangers of exposure to a sheep dip approved by government in the 80s and 90s.

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Can you write about ME/CFS to your General Election candidates? | 20 April 2015

April 20, 2015 The General Election takes place on May 7, and we know that people may want to contact their local parliamentary candidates to inform them about issues of key national concern...

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ITV show gets it wrong on life prospects for M.E. sufferers | 17 April 2015

April 17, 2015 LETTER SENT TODAY TO ITV’S ‘THIS MORNING’ SHOW The ME Association has received a number of complaints today about an item on ‘This Morning’ in which one of your contributors...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 17 April 2015

April 17, 2015 From the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. E-published 18 March 2015. A randomised controlled trial comparing duloxetine and acetyl L-carnitine in fibromyalgic patients: preliminary data Leombruni P(1), Miniotti M(1),...

Let’s put a ‘bark-out’ for six times round-the-world traveller, Foggy the ME Dog | 16 April 2015

April 16, 2015 Foggy the ME Dog at the Rialto Bridge in Venice – where he spent Easter raising money for M.E. research.

An extreme haircut for university professor who has M.E. on her mind | 15 April 2015

April 15, 2015 A former university professor, who has M.E. and loves running colours through her hair, is about to undergo an extreme haircut to promote awareness of the illness. Christine Dancey, a...

Former military nurse suffering from ME raises more than £7,000 for research | St Albans and Harpenden Review | 8 April 2015

April 13, 2015 From the St Albans and Harpenden Review, 13 April 2015. A former military nurse suffering from ME is having her head shaved to raise £10,000 for research into the illness....

More than 90% of GPs think 10-minute consultations are inadequate | Pulse | 10 April 2015

April 10, 2015 Nine out of ten GPs think the ten-minute consultation standard is inadequate for patient care, the BMA’s biggest ever survey of the profession has found. The BMA’s survey of nearly...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 10 April 2015

April 10, 2015 From Pain, April 2015. Evidence for sensitized fatigue pathways in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome Staud, Roland; Mokthech, Meriem; Price, Donald D.; Robinson, Michael E. Departments of (a) Medicine, (b)Oral...

TGI Good Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 3 April 2015

April 3, 2015 Abstracts from eight studies this week – including MEA-funded mito/cytokine research in Liverpool.

Mitochondrial dysfunction and the role of cytokines in ME/CFS: Preliminary results from research being funded by The MEA Ramsay Research Fund and the Medical Research Council | 2 April 2015

April 2, 2015 From The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, April 2015. The Role of Cytokines in Muscle Fatigue in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)....

New Care Act comes into force today, and we have a leaflet to explain how it might affect people with ME/CFS | 1 April 2015

April 1, 2015 The way Social Services support reaches people with ME/CFS could change from today (April 1) – when the provisions of the Care Act 2014 came into force. Cathy Stillman-Lowe, our...

NICE are looking for a patient or carer to help develop a quality standard for IBS | 31 March 2015

March 31, 2015 NICE is looking for a lay person to join a committee that is developing a new quality standard on IBS. More information below if anyone with IBS or a carer...

MP Nicola Blackwood: diagnosed with ME at age 15, now has new diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos | Oxford Mail | 31 March 2015

March 31, 2015 From the Oxford Mail, 31 March 2015. Story by group news editor Keeley Rodgers. MP NICOLA Blackwood has revealed she has been battling with a genetic condition for years but...

‘Scientists find clues into cognitive dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome’ | Medical Xpress | 31 March 2015

March 31, 2015 Mady Hornig, MD, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Invest in ME announce full list of speakers for their 29 May conference

March 31, 2015 Invest in ME have announced the full list of speakers for their annual research conference to be held at 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster – home of the Institute of Mechanical...

Elementary, my dear Home Office… your classification is wrong! | 30 March 2015

March 30, 2015 One of our members has just drawn our attention to a Home Office circular which tells Chief Police Officers that, when assessing recruits for the service, they should regard Chronic...

‘This Week in Virology’ | ‘such a good conversation about ME/CFS’ | 29 March 2015

March 29, 2015 From Jennie Spotila’s Occupy CFS blog, 29 March 2015. You may remember This Week in Virology (TWiV) from their XMRV coverage several years ago. I’ve remained an avid listener of...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 27 March 2015

March 27, 2015 This week, just one study – a probiotic's effect on inflammation within the gut.

Early bird bookings open for the two-day Research Collaborative conference | Newcastle, 13-14 October 2015

March 26, 2015 As from today, researchers and students with an interest in M.E. can now register to take part in the annual UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative conference which this year will be...

Parliamentary Question | Numbers of people, by age-groups, suffering from CFS | 25 March 2015

March 26, 2015 Jim Shannon, Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford, tabled a written question that asked the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in...

Medicinal cannabis – Netflix producer speaks out | Kent Online | 24 March 2015

March 26, 2015 From Kent Online, 24 March 2015 (by Sittingbourne reporter). Sittingbourne-based Netflix documentary producer Jason Reed speaks out “I was the school ghost, the boy that was never there. I guess...

ME Association reaction to The Lancet editorial on the Institute of Medicine Report and the PACE Trial | 25 March 2015

March 25, 2015 On 10 February 2015, The Lancet published an editorial covering the Institute of Medicine report into ME/CFS, their proposal to introduce a new name for both CFS and ME: systemic...