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December 19, 2014 From BBC News, 19 December 2014. Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, MPs have said. The government’s Access to Work...

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‘Operation Meet The Street’ TV show highlights a young marriage blighted by M.E. | 18 December 2014

December 19, 2014 Kate (centre) and husband Chris – enjoying an afternoon break from her illness in Ammanford.

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 19 December 2014

December 19, 2014 From Cytokine, 13 December 2014 (published before print). Cytokine expression provides clues to the pathophysiology of Gulf War illness and myalgic encephalomyelitis Svetlana F. Khaiboullina(a,b), Kenny L. DeMeirleir(b), Shanti Rawat(b),...

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Dr Charles Shepherd responds to interview with Simon Wessely in ‘The Independent on Sunday’ | 16 December 2014

December 16, 2014 Dr Charles Shepherd, medical adviser to The ME Association, responds to article in The Independent on Sunday, 14 December 2014. Having worked in hospital psychiatry, I know that mental illness...

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DWP urged to publish inquiries on benefit claimant suicides | TheGuardian.com | 14 December 2014

December 16, 2014 David Clapson died in July after his benefits were cut.

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‘One day I was fine, the next I was hit by an overwhelming sense of fatigue’ | Lancashire Evening Post | 15 December 2014

December 16, 2014 From the Lancashire Evening Post, 15 December 2014, Words by Aasma Day. When people are suffering from a condition, they often feel other people don’t fully understand what hey are...

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First AGM of UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative will be livestreamed | 17 December 2014

December 15, 2014 People can watch the first AGM of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative this Wednesday afternoon (December 17) via a live stream at https://new.livestream.com/accounts/11203052/events/3629041 The meeting will be held between 2.45...

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Simon Wessely interview | The Independent on Sunday | 14 December 2014

December 15, 2014 From The Independent on Sunday, 14 December 2014. Interview by Jeremy Laurance. Simon Wessely: ‘If we treated people with diabetes the way we treat those with depression, there would be...

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Early notice | ‘Operation meets the street’ | BBC1, 9.15am, Thursday December 18

December 14, 2014 A week-long series starts on BBC1 next week ‘Operation Meet the Street’ in which celebrity chef James Martin meets other celebs in streets where they grew up, gets them to...

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Actress Gemma treads the board again after 10 years away | Lancashire Evening Post | 12 December 2014

December 14, 2014 From the Lancashire Evening Post, 12 December 2014. A classical singer and actress who was forced to give up her performing career due to illness has returned to the stage...

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 12 December 2014

December 12, 2014 From Current Psychiatry Reports, 15 April 2013. The neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological features of chronic fatigue syndrome: revisiting the enigma. Christley Y, Duffy T, Everall IP, Martin CR. School of Health,...

M.E. and exercise – when will they ever learn? | editorial in our winter 2014 ‘ME Essential’ magazine

December 11, 2014 Our chairman, Neil Riley, wrote this in the winter 2014 edition of our membership magazine.

Please support our Christmas Appeal for the UK ME/CFS Biobank – it stays open until 5pm on December 17

December 7, 2014 10am Sunday, December 7 – over £29,000 raised so far for some great science for people with ME/ CFS!

Gemma really does climb her mountain | Media City, Salford, 6.30 for 7.30pm on Wednesday, December 10

December 5, 2014 An acting career wrecked by M.E. will be revived in Salford this coming Wednesday.

Teenager’s eight-month wait for wheelchair | Leicester Mercury | 5 December 2014

December 5, 2014 From the Leicester Mercury, 5 December 2005. A 15-year-old girl with a debilitating condition says she has been desperately trying to get a wheelchair from the NHS for the past...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 5 December 2014

December 5, 2014 From Immunologic Research, 27 November 2014 2014 [Epub ahead of print]. Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia following immunization with the hepatitis B vaccine: another angle of the ‘autoimmune (auto-inflammatory) syndrome...

’16,000 samples from 350 participants so far’ – upbeat statement from the UK ME/CFS Biobank | 4 December 2014

December 4, 2014 Big achievements, great plans for the future - and our Christmas Appeal launches on December 4.

‘The debilitating truth about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ | International Business Times | 3 December 2014

December 3, 2014 From International Business Times, a feature written by Lydia Smith for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014. In Britain alone, a quarter of a million people are...

Parliamentary Question | why don’t we record the number of diagnoses? | 27 November 2014

November 28, 2014 The Countess of Mar tabled a question that asked the Government why they do not record the numbers of people who are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, given that...

We report on the fifth and final Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment | 28 November 2014

November 28, 2014 Dr Charles Shepherd reports on a meeting at the DWP on Thursday November 27 at which Dr Paul Litchfield gave a presentation on the fifth and final independent review of...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 28 November 2014

November 28, 2014 Main item - longitudinal follow-up of employment status in patients with CFS after mononucleosis

Parliamentary Question | which organisations are bound by the WHO International Classification of Diseases? | 26 November 2014

November 26, 2014 The Countess of Mar, the cross-bencher in the Lords who chairs the Forward ME Group of ME charities and organisations, tabled a question that asked the Government which organisations within...

Parliamentary Questions | ME research – Government still don’t get the urgency | 24 November 2014

November 25, 2014 Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP gives dismal, deadpan answer.

‘Improve awareness of Myalgic Encephalopathy illness’ | Soapbox column, Sussex Argus | 21 November 2014

November 25, 2014 From the Sussex Argus, 21 November 2014. ‘Soapbox’ column, words by Colin Barton, chairman of The Sussex ME Society www.measussex.org.uk I have been involved in the medical field of Myalgic...

Universal Credit: New benefit rolled out to families | BBC News | 25 November 2014

November 25, 2014 Parents in parts of north-west England can claim this benefit for the first time.

Brains of People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Offer Clues About Disorder| New York Times blog | 24 November 2014

November 25, 2014 Michael Zeineh compared the brains of 15 people who have CFS with those in 14 healthy subjects.

New Staffordshire group goes from strength to strength | Leek Post and Times | 22 November 2014

November 24, 2014 They meet once a month at Meerbrook Village Hall, near Leek.

‘Voices from the Shadows’ available for free viewing – but with an X-rated advisory notice | 21 November 2014

November 21, 2014 The hour-long film Voices from the Shadows is now available to watch for free until the end of the year – on Vimeo – by entering a promo code of...

Wait times to be halved for latest NHS drugs | The Times | 21 November 2014

November 21, 2014 From The Times, 21 November 2104. Story by health correspondent Chris Smyth. Waiting times for cutting-edge drugs will be cut in half under government plans to rip up a “broken”...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 21 November 2014

November 21, 2014 Fewer free radicals found in people with CFS after treatment with French Oak Wood supplement. Plus effects of gut biome on brain activity,

Forward ME Group | Minutes of meeting held on 21 October 2014

November 19, 2014 These Minutes will also be posted shortly on the website of the Forward ME Group. Minutes of the Meeting held in the Television Interview Room House of Lords Tuesday 21...