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

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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...

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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...

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It’s time to write to your General Election candidates | 26 March 2015

March 26, 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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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...

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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...

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Full-time carer wins award at ‘Nurse of the Year’ ceremony | 25 March 2015

March 25, 2015 A registered nurse, who has devoted his life for over 20 years to caring for his wife who is very severely ill with M.E, was awarded a runners-up place in...

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Closure of MESH Cornwall “with immediate effect” | 24 March 2015

March 24, 2015 MESH Cornwall, the group which has spoken up for people with ME/CFS in the South West corner of England since 1987, has closed “with immediate effect”. The chairman, Elaine Peller,...

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Rituximab discussion on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire | 22 March 2015

March 23, 2015 Two Norwegian scientists, Øystein Fluge and Olav Mella, who have been researching the effects of an anti-lymphoma drug called Rituximab on people with ME/CFS, talked about their work on the...

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts and related items | 20 March 2015

March 19, 2015 From Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health and Behavior, 6 February 2015. Improving academic success for students with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome Faith Newton Education Department, delaware State University, EH 235, 1200 N...

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ME/CFS – ‘The Old Guard Must Move On’ | The Countess of Mar at the Royal Society of Medicine | 19 March 2015

March 19, 2015 The Royal Society of Medicine held an afternoon meeting entitled ME/CFS: Frontiers in research, clinical practice and public perception at its impressive headquarters in London yesterday (Wednesday 18 March 2015)....

Activity and chronic fatigue syndrome | letter in Therapy Today | March 2015

March 17, 2015 From Therapy Today.net, March 2015. Letter by Joan Crawford. In the February 2015 edition of Therapy Today (News, p6) there is a short report on exercise and CFS. Uncritically your...

ME/CFS and exemption from NHS prescription charges – an update | 14 March 2015

March 14, 2015 This is a subject that we covered a few weeks ago and pointed out that, although ME/CFS is not an automatic condition that acts as a passport to free NHS...

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 13 March 2015

March 13, 2015 From Mediators of Inflammation, 26 February 2015 (Full text available). Research Article Cytokines in the Cerebrospinal Fluids of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis D. Peterson(1), E. W. Brenu(2), G....

‘So, what do you think of the show so far?’ – we’re asking ME Association members for their views | March 2015

March 7, 2015 The password to get into the survey form is in our Spring membership magazine.

TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 6 March 2015

March 6, 2015 From Science Advances, 27 February 2015. Click on the link to read the full text. Our website reflects some of the worldwide coverage of this item Research Article Distinct plasma...

‘The IoM’s effort to dislodge chronic fatigue syndrome’ | Professor Leonard Jason | 4 March 2015

March 5, 2015 From OUPBlogs, 4 March 2015. Text by Professor Leonard Jason. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released their report regarding a new name (i.e., systemic exertion intolerance disease) and case...

Read the Science Media Centre correspondence – our letters, their replies| 4 March 2015

March 4, 2015 Our chairman, Neil Riley, wrote to the SMC. They replied the following day.

Recruitment under way for eye research volunteers at Leicester | 3 March 2015

March 3, 2015 Volunteers are being recruited for a research project at Leicester University which may show a clear link between the eye problems that often affect people with ME/CFS and the underlying...

Volunteer participants wanted for PhD research into ME/CFS diagnosis | Sheffield University | 3 March 2015

March 3, 2015 Face-to-face interviews available in Sheffield, Suffolk and London. Also using phone by itself.

Royal Society of Medicine meeting for health professionals on ME/CFS | 18 March 2015

March 3, 2015 The Royal Society of Medicine is organising a meeting on ME/CFS for health professionals on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18. Programme details are here: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/events-listing/2014-2015/sections/open-section/onf02-mecfs-frontiers-in-research,-clinical-practice-and-public-perception.aspx The meeting is for...

‘It’s a real illness and a physical one’ | famous harpist talks to The Times | 3 March 2015

March 3, 2015 From ‘The Times’, 3 March 201%. Story by Liz Hoggard. Before her world came crashing down, Claire Jones was official harpist to the Prince of Wales. She performed in front...

A new name, and wider recognition, for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome | The New Yorker | 27 February 2015

March 1, 2015 Ellen Clayton introduced the report at the Institute of Medicine press conference last month.

Why our latest website poll is asking about a new name for the illness | 1 March 2015

March 1, 2015 The U.S. Institute of Medicine (IoM) published a report in February which made a number of recommendations regarding the name, clinical definition and diagnosis of ME/CFS. With regard to the...

Minutes of meeting of Forward ME Group | main speaker, Dr Alastair Miller | 20 January 2015

February 28, 2015 MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE FORWARD ME GROUP HELD IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS ON 20 JANUARY 2015 This meeting included a presentation from Dr Alastair Miller, representing the...

US scientists claim ‘robust evidence’ that ME/CFS is a biological illness | Columbia University press release | 27 February 2015

February 27, 2015 Click on the link to read the full paper: Distinct plasma immune signatures in ME/CFS are present early in the course of illness Researchers at the Center for Infection and...

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

February 27, 2015 From NMR in Biomedicine, 22 February 2015 (open access article). Evidence in chronic fatigue syndrome for severity-dependent upregulation of prefrontal myelination that is independent of anxiety and depression Leighton R....

Yoga project for people with ME/CFS receives Lottery grant | Sheffield Star | 25 February 2015

February 26, 2015 Participants enjoy a class with Sheffield Yoga for ME/CFS – the scene from a special event some years ago.

Work capability assessments: “One million disability checks planned” | BBC News | 24 February 2015

February 26, 2015 From the BBC News website, 24 February 2015. Story by Carolyn Atkinson, disability reporter, ‘You and Yours’ programme. A new company given the contract to assess disabled people for a...

In all this talk about the ‘Name Change Report’, here’s where we came in… | 20 February 2015

February 20, 2015 With reference to all the current discussion on the new IoM name (SEID) and the possible use of Ramsay’s Disease instead, a reminder about an important source of information from...