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Concern over sick notes overhaul

From ‘Pulse’ the weekly newsletter for GPs Further moves towards relieving GPs of duties for writing sick notes have sparked controversy, after a GPC negotiator said he feared the issue…

Budget boost for Medical Research Council

From The Times, 10 October 2007 Government funding of medical research will rise by a record amount over the next three years as part of efforts to turn basic discoveries…

Chocolate and ME in ‘Pulse’ medical magazine

Eating a daily dose of dark chocolate can help ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, report the Daily Mail and BBC News online.

Recognition in Catalonia

From Clara Valverde The Promoting Commission (the patient leaders who do the organizing) of the Catalan CFS-FMS Popular Legislative Initiative (CFS-FMS PLI)has received the Alternativa Award last September 29, 2007…

Critical appraisal of chronic Lyme Disease

The New England Journal of Medicine (4 October 2007) has just published:   ‘A critical appraisal of "Chronic Lyme Disease"  

New ME/CFS group in Northamptonshire

A new ME/CFS group is to be set up in Crick, Northamptonshire – at the home of Mrs Patricia Lake, who is the wife of the vicar the Rev David…

Grants for powered wheelchairs?

This is an anonymised version of an inquiry we have just received at The ME Association. if anybody can help by pointing us towards the right organisation, please email us.

New chief executive for the Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council has announced that Sir Leszec Borysiewicz will be replacing Professor Colin Blakemore as Chief Executive.

Dark chocolate – new treatment for ME/CFS?

The UK media are today reporting that eating dark chocolate, which has a high cocoa content, may be an effective treatment for ME/CFS.

Chocolate ‘aids fatigue syndrome’

BBC Online A daily dose of dark chocolate may help reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, say UK researchers.

Disability Now appoints first disabled editor

From Third Sector magazine Disability Now, the magazine published by Scope, has appointed its first disabled editor. Ian Macrae has been recruited from the BBC, where he was executive producer…

MEA looks for more trustees

We are looking for new trustees to join the board of The ME Association – in preparation for our AGM and trustee elections which will be held next year .

A score to settle – Reading Chronicle

From the Reading Chronicle, September 13 A singer-songwriter whose music has helped her cope with ME is celebrating success in a national competition. Sam Shearsmith, of west Reading, finished in…

Call for Queen’s Award nominations

From Third Sector magazine, September 20  The Office of the Third Sector is urging voluntary groups to send nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2008.

I didn’t walk for five years

From ‘The Weekly News’, September 22 by Bill Gibb, Health Reporter  Vikki George tells how a battle against ME left her bedbound in a darkened room and only able to…

Private Lives: The Guardian, September 13

I’m 24 and have had severe ME, which has put my life on hold for the past six years. I am better now, and able to study and work part-time,…

Get tough on sick notes, Government urged

From the ‘Daily Telegraph’, 17 September 2007 by Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent  The Government is being urged to launch a fresh crackdown on "sick-note Britain’ by ordering extra checks before…

MEA annual Medical Meeting – September 15

The ME Association response to the NICE guideline was published in the paper edition of the BMJ on Saturday 15 September.

British Medical Journal – Saturday 15 September

The ME Association’s online response in the British Medical Journal to the publication of the NICE guidance on the diagnosis and management of ME/CFS was the only letter selected for…

ME in children – The Times, September 14

A child health expert at Great Ormond Street Hospital talk about chronic fatigue syndrome, probably the most common medical reason for absence from school.

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