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Trial By Error: How To Avoid Ethical Review

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  By David Tuller, DrPH I have written many posts about BMJ Open’s 2011 school absence study, which reported that school absence records could be useful in identifying children with chronic fatigue syndrome. However, for reasons not yet adequately explained, the investigators exempted the study from ethical review on the grounds that it qualified as “service […]

Trial By Error: An Australian Exchange With Professor Sharpe

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  By David Tuller, DrPH. Below is an exchange between members of the Australian ME/CFS community and Professor Michael Sharpe. The open letter from patients and advocates was prompted by a tweet this week from Professor Sharpe that many considered offensive. He has since deleted it. This post includes the initial tweet as well as […]

Trial By Error: Yet Another Letter About The Lightning Process Study

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   This morning I sent the following letter to Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of The BMJ and editorial director of BMJ. I cc-d Carol Monaghan MP, Darren Jones MP, and Nicky Morgan MP. ********** Dear Dr. Godlee— More than a dozen years ago, a group of leading medical journals agreed that […]

Forty-One International Scientists Have Signed A Declaration Supporting Cochrane’s Decision To Withdraw Its Controversial Review Of Exercise Therapy In ME/CFS

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  From Not The Science Bit.   And I’m one of them. This is important not least because of claims appearing over the weekend that Cochrane pulled its controversial review due to pressure from brain-addled trouble-making “patient activitists,” rather than for scientific reasons. Claims that Cochrane had been harassed were made not by Cochrane themselves, but, […]

Trial By Error: More On The CDC; Reader’s Digest; And BBC’s Newsbeat

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    By David Tuller, DrPH.   It’s been almost a year since the CDC removed its recommendations for GET and CBT as treatments for ME/CFS (or CFS, or ME, or CFS/ME, or even SEID or whatever else one calls this illness or cluster of illnesses). When questioned about the decision, the agency explained that people had […]

Trial By Error: Yet Another Go-Round With BMJ Open

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   In response to our last letter to BMJ Open about its ethically challenged school absence study, the journal’s editor, Dr. Trish Groves, once again invited us to submit a letter for publication. We have declined. To recap: In 2011, BMJ Open published a research study that exempted itself from ethical review on the […]

Rethinking The Treatment Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – A Reanalysis And Evaluation Of Findings From A Recent Major Trial Of Graded Exercise And CBT

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    By Carolyn E. Wilshire, Tom Kindlon, Robert Courtney, Alem Matthees, David Tuller,Keith Geraghty and Bruce Levin in BMC Psychology.   Abstract Background The PACE trial was a well-powered randomised trial designed to examine the efficacy of graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for chronic fatigue syndrome. Reports concluded that both treatments were moderately effective, each leading to recovery in over a fifth of patients. […]

Rethinking The Treatment Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—A Reanalysis And Evaluation Of Findings From A Recent Major Trial Of Graded Exercise And CBT

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    By Carolyn Wilshire et al in ResearchGate.   Abstract BACKGROUND: The PACE trial was a well-powered randomised trial designed to examine the efficacy of graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for chronic fatigue syndrome. Reports concluded that both treatments were moderately effective, each leading to recovery in over a fifth of patients. […]

Trial By Error: My Six-Month Review

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   This month is the start of the second half of my one-year crowdfunding commitment to keep reporting on ME/CFS, so I figured I should review what I’ve done so far, what I still hope to do, and what changes have taken place during the last six months. So, here […]

David Tuller And The (S)PACE Cake Eaters

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    By Anil van der Zee.   In 2015 David Tuller, DrPH, a Senior Fellow in Public Health in Journalism at the Center of Global Public Health, School of Public Health at Berkeley University started writing 3 very detailed blogs about the flaws of the now infamous PACE-trial. The patient community has been advocating for years, if […]

Trial By Error: Bristol’s Complaint To Berkeley

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By David Tuller, DrPH.   As it turns out, the University of Bristol did complain about me to Berkeley. I found out recently that there has indeed been “private and confidential communication” at a “senior level,” as Sue Paterson, Bristol’s director of legal services, suggested in her thuggish letter to me last month. I haven’t seen this […]

Trial By Error: My Questions For The Science Media Centre

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   On September 20, 2017, a BMJ Publishing Group journal, Archives of Disease in Childhood published the SMILE trial. This trial investigated an intervention called the Lightning Process as a treatment for kids with CFS/ME (as the study called the disease). The lead investigator was Professor Esther Crawley, the University of Bristol pediatrician and a well-known […]

Trial By Error: The Crawley Chronicles, Continued….

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Update: About 20 minutes after posting this blog, I received the following communication from Ms. Paterson: Dear Dr Tuller Thank you for your email of 22 November. If by a ‘cease and desist’ letter you mean a letter threatening legal action if the recipient does not stop a specified […]

Trial By Error: My Brief Encounter With Professor Crawley

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   At noon last Friday, at the University of Exeter’s Mood Disorders Centre, Professor Esther Crawley gave a talk called “What is new in paediatric CFS/ME research.” When I saw a notice about the event the day before, I felt it might be my one chance to ask her directly […]

Trial By Error: Current NICE Guidance Stands, For Now

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  By David Tuller, DrPH   Last week I sent an e-mail with some questions to Sir Andrew Dillon, the chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). In particular, the questions involved the status of the ten-year-old guidance for CFS/ME, CG53, and of references to the illness elsewhere within the NICE system. A […]

Trial By Error: Another Letter to NICE’s Sir Andrew Dillon

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  By David Tuller.   First, for those who might have missed it, here’s a conversation from This Week in Virology (TWiV), posted a few days ago. Dr. Racaniello and I discuss the CDC, NICE, Esther Crawley’s ethically challenged behavior, the CMRC, and other stuff. Second, earlier today, I sent the following e-mail to Sir Andrew Dillon, […]

Trial By Error: NIH Grants $2.1 Million To UK Biobank !

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  By David Tuller, DrPH   The National Institutes of Health is making a $2.1 million grant to the UK ME/CFS Biobank–a huge endorsement of this important project run by CureME and housed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Here’s what the ME Association wrote on its website: “The funding represents the biggest ever single […]

Trial By Error: NICE Rejects Current Guidance, Plans “Full Update”

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Let’s give credit where it’s due. Apparently someone with decision-making authority at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has a grasp on reality and is willing to challenge the claims of the biopsychosocial ideological brigades. That’s the only logical explanation for last Wednesday’s welcome but unexpected announcement that […]

Trial By Error: My E-Mail Exchange With NICE Chief Executive

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   On Friday, I had an e-mail exchange with Sir Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the NICE Guidance Executive. The other seven Guidance Executive members are various directors within the NICE hierarchy, including the communications director. This group will make the final decision about whether to accept the provisional decision of a […]

CDC Removes Reference To Disputed ME/CFS Therapies From Website

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  By David Tuller in Undark.   The agency has long recommended two controversial treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome. Earlier this month, it quietly made some changes.   For years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended two controversial treatments for ME/CFS, the illness often known as chronic fatigue syndrome: a program of […]

Getting It Wrong On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By Julie Rehmeyer and David Tuller in The New York Times.   What are some of the treatment regimens that sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome should follow? Many major medical organizations cite two: psychotherapy and a steady increase in exercise. There’s just one problem. The main study that has been cited as proof that […]

Trial By Error, Continued: A Follow-Up Post On FITNET-NHS

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  By David Tuller, DrPH in Virology Blog.   David Tuller is academic coordinator of the concurrent masters degree program in public health and journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Last week’s post on FITNET-NHS and Esther Crawley stirred up a lot of interest. I guess people get upset when researchers cite shoddy “evidence” […]

The PACE Trials: A £6 Million Failure

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  From the Slightly Alive Blog by Mary Schweitzer.   There is nothing complicated about the PACE trials – or at least, there should not have been. Patients were selected to participate in a trial of cognitive behaviour therapy targeted to their “inappropriate illness beliefs” and a course of “graded exercise therapy” to get them back […]

Flat Earth And PACE – Both On The Wrong Side Of Science

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  By Ella Peregrine in NICE Guidelines Blogspot.   Recently, David Tuller, James Coyne, Vincent Racaniello, and some other non-invested scientists and writers have been looking more carefully into the claims and relative lack of transparency of the UK’s expensive and influential PACE trial. Those interested in the question of data sharing in research have been […]

Trial By Error, Continued: Questions For Dr. White And His PACE Colleagues

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  From a Blog by Erica Verrillo in Onward Through the Fog. David Tuller has been relentless in his pursuit of the truth. He has doggedly, insistently, and ceaselessly sought answers from PACE authors about the validity of their results, and about their research methods. The authors of the PACE trial have turned down his […]

PACE Trial’s ‘Sister’ Study Overlooked

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  Sasha Nimmo reports on David Tuller’s blog in #MEAction.   In his Virology blog post, David Tuller examines results of ‘sister’ to the PACE trial In 2003, when the United Kingdom (UK) Medical Research Council announced the PACE trial, they also announced the Fatigue Intervention by Nurses Evaluation (FINE) trial. Why haven’t we heard […]

Trial By Error: The Troubling Case of the PACE Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study

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  By David Tuller, DrPH David Tuller is academic coordinator of the concurrent masters degree program in public health and journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. A few years ago, Dr. Racaniello let me hijack this space for a long piece about the CDC’s persistent incompetence in its efforts to address the devastating illness […]

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