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Post-Covid Research & Clinical Care Must Include ME/CFS

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  From #MEAction.   People with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) have been concerned since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that a subset of COVID-19 patients will go on to develop ME/CFS. Unfortunately, we are already hearing from many COVID-19 survivors around the world that they are continuing to experience debilitating symptoms for many months, even […]

Coronavirus: Peer Calls For An End To Use Of ‘Vulnerable’ To Describe Disabled People

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A leading disabled campaigner and crossbench peer has called for an end to the use of the word “vulnerable” to describe disabled people. Baroness [Jane] Campbell said the term had been used repeatedly to describe disabled people during the “worst times” of the pandemic crisis. But she […]

As Lockdown Eases, Those Of Us With Chronic Illnesses Must Not Be Left Behind’

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  By Helen Wilson-Beevers in The Independent. When Boris announced that pubs, cinemas, hair salons and hotels will reopen from the 4th July, there came collective chatter about reclaimed freedom. There is a palpable feeling holidays and nights out are once again within reach; a new normal is just around the corner. In England, too, shielding for […]

Coronavirus: Government’s Failure To Offer Video PIP Appeals ‘Is Discrimination’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government’s continuing failure to allow benefit appeals to be heard via video conferencing is discriminating against disabled claimants, say welfare rights experts. Many disabled people are being forced to ask for their tribunals to be postponed, because they are only being offered a telephone hearing, […]

Covid-19 At 14 Weeks—Phantom Speed Cameras, Unknown Limits, And Harsh Penalties

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  By Paul Garner in BMJ Opinion.   “If my husband had said he was still sick with covid-19 after a month, I’d say he was milking it.” Straight talking from a Liverpudlian woman on one of my WhatsApp groups in April when I had been ill for a month; what would she say to […]

Nine Dog Breeds At Higher Risk Of Heatstroke – And What You Can Do To Prevent It

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By Emily J Hall, Anne Carter and Dan O’Neill in The Conversation. As temperatures begin to warm up, it might be tempting to take your dog for a long walk or run to soak up the weather while it lasts. But it’s important to exercise caution, as dogs can easily develop heatstroke in hot temperatures. […]

Coronavirus: Disabled People Have Been Excluded And Marginalised, Says Report

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people have faced discrimination in every area of their lives from the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, new research by a user-led organisation has found. The research by Inclusion London reveals that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting disabled people across every part of their lives. Disability News […]

Healthier Food Can Contain More Contaminants – But There’s A Simple Way To Stay Safe

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  By Ruth Fairchild in The Conversation.   A recent study found that brown and organic rice sold in the UK tends to contain significantly more arsenic than white inorganic varieties that are often considered less healthy. Arsenic is found in many foods but can be especially concentrated in rice, particularly in the husk, which is removed to […]

Have You Been A Victim Of Medical Gaslighting ?

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  From A Journey Through The Fog.   Trigger warning; the examples of medical gaslighting highlighted in this post may be distressing to some. There is growing awareness around the prevalence of medical gaslighting, especially amongst female patients. Last week tens of thousands of people took to Twitter to share their horror stories of neglect […]

Disabled People Forced To Fight For Right To Live Ordinary Lives, MPs Hear

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people are being forced to fight for their right to live ordinary lives because of the flawed and under-resourced social care system, MPs have been told by a disabled campaigner. Anna Severwright told members of the Commons health and social care committee on Tuesday that she and […]

Trial By Error: A King’s College London Press Release Hides The Bad News

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  By David Tuller, DrPH In teaching courses on covering public health and medical issues, I have often highlighted how university press releases about studies can read like efforts at obfuscating problematic findings rather than providing an accurate account of research. A recent press release from King’s College London, about a high-profile study published by Lancet […]

The (Welsh) Health Minister Comments On Covid-19, ME, Rehabilitation & NICE

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From The Welsh Association of ME & CFS Support (WAMES).   The Health Minister Vaughan Gething has replied to the letter WAMES sent to him on International ME Awareness Day highlighting the links between Covid-19, PVFS and ME, and requesting a combined strategy for care.  We note that the forthcoming guidance on rehabilitation “will not be condition specific” so […]

A Letter To Jeremy Hunt

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  ……and How Millions of ‘MUS’ Patients Lose Out in the NHS. By Goodelf (Part 2 in the ‘Untangling the MUS Web’ series of articles) In my first online post, “Untangling the MUS Web” – https://opposingmega.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/untangling-the-mus-web/ , I revealed how doctors, healthcare commissioners and other healthcare workers have been misled regarding the risks of adopting the current […]

Airport Faces Legal Action Over Wheelchair-User Twice Left ‘Distressed And Humiliated’

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A wheelchair-user has launched a legal action against Manchester Airport after he was twice left feeling “distressed and humiliated” by how he was treated on journeys to and from a family holiday. Quamer Khaliq, from Ashton-under-Lyne, had to threaten to call the fire brigade after he was […]

Post Viral Fatigue In Covid-19

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  From Frontline. As we enter the next phase of pandemic response, physiotherapy services are looking to support people recovering from Covid-19. One of the most prevalent problems is fatigue. Fatigue following a viral infection is common, but for some people the symptoms may persist for months and impact on their quality of life. We […]

Bacteriophage Lyme Test Offers ME/CFS Patient New Possibility

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  By Dominic Stanculescu in Health Rising.    Dominic reports on the new Phelix bacteriophage Lyme test his wife with ME/CFS tested positive on. Possible new “break-through” blood test for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases Summary: A new type of blood test for tick-borne bacterial infections became available in September 2019: the Phelix Phage Test. The test looks […]

Harrogate Charity Urges Businesses Coming Out Of Lockdown To Consider Disabled People In Pre-opening Preparations

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   A Harrogate charity is urging businesses coming out of lockdown to consider the needs of disabled people in their pre-opening preparations. And for those opening their doors this coming Monday (June 1) – and in two weeks’ time – Disability Action Yorkshire has published guidance on how to achieve […]

Drugging The Gut Microbiome

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  By Clare Sansom in Chemistry World.   All disease begins in the gut. That saying is attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who gave his name to the oath that doctors still use today. It is undoubtedly a simplification, but an enormous range of diseases, many with no digestive symptoms, have been associated […]

Untangling The MUS Web

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  By Good Elf in Opposing MEGA. Untangling The MUS Web How badly have UK proponents of ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’ (MUS) misled the medical community? From the murky mire of ‘medical’ literature on ‘MUS’, one reference emerges as more rancid than the rest. This 2001 paper – https://www.sciencedirect.com/…/…/abs/pii/S0022399901002239… – by Nimnuan, Wessely and Hotopf has been used […]

Bus Company Forced To Act After Campaigner’s Wheelchair Space Victory

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner has secured an “important victory” that has forced a transport company to bring in new measures to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to use buses. Wheelchair-user Nina Grant, from north London, began legal action against Arriva after repeatedly being left on the pavement […]

Seizing the Moment: International ME/CFS COVID-19 Research Effort Begins

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   “I have sympathy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome now, and I believe this disease fast-tracks you into experiencing these symptoms.” Paul Garner – Infectious Diseases Specialist A lot of infections can trigger chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) but in some ways SARS-CoV-2 is different in ways that reminds […]

COVID-19 & The 2nd Wind Blows Into ME/CFS

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  By Jennie Jacques in jennie jacques.com.   I have a keen interest in what happens to our body after severe infection, particularly viral infection. And I would like to start my article by highlighting (with gratitude) ‘New Scientist’ who have pre-warned us, “Viral infections have previously been linked to problems with long-term fatigue symptoms. […]

Paul Garner: Covid-19 And Fatigue—A Game Of Snakes And Ladders

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  By Paul Garner in BMJ BMJ Blogs.   It’s over, I thought! It was the beginning of May, after the weirdest seven weeks of illness I had ever had, a roller coaster of exhaustion, pain everywhere, tinnitus, headaches, and fog: I felt remarkably well, almost high. The aches had gone, my mind was alive, […]

Why Certain Illnesses Remain Mysterious

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  By Sarah Ramsay in The Paris Review.   When I first began research for my book about women with mysterious illnesses, I was overwhelmed. No two women were alike. The number of illnesses that qualified as mysterious was staggering. Lyme, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, candida, Epstein-Barr, Ehlers-Danlos, polycystic ovary syndrome, subclinical hypothyroid, dysautonomia, irritable […]

Sadly, COVID-19 Could Just Be The Start Of Your Problems..

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  By Spoonseeker.   I know you have enough to worry about already with the pandemic situation the way it is, but there is something else important that you should know. The sad truth is that if you get COVID – 19 and survive, it could just be the start of your problems. Ever since […]

Minister Criticised By Government ‘Disability Champion’ Over Third Access Exemption

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government has been criticised by one of its own “disability champions” after it granted the transport industry its third temporary exemption from access laws, so it could continue to use inaccessible vehicles for rail replacement services. In December, it emerged that the government was allowing the […]

ME And My List

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ME AND MY LIST The eyes they slowly open A restless night behind Sleep didn’t want to come my way To rest my buzzing mind I gently rise to find my feet Hope the strength is there to greet My legs like stilts, …..no feeling I fall,…… to stare up at the ceiling It’s gonna […]

‘Leave No One Behind’ – ME Awareness Day 2020

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  There has been a sense of confusion in my heart since the Covid-19 Lockdown. Maybe by writing I can unravel the unease. Thoughts on ME & Covid-19 by Corina Duyn. For the past seven weeks – 55 days – life as we knew it has changed forever. A virus which nobody can see, but […]

Coronavirus: MPs And Peers Ask PM For A ‘Disability Inclusive’ Response To Pandemic

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By John Pring in Disability News Service. At least 10 disabled MPs and peers have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to ensure that the government improves its support for disabled people in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter, sent to Boris Johnson by the all-party parliamentary group for disability and […]

Study Of The Possible Conversion Of COVID-19 Patients To ME / CFS

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  From The Open Medicine Foundation.   Open Medicine Foundation is excited to announce the initiation of a study of patients with COVID-19 to monitor the course of their disease and its sequelae to ascertain whether they convert to ME / CFS and to study the molecular transformation if it occurs. This will involve  collection of body […]

COVID-19, NICE And ME: Towards Litigation ?

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  By Valerie Eliot Smith   On 18 March 2020, I tweeted this: “#coronavirus is ongoing international emergency. #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis has been international crisis/scandal for decades. In US #ME continues to be marginalised by @CDCgov  & @NIH. Nevertheless #ME advocacy must continue as #ME patients everywhere remain vulnerable + invisible.”    Since that tweet, the COVID-19 crisis has continued to escalate worldwide. Given that the disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) often has an […]

Coronavirus Could Cause Secondary Illnesses Including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Experts Warn

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By Sarah Newey in The Telegraph.   Covid-19 may trigger post-viral fatigue syndrome in some patients, experts have warned, amid growing evidence that an infection could have significant long term health repercussions. While initial reports focused on the impact that the coronavirus has on the respiratory system, a stream of medical papers published over the last few weeks […]

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