Author Archives: Jennie Spotila

Incompetence is Not Criminal

There is no disputing the fact that the Office of Disease Prevention botched the public comment process on the P2P report. But according to the Office of the Inspector General, it’s not worth their attention. In April, I asked the … Continue reading

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Very Very Aware

May 12th is International ME/CFS Awareness Day, selected because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. If you look around blogs and social media today, you’ll probably see a lot of blue ribbons and statements from patients. There’s the May 12th Blog … Continue reading

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The Burial of ME

Mary Dimmock has published an extraordinary review of the last thirty years of ME history. With her permission, I’ve reported her announcement with the link to the full document below. I highly recommend reading as much of this document as … Continue reading

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Awareness Reboot

Today’s post comes from Denise Lopez-Majano. She makes a powerful argument for the kind of awareness campaign we need. The release of the Institute of Medicine report resulted in an unprecedented amount of media coverage and public discussion. As has … Continue reading

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CFSAC Goings and Comings

There are a number of CFS Advisory Committee tidbits to share, with more goings than comings. Barbara James, the CFSAC Designated Federal Officer, is retiring from HHS at the end of April. No word on who will replace her. It’s … Continue reading

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P2P Missteps Continue

There are new developments in the continuing saga that is the NIH’s Office of Disease Prevention’s mismanagement of public comment on the P2P report. When I last wrote about this on April 3rd, ODP had acknowledged that yes indeed, they … Continue reading

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Alone in the Woods

I’m happy to share this guest post from Joe Landson. Man, can I relate to this! Each of us patients has that one dear relative, friend, or acquaintance – the one who tells us, repeatedly, that we can do anything … Continue reading

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Grief: Words Fail

There are a lot of things to say about grief, and I had a much longer post planned for today. But words fail me on this. And as a person whose only outlet is words (as opposed to work, socializing, … Continue reading

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P2P Mistrial

Yesterday, the following notice appeared on the P2P ME/CFS website in a red box: Important Notice: The ODP recently discovered that one set of public comments was not forwarded to the panel for consideration. Because the ODP is committed to … Continue reading

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Assessing Outcomes

The IOM, P2P and AHRQ reports all pointed out a serious gap in ME/CFS research: the absence of validated ways of assessing clinical outcomes. I have new information about an initiative to change that, and I’ll be speaking about my … Continue reading

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