Category Archives: Commentary

CDC: Speculations and Consequences

Controversy continues over the Senate appropriations committee report’s recommendation that the CDC’s CFS program funding be eliminated for FY 2016. We have certainly debated the merits and faults of the program from just about every angle on this blog. But … Continue reading

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No CDC Funding for CFS?

ME/CFS advocates focus almost exclusively on research funding from the National Institutes of Health, and with good reason. But now it appears that funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s CFS program may be at risk in the 2016 appropriations … Continue reading

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Talk Is Cheap

In today’s guest post, Denise Lopez-Majano makes the case that the time for talk is over and the time for action is now. For decades, stakeholders have advocated for funding commensurate with the severity of ME/CFS. The government’s response has … Continue reading

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Showing the Back of Their Heads

The final P2P report is published, and now it’s time to evaluate the quality of the recommendations and how well the process served ME/CFS patients. There are many good things in the P2P report, and I’ll be focusing on those … Continue reading

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Stuck? Four Months of Almost Nothing

In this guest post, Dr. Alan Gurwitt argues that it is time for ME/CFS advocacy to move on and move forward. The post first appeared on the website for the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, and is reprinted here with … 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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This Week in Virology Covers ME/CFS

You may remember This Week in Virology (TWiV) from their XMRV coverage several years ago. I’ve remained an avid listener of the show, simply because it is such a great ongoing conversation about science. And TWiV has continued its coverage … Continue reading

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Case Definition Bingo

Our disease is plagued by too many case definitions, with the Institute of Medicine’s Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) being the most recent. Our federal agencies are thus far continuing the agnostic position of accepting whatever case definitions are proposed … Continue reading

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