Forward-ME Group Minutes – 1 May 2018

Posted on 4 Jun 2018

Minutes of the Meeting held in Residence 1, House of Lords, Tuesday 1 May 2018, 2.00 pm Present: Countess of Mar (Chairman); Carol Monaghan MP; Amy Brett (PA to Ms Monaghan); Bill Kent (reMEmber);  Jane Colby & Anita Williams (TYMES Trust); Tony Crouch (25% Group); Christine Harrison (Brame); Clare Ogden (AFME); Dr Charles Shepherd (ME Association); Dr Nina Muirhead; Sue Waddle (ME Research UK); and Alexandra Heumber (Head of International...

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NICE Scoping Meeting 25th May 2018

Posted on 31 May 2018

On 25 May 2018, our Vice Chair, Mrs Sue Waddle attended NICE’s Scoping Meeting in London as part of the on-going process to replace the current Guideline on ME/CFS (CG53) which is due in 2020. Her personal view of the meeting is now available. The aims of the meeting were to obtain views on the draft scope of the review in relation to the areas for inclusion and to identify any omissions but also to encourage membership of the planned guideline...

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Can probiotics help?

Posted on 14 May 2018

Earlier this year, ME Research UK funded a new research study led by Prof. Yan Yiannakou in Newcastle looking at changes to the immune system and gut microbiome in patients with ME/CFS and those with irritable bowel syndrome. Gastrointestinal symptoms are very common among ME/CFS patients, and can include abdominal swelling and/or pain, nausea and vomiting, and abnormal bowel behaviour. Indeed, their presence is one of the criteria that can...

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International ME Awareness Day 2018 – WHO

Posted on 12 May 2018

It is fitting that on International ME Awareness Day 2018 that The International Alliance for ME, has written to the World Health Organisation’s Director-General in Geneva seeking a meeting to discuss the international response to the illness.  The letter has the support of organisations (such as Forward-ME) and charities (including ME Research UK)  from countries in the US, Australia, Spain, Japan, South Africa, as well as the UK. As the...

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Forward-ME Group Minutes – 28th March 2018

Posted on 27 Apr 2018

Notes of Meeting Held on 28th March 2018 Present: Countess of Mar (Chairman); Carol Monaghan MP; Dr William Weir; Dr Charles Shepherd (ME Association); Jane Colby (Tymes Trust); Sarah Reed (#MEAction); and Clare Ogden (Action for ME). Apologies: Hannah Clifton, Dr Paul Worthley and Dr Gareth Tuckwell (ME Trust); Bill and Janice Kent (ReMEmber); Cath Ross and Tony Crouch (25% ME Group); and Christine & Tanya Harrison (BRAME). Science Media...

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Forward-ME Group Letter – Science Media Group

Posted on 5 Apr 2018

Forward-ME Group Letter Forward-ME Group Chair, The Countess of Mar, has written on behalf of the members of the Group to the Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre asking for the SMC “to retract and replace your factsheet on CFS/ME, published on 21 March 2018”. The letter continues that the factsheet, entitled “CFS/ME – The illness and the controversy” “……. includes numerous inaccuracies and distortions; it denigrates patients and some...

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