November 2013 edition

Our Research News

Latest “Breakthrough” magazine
The autumn 2013 issue of “Breakthrough” magazine is now available (as a pdf or on-line Issuu version).  This issue contains coverage of ME Research UK-funded research on abnormal visual attention; immunological mechanisms; postural orthostatic tachycardia, and much more…

New publication – Eyes: pain, sensitivity and focus
The University of Leicester has been researching vision-related problems in ME/CFS patients, with funding from ourselves and the Irish ME Trust. The third scientific paper reporting their findings has just been published, and we’ve produced an overview.

New publication – Cerebral vascular control
The University of Newcastle group’s scientific paper on cerebral vascular control and its association with skeletal muscle pH has now been published in “Neuroimage”. Funded by ME Research UK, with the Irish ME Trust and the John Richardson Research Group. 

Useful Information on ME
A number of overviews, guidelines and reports have been written on the disease over the years, and this is a list of those we have found most useful.

New publication – Cognition and physical activity
Dr Kelly Ickmans is an ME Research UK Fellow at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, and has produced a scientific paper on the association between cognitive performance, physical fitness, and physical activity level in women with ME/CFS.

The voice of the patient
Patients’ views are not often heard – at least, not in formal publications like scientific papers or official reports. So, it is refreshing to read the newly-released U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) document (pdf download) called the “The Voice of the Patient”

Research Collaborative meeting
Trustee, Jan McKendrick, attended the recent Collaborative’s Executive Board Meeting. We’ve also produced an overview of the launch of the Collaborative earlier this year.

How to Help Us this Christmas

  • Alternative Christmas?
    If you’re not sending Christmas cards this year – and more and more people are stopping for various reasons – why not donate to ME Research UK instead? Just go to our Justgiving page to make a donation with your own personalised message, and then let all the people on your Christmas card list know what you’ve done!
  • Traditional Christmas
    We still have Christmas cards  available – but they are going fast! You can place your order by post or by phone.
  • Buying from Amazon
    You can help us greatly by ordering your gifts from Amazon (though the link at the top right of this page). And you can also buy a Christmas present for ME Research UK via our Amazon wish-list
                          And remember December 2nd 2013 is CYBER MONDAY – the biggest on-line shopping day of the year. A great day to click our Amazon link!
  • Easyfundraising
    Visit our shopping site and register as a supporter. This gives access to a myriad of retailers – Boots, John Lewis, Debenhams, Tesco, etc. Each retailer pays us commission and easyfundraising will e-mail you to say how much you have raised, there are special offers and discount vouchers, and it doesn’t cost you a penny more.
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    It’s over a year since we started our Facebook page and we already have over 1700 followers. The page is open so anyone can see what’s happening…

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