MedPage Today Focuses on Need for Recognition of ME/CFS and Research Funding
MedPage Today, a news site for medical workers, published an article about ME/CFS that mentions the #MEAction campaign to increase federal research funding.
The article gathered quotes from top ME/CFS researchers Leonard Jason and Lucinda Bateman, and it summarized the findings of the recent Institute of Medicine report on ME/CFS. Physicians who know little about ME/CFS can get a quick education about the seriousness of the illness and the need for more research by reading the piece.
The article also points out the problems in how the National Institutes of Health reviews grant applications for ME/CFS, and quotes Carol Head of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative urging the NIH to create a dedicated pot of funding to research ME/CFS.
In highlighting the 30-year debate over whether ME/CFS is “real,” the piece also revisits the 1996 case of Judith Curren, an ME/CFS patient who took her own life with the assistance of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
One tip to the MedPage Today editors: “Chronic fatigue” is a symptom, not an illness, so you might want to change your headline.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#E6443D” class=”” size=””] Both the IOM report and the CFSAC recommendations emphasized the dearth of federal investment in the disease.