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Netflix Docuseries “Afflicted” is Terrible

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We anxiously awaited the release of Netflix's docuseries, "Afflicted," on Aug. 10 and are appalled by the dismissive, psychosomatic lens through which the patients are ultimately portrayed. The casting director had said that the “intention is to look at these experiences through a compassionate lens and give voice to those struggling ...

NICE Guideline for ME: #MEAction UK Responds to Second Draft Scope

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is in the process of updating its guideline for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis by October 2020. #MEAction UK has issued a response to the second draft scope for the ME/CFS Guideline.  The scope is a document which will provide the framework for the new ...

M.E. Takes Center Stage at the Women’s Health Empowerment Summit

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This past May, the Women’s Health Empowerment Summit chose three patients to share testimonies about their illness and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis was chosen as one of the three! PwME Kat Fox discusses her experience participating at the summit. How did you get the opportunity to speak at the Women’s Health Empowerment Summit?  Well, for ...

Mother Shares Heartbreaking Testimony about Sons with Severe ME

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This mother has participated in CFSAC meetings more than 20 times in an effort to get the Health and Human Services to take appropriate action to address this health crisis. Her two sons have suffered from severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis for more than a decade. The photo was taken of her sons one month and ...

Watch the Stanford Research Update on T-cells

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Dr. Mark Davis, Director of the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection, talks about his work with T-cells to understand their role in ME/CFS and to determine if ME/CFS is an autoimmune disease. The Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is funding the work of Dr. Davis into ME/CFS ...

#MEAction Scotland Speaks at Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee – Watch the Video

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#MEAction Scotland appeared before the Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee on June 7th to give evidence on its petition to review treatment of ME patients in Scotland.  Watch the hearing: Not all petitioners are called before the Parliament’s Petitions Committee, so the fact that #MEAction Scotland has been summoned is very encouraging. The petition has received 7,000 ...

Make yourself Heard before U.S. Health Officials – Submit your Comment to CFSAC by June 13

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You showed up for #MillionsMissing, now is the time to show up before our federal agencies to demand that they take urgent and strategic action for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) will hold its bi-annual meeting on June 20th and 21st, and we need ...

Victory for #MEAction NY Activists: State Publishes Webpage about ME

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The New York State Department of Health has recently established a new webpage about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on its website, thanks to the hard work of #MEAction activists. New York is one of only three states in the U.S. that has a page on ME. (Illinois and Wisconsin have some ...

The NIH Plan for ME is Dismal

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Occupy M.E. describes the NIH's current plan to address the crisis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis as "do a little and wait." Blogger Jennie Spotila describes the agency's plan, which was found buried in the NIH 2019 budget request sent to Congress, as follows: NIH is going to wait for the new Collaborative ...

The Power of the Shoe

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    Shoes have been a powerful, unifying symbol for #MillionsMissing since the first global protest in 2016. Demonstrations across the world have displayed rows of shoes to represent what people are missing from their lives due to myalgic encephalomyelitis. The haunting image of rows of shoes symbolizing the effect of this ...