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Scientists demand independent analysis of PACE trial

Virology Blog today published an open letter from six leading scientists calling on The Lancet to seek an independent re-analysis of data from the controversial PACE trial. The Lancet published the first PACE trial paper in 2011, which examined psychological and exercise therapies aimed at getting chronic fatigue syndrome patients more active and was based

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James Coyne tells PACE authors: Stop fighting data release

Professor James Coyne today publicly urged the PACE trial authors and Queen Mary University of London to stop fighting the release of raw data from the study. He used his popular blog in a powerful call to those responsible for withholding the information from the £5 million, taxpayer-funded trial to “let the People’s data go”.

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Share this film and join the petition to reform the NICE guidelines

On Friday, 30th October, Change For M.E. Change For Us launched their short film, The Last Great Medical Cover Up. The film details the extent of medical discrimination and neglect people living with M.E. are being subjected to every day. The 35 minute documentary features 6 individuals expressing what it’s really like to have a

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Government orders release of PACE trial data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered Queen Mary University of London to release anonymized PACE trial data to an unnamed complainant. Queen Mary has 28 days to appeal the decision. The report outlines the scope of the data requested, Queen Mary’s arguments for refusing to release the data and the Commissioner’s justification for siding with the patient requesting the

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#MEAction Google Hangout: UK

This is the second of our new series of periodic calls for #MEAction co-founders Jen Brea and Beth Mazur to meet other activists “face to face.” It’s an opportunity to ask big picture questions about the platform, brainstorm strategy, and offer suggestions for future directions. We’d love this call to especially focus on connecting with activists

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Prof. Jonathan Edwards: PACE trial is "valueless"

OPINION PACE is valueless for one reason: the combination of lack of blinding of treatments and choice of subjective primary endpoint. Neither of these alone need be a fatal design flaw but the combination is. The only possible mitigation of this flaw would be if: 1. There were no acceptable alternatives to a subjective primary

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Misleading PACE claims should be retracted

Given the weak and flawed methodologies of the PACE trial, which claims that CBT and GET led to the recovery of ME/CFS patients, we, the undersigned patients, doctors, scientists, parents, children, family, friends, caretakers and #MEAllies: – call upon The Lancet to retract the claim made in its February 2011 editorial [1] that 30% of

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PACE Trial Controversy Grows

In wake of David Tuller’s investigation, PACE investigators publish follow up study Last week, journalist David Tuller published a four-part investigative piece on the 2011 PACE trial, a £5 million (US$8 million) non-blind study of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and graded exercise (GET) as treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. In his piece, Tuller quotes top

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David Tuller Tears Apart PACE Trial

Health scientist and New York Times published journalist David Tuller today launched a damning critique upon the UK’s £5 million PACE trial in an article published on the popular Virology Blog. The PACE trial was an open-label study of graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome that used subjective measures as

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