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Debunking the myth of the militant minority

In the British media, ME activists who have opposed cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) are often been portrayed as an unreasonable, militant "minority." Members of the #MEAction Science and Treatment Policy and Media Working Groups have drafted this fact sheet to explain the real reasons why ME patients ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

UK CMRC conference on October 13 and 14

UK CMRC conference to be livestreamed on 13 and 14 October Parts of this year’s UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) international conference, which will be held in Newcastle on Tuesday the 13th and Wednesday the 14th of October, will be livestreamed by the charity Action for ME. The conference has ...

Push to change ME/CFS NICE guideline

Minutes just released for the 15 July 2015 meeting of the cross-charity Forward-ME group record a discussion with Dr Martin McShane of NHS England on getting him to recommend that the NICE guideline on ME/CFS should be revised. The guideline, which should be based on the best available scientific evidence, ...

This Video Could Save your Life

The Use of Patient Blogs as a Care Resource Thanks to Greg Crowhurst for his incredibly kind review of my presentation on his blog and for giving permission for me to share his review on the #MEAction site: "My heart goes out to anyone newly diagnosed with "ME", Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, ...