Tag: GET

Celebrating Our Wins for ME!

It has been been an exciting time for the myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) community these past few weeks. We are in awe of the sacrifices and hard work people with ME and their allies have made to make their voices heard.     #MEAction and the Solve ME/CFS Initiative organized the largest Advocacy Day ever with more than 200

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Cochrane Temporarily Removes Review of "Exercise Therapy for CFS"

Cochrane has temporarily removed a review from its database that claims exercise therapy is effective for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Cochrane is a database of medical reviews and meta-analyses, which medical providers around the world rely on for diagnosing and treating disease. Their review, Exercise Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, covers

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Denmark has some recommendations for ME… and they're pretty awful

Article written by Rebecca Hansen, Chairman of the Danish ME Association  The Danish Health Authority (SST) released their new treatment recommendations for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) patients on June 18 as part of a guideline called “Physical Training as Treatment.” The chapter on ME is nothing short of medical abuse. It defines ME as fatigue and states that

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Westminster Hall debate could be a 'turning of the tide' for ME

Today was a turning of the tide for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) as 26 MPs attended a Westminster Hall debate on treatment and research for ME.  MPs called for the immediate removal of Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) from the NICE guidelines, as patients have consistently reported being harmed from attempting to undergo this treatment. MP Ed Davey

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Reanalysis of PACE Trial Shows GET and CBT are Ineffective

What would have been the outcome of the PACE trial had the investigators followed its original protocol instead of relaxing the criteria for “recovery” as the trial progressed? Researchers have just published a paper seeking to answer this question in a reanalysis of the PACE trial based on its original protocol. The authors concluded that

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The Failure of Clinical Guidance for People with ME

ME advocate Mary Dimmock has written a comprehensive report about the flawed science that led to the recommendation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.  The patient community has long reported these treatments to be ineffective and harmful, and, yet, health societies and governments across the world

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How an Australian’s FOI request busted open a UK science scandal

The 2011 PACE trial examined the effect of graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy against standard medical care, but refused to share their data.
West Australian Alem Matthees filed a UK Freedom of Information Act. The ruling released the data and further examination found glaring problems with the study.

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