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“The treatment of ME has been Dickensian” – NICE’s roundtable on the ME/CFS guideline

After NICE’s roundtable, Janet Sylvester tells us: “I felt this was a positive meeting. There were large areas of agreement from all attendees, including all acknowledging the terrible experiences people with ME have had to endure. Together, the representatives from ME patient organisations were able to strongly get across the reality for people living with ME. I’m optimistic the guidelines will be published.”

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Cochrane redux

Get caught up!  Start with Cochrane Analysis: What’s Here, What’s Missing, Conclusions What has gone on before Cochrane Reviews are well-known systematic reviews of studies in healthcare, and are internationally recognized — enough to be considered the last word in healthcare as far as some medical publications are concerned.  In 2019, Larun et al. wrote

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New graded exercise warning on current ME/CFS guideline

#MEAction UK has just received a momentous email from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), advising us that they have updated the warning on the 2007 CFS/ME guideline, directing health professionals to the new draft recommendations on graded exercise therapy.

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Take action: graded exercise harming people with ME and COVID long haulers

#MEAction UK has sent an open letter to Matt Hancock asking him to recognise the harm caused by graded exercise therapy. We are calling on him to ensure all advice for people with ME, and those at risk of developing ME post-COVID, warns of the harm from graded exercise therapy. Join us by asking your MP to write to Matt Hancock too and telling them about your experience of ME.

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Graded exercise therapy not recommended for post-COVID fatigue, say NICE

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have released a document entitled “interim findings”, stating that the recommendation of graded exercise therapy for mild and moderate ME/CFS should not apply to people with fatigue following COVID-19. They note that the existing guideline was published in 2007, many years before the pandemic, and that they are aware of concerns around graded exercise therapy.

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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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UNSW tests graded exercise on mild CFS patients

Australia’s University of NSW’s Psychiatry Department tested a graded activity program on 25 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Before the study, patients could complete around 4 hours of ‘moderate intensity exercise’ a week (self-reported). It was not measured or recorded at the end of the program but the study found small improvements in cognitive performance, with some caveats.

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