News You Can Use
Advocacy Alert: 5/2/2007
Whether advocating in your doctor's office or your state capital, two new tools may be of help to you.
The May issue of the ACP Observer, a publication of the American College of Physicians, covers CFS in a lengthy article by Jessica Berthold titled, "Putting chronic fatigue syndrome's myths to bed." In addition to interviews with CFS experts Dr. Lucinda Bateman and Dr. Anthony Komaroff, Berthold provides facts and statements from thought leaders affirming the "realities" of CFS. ACP Observer reaches 50,000 internal medicine physicians with its print publication and thousands of others through its web site. The article can be viewed and printed at http://www.acponline.org/journals/news/may07/fatigue.htm
Another respected organization, Research!America, is also helping spread credible information about CFS this month. During the week of May 7, Research!America will distribute a two-sided flier about CFS to Capitol Hill, health agency leaders, public health officials, research academics, governors, state legislators and media professionals. Through a collaboration with the CFIDS Association, Research!America developed this information as the 23rd installment in its “Investment in Research Saves Lives & Money” series. The flier will also be used in the Association’s Lobby Day information packets, Research!America’s outreach packets, and is available on both organizations’ websites. You can download it at http://www.cfids.org/advocacy/researchamerica.pdf or http://www.researchamerica.org/publications/RA-CFS_f.pdf. Funding for the joint initiative was provided by five Association donors.
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