A report on coverage
of CFIDS in the mainstream media.
November 8, BBC. Program on treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome in children,
tired," looked at how some parents who have rejected the psychiatric approach face hostility, accusations
that they are harming their children and the threat of government intervention into their children's care.
10, The Washington Post. An item indicating that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has asked Attorney
General Janet Reno for a criminal investigation into misspending at the CDC ran in the newspaper's "Washington
in Brief" section. The story was also covered by the Associated Press.
November 10, Chicago
Tribune. Barbara Brock, a 52-year old PWC, was profiled in a story by Bob Condor.
11, Wall Street Journal. A front-page article on skull and spine surgery for chronic
fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia debates whether it is an effective and appropriate treatment in all
cases. The CFIDS Association responded with a letter to the editor, noting that it is not a "magic bullet"
November 20, The Economist. "The soul of a new disease," the lead article in the
Science and Technology section, discusses research into the causes of chronic fatigue syndrome, including
problems with the mind-body connection, poor regulation of melatonin (a hormone that signals the brain
to sleep) and infection.
December 14, Dateline NBC. One of the lead segments presented the stories
of two women with CFS symptoms who had skull surgery to correct a Chiari malformation.
20, Sports Illustrated. A feature on the U.S. women's soccer team---athletes of the year---describes
Michelle Akers'experience with chronic fatigue syndrome. A December 10 San Francisco Examiner
article on Akers notes that an international governing body for soccer recently cleared her to take medication
for blood pressure regulation that was previously banned for competing athletes.
NBC News. Several affiliates, including the Omaha, Nebraska, station ran a story on the connection between
mycoplasma infections, chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illness. The story acknowledges the controversy
surrounding multiple-symptom diseases. "Some doctors think they are psychological," says an infectious
disease specialist. "But patients are suffering from these diseases even when physical exams don't reveal
anything of note."
January 7, SCIENCE magazine. "CDC struggles to recover from debacle
over earmark," by Martin Enserink, focuses on the possible damage the misappropriation of CFS funds may
cause to the CDC as an agency, while noting that it is a "self-inflicted wound." Dr. William Reeves, head
of CFS research, is quoted as saying "Now that we have complete and unfettered control over the money,
the program is going very well." He details follow-up actions being taken, such as new resource allocation.
Thanks to those who have been working with the media to increase awareness
The CFIDS Public Relations (CPR) Team helps to monitor the media and responds to particularly positive
or troublesome news reports. Please clip articles about CFIDS, note the name and date of the publication,
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