CFS in the News
Both CFS and the public awareness campaign have
been in the news recently. O, the Oprah magazine,
Ms. magazine, Minnesota Public Radio, WCCO-TV and many other print and broadcast
outlets have covered the illness this summer. In case you missed it, below is a small sample
coverage that occurred in just a three-week period.
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noteworthy coverage. So far, 182 people have thanked O magazine, 76 have
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and 202 have thanked Minnesota Public Radio for their
hour-long segment on CFS. These efforts help media outlets stay aware and positively focused on covering
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Examples of CFS media coverage in recent weeks
The much-anticipated article about chronic fatigue syndrome
hit newsstands in the September issue of O, the Oprah magazine. This
magazine has a total audience of 16,290,000. Investigative reporter Mary Fischer
interviewed Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit; Michelle Akers,
world-champion soccer star; Kim McCleary, president and CEO of the CFIDS
Association; Anthony Komaroff, MD, of Harvard Medical School; and Suzanne
Vernon, PhD, of the CDC for this article.
For the July/August issue of Ms. magazine, well-known
CFS expert Nancy Klimas, MD, discusses new research showing how the disease may
be connected to abnormalities in the immune system, brain and endocrine
regulation and outlining the dire need for more research funding and better
informed health care professionals.
Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning show interviewed
Dr. William Reeves of the CDC,
Minnesota physician Dr. Allan Kind
and award-winning author Laura Hillenbrand. Hosted by Kerri Miller, the
hour-long show offered an informative look into the illness while bringing
attention to the national public awareness campaign and the traveling photo
exhibit that was displayed at the Mall of America in
Minneapolis that week. The show was
aired on 11 Minnesota radio
KAXE Radio's "Morning Show" in northern
Minnesota interviewed Dr. James
Jones of the CDC and CFS patient Mary Baltich to provide both a scientific and a
personal look at CFS. 8/17/06.
WCCO-TV, the Minneapolis/St. Paul CBS affiliate, reported on
CFS and the traveling photo exhibit that was displayed at Mall of America.
Reporter Sue Turner interviewed CFS patient Joanne Brayden and CFIDS Association
staff member Tiffany Stovall. 8/06/06. In conjunction with the TV report, WCCO also
posted a story on their website. 8/07/06. http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_218211856.html
The August issue of Harvard Health Letter features a
Q&A on CFS. Dr. Anthony Komaroff answers a question about what help there is
on the horizon for CFS patients. This publication goes to 180,000 subscribers.
Greenstone Media Network did a 15-minute segment on CFS for
their syndicated radio show called "Women Aloud." 8/15/06. http://www.greenstonemedia.net/
For the Melrose Free Press in
Massachusetts, reporter Carol
Brooks Ball reported on CFS patient Pam Gobiel and her 11-year-old niece, who
has launched a web-based business as a way to help find a cure for CFS.
Reporter Janet Wetzel of the Cincinnati Enquirer
wrote about CFS patient Joan Shivers. 8/09/06. http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060731/NEWS01/607310334/-1/all
the Vail Trail writer Caramie Schnell reported on 18-year-old CFS
patient Lindsey Simmer. 8/16/06. http://www.vailtrail.com/article/20060816/COVERSTORY/60816003
About.com published a story in its Fibromyalgia and Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome section by Karen Richards titled. "Are You a Victim or Victor?"
On Mayoclinic.com there is a newly posted article called
"Fatigue: When to rest, when to worry" by Mayo Clinic staff. 8/16/06. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fatigue/HQ00673
"Joint Flexibility May Offer Insight into Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome" by Amanda Gardener of HealthScout.com has appeared in the following
publications: Health Scout, Health Central, Forbes,
Food Consumer and Health Day. http://www.healthscout.com/news/1/534241/main.html