Often dismissed as hypochondriacs, ME sufferers have been vindicated by science.
"Since the original Science paper was submitted, we have continued to refine our test for XMRV and have surprisingly found that 95pc ME/CFS samples tested positive for XMRV antibodies in the plasma," said Dr Judy Mikovits who led the research at the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) in the University of Nevada, Reno. The best way forward for ME sufferers here -- at least to diagnose them -- is for doctors to apply Canadian guidelines which set out a number of fixed criteria for diagnosing the illness.
Susan Daly, Irish Independent
* XMRV ME/CFS Breakthrough - Information Flow In Europe
ESME - European Society for ME/The One Click Group
* Dr David S Bell MD Lecture On ME/CFS And XMRV Virus, NY
Dr David S Bell MD, Lyndonville News
* Detection of an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Judy A. Mikovits et al, 10.1126/science.1179052, Science Express