Saturday, April 17, 2010

CFIDS Watch: Horror Statistics from the US Government

 
EXCERPTS

Government statistics show an appalling neglect of ME/CFIDS research which is costing the US economy billions. From the CDC and NIH web sites:

  • Number of people in the US with HIV or AIDS, diagnosed or undiagnosed: 1.1 million
  • Number of new Lyme cases reported in the US between 1990 and 2008: 328,128
  • Number of people in the US with CFS: 1+ million (tens of millions more have "similar fatiguing illnesses" but don't meet the CDC's strict "research" criteria)
  • NIH money to be spent on HIV/AIDS research in 2010: $3 billion
  • NIH money to be spent on Lyme disease research in 2010: $23 million
  • NIH money to be spent on CFS research in 2010: $3 million (yes, you read that right. One thousand times less than HIV/AIDS!)
  • Number of categories getting more research money than CFS: 209
  • Number of categories getting less research money than CFS: 2
For perspective, here are some other examples of NIH funding categories for 2010:
  • hay fever, $6 million
  • Tourette Syndrome, $9 million
  • Carcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, $13 million
  • homelessness, $13 million
  • methamphetamine, $70 million
  • Small Pox, $98 million
  • violence research, $191 million
  • influenza, $212 million
  • health effects of climate change, $300 million
  • nanotechnology, $326 million
  • tobacco, $326 million
  • depression, $418 million
  • obesity, $687 million
  • networking and information technology R&D, $950 million
  • drug abuse, $1 billion
  • substance abuse, $1.8 billion
  • health disparities, $2.7 billion
  • bioengineering, $2.9 billion
  • biotechnology, $5.5 billion
What's wrong with this picture?

Thanks to Hillary Johnson and her blog post about the NIH's nifty new search engine, without which I wouldn't have discovered these horrifying statistics.
 

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