4. Canada Bans Blood Donations From People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
Canada has become the first country to ban people
with chronic-fatigue syndrome from donating blood
OTTAWA — Canada has become the first country to ban people with chronic-fatigue syndrome from donating blood. The precautionary move is a result of Health Canada's concern over a virus known as XMRV, which has been linked to chronic fatigue. XMRV closely resembles the AIDS virus, prompting fears it can be similarly transmitted through blood transfusions. The virus has also been linked to prostate cancer. Dr Dana Devine, the vice-president of medical and research affairs for Canadian Blood Services, said she expects the new guidelines to take effect by the end of the month.
Canwest News Service, The Gazette
* XMRV Virus Testing Available From WPI For UK ME/CFS Patients
Information Release, UK XMRV Virus Study
* 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
5. Debunking Myth Of Lazy ME/CFS Sufferers
A recent survey by the TUC discovered that one in five public workers turned up for work during the past month – one of the coldest winters for 30 years – in spite of being poorly. Another report of the findings of an earlier survey, using a wider cross section of UK workers showed that 95 per cent have admitted to struggling into work when ill. It seems that people are not as work-shy, and do not take as many "sickies", as is often suggested. Why is it, then, that the very first assumption made about people with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) is that they are lazy and do not want to work, when that runs contrary to the national trend and when they previously had a good attendance record at work or school? These studies should help dispel this myth once and for all, and have doctors focusing on the organic cause of this disabling neurological illness, which keeps so many people who are willing but not able hidden from view and cut off from being as active in society as they long to be again.
Dr John H. Greensmith, Southern Reporter