Thursday, July 30, 2015

The NIH's Blindspot: The Real Reason ME/CFS and FM Funding Stinks

 
The NIH spends about $440 million/year on the bottom forty diseases. Compare that to the NIH's total budget ($30 billion) and you can get a rough estimate of how little the money it spends on them. Where do ME/CFS and FM rank in all this? Chronic fatigue syndrome is the 10th and fibromyalgia is the 18th worst funded disease category/condition at the NIH.  If you take away three non-disease categories (hyperbaric oxygen, climate change, global warming) the NIH funds, ME/CFS becomes the fifth worst  disease funded by the NIH. 

Read more: The NIH's Blindspot: The Real Reason ME/CFS and FM Funding Stinks http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2015/07/29/nih-blindspot-reason-mecfs-fibromyalgia-poor-funding/