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PACE trial aftermath: ME Association writes to the Science Media Centre

Posted Mar 10 2011 2:01pm

The following email has been sent today to Fiona Fox (Director) and Helen Jamison (Senior Press Officer) at the Science Media Centre.

Posted by Tony Britton on the ME Association's Website on March 10, 2011

Dear Ms Fox and Ms Jamison

The ME Association has a number of concerns about the way in which the Science Media Centre is dealing with the subject of ME/CFS and presenting it to the media.

There is a wide spectrum of medical opinion as to what causes this condition and how it should be managed. However, this is not being reflected in the views of the ‘medical experts’ you choose to go to when an ME/CFS research paper appears.

The most recent example is the SMC press release - http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/pages/press_releases/11-02-17_cfsme_trial.htm – covering publication of the PACE trial results in The Lancet on 17 February. All of the SMC ‘medical experts’ who provided quotes for the media were strongly in support of the PACE trial results – with nobody pointing out any of the flaws or criticisms of this study.
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