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Erica Verrillo

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Erica F. Verrillo was completing her doctorate in Speech Communication before falling ill with CFS in 1992. She is the co-author, with Lauren Gellman, of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 1st Edition (St. Martin's). She is also the author of three middle reader fantasies, Elissa's... Full Bio
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The IOM Report: The Good, The Bad, and the Absolutely Hideous by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The IOM Report, "Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness" was released on Tuesday February 10, 2015.  (You can read and/or d ... Read on »
The King and Martin: A Boy With ME Writes the King of Norway by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Will King Harald V listen to the ill children of Norway? This touching letter was originally posted on  fryvil.com . Reprinted with permission. It is hard enough when ... Read on »
IOM Will Present Findings at Public Briefing on Feb 10 by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Announcement Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – IOM Report Presents New Diagnostic Criteria Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome -- commonly known as ME/CFS ... Read on »
Survey Establishes Need for ME/CFS Centers of Excellence by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Wanted: Patient Participation in Quality of ME/CFS Medical Care Survey The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee’s Centers of Excellence Wor ... Read on »
Australian Researcher Challenges Measures of "Recovery" in PACE Trial by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Alem Matthees is an Australian researcher who has investigated methods of assessing recovery in ME/CFS. (His article, "Assessment of recovery status in chronic fatigue ... Read on »
Dissent from Within: A Psychologist Criticizes PACE for Doing Harm to Patients by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Carolyn Wilshire has written  an excellent response  to the recent rehashing of the PACE trial posted in Lancet Psychiatry . Wilshire, who is a Senior Lecturer in the S ... Read on »
Invest in ME Delivers Scathing Response to P2P Report, Suggests Hidden Agenda by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Invest in ME, a UK charity whose primary focus is on biomedical research into the causes, mechanisms, treatments for ME has made its response to the P2P Draft Report - ... Read on »
IACFS/ME Critiques P2P Draft Report, Insists on Increased Funding  by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome At less than $5 per person, ME/CFS is somewhere below the black line. In a brief but hard-hitting letter to the P2P panel, the International Association for CFS/ME (IACFS ... Read on »
Tom Kindlon blasts "fear avoidance of exercise" in the British Medical Journal by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It seems as if the most prestigious medical journals in the UK can't get enough of the PACE trial, even when the results are not only old hat, but a very bad fit with g ... Read on »
When Bureaucrats Smile: The perpetuation of the status quo by HHS, Jerrold Spinhirne comments by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Bureaucrats of Medicine, by Jose Perez Thomas Sowell has been quoted as saying, “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedu ... Read on »
NIH Pathways to Prevention: Advancing the Research on ME/CFS: Summaries of Day 2 by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The second (and last) day of the P2P workshop revolved around how to identify subtypes. Some of these presentations (Natelson, Klimas, Hornig, Saligan) included interes ... Read on »
NIH Pathways to Prevention: Advancing the Research on ME/CFS: Day 1, Afternoon Sessions by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The afternoon sessions of Day 1 of the P2P workshop revolved around two key questions the first of which asked how innovative research could be fostered to hel ... Read on »
NIH Pathways to Prevention: Advancing the Research on ME/CFS: Day 1: Morning Session Summaries by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Left to right: Kathleen M. O’Neil, Penney Cowan, Carmen R. Green, Ronit Elk, Angela L. Rasmussen For those who did not have a chance to watch the video of the P2P Worksho ... Read on »
Large-scale analysis shows brain inflammation is a hallmark of autism - Parallels with ME/CFS? by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A large-scale autopsy study performed by Johns Hopkins has revealed that the brains of people with autism show chronic inflammation produced by microglial activation. T ... Read on »
US Disabled Hold Protests at Bethesda by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By Russell Logan From Press Release:  December 10, 2014 . Protesters rallied outside the NIH campus in Bethesda MD on December 10, angry at the US government’s con ... Read on »
Help the National ME/FM Action Network win $5000! by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome You can vote once a day, every day, until the semi-finals are over on December 10.  Voting is easy. Just sign in automatically with your Facebook account and click o ... Read on »
"Let's Blow The Lid Off This Thing!": ME Advocacy Group initiates national media campaign by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome To donate to the national PR campaign  click HERE . From  ME Advocacy.org Now Is the Time for a National PR Campaign for ME/CFS! "HHS, NIH, fasten your s ... Read on »
A Tale of Two Meetings: CFSAC and P2P by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Two important meetings are scheduled for early December: CFSAC (CFS Advisory Committee) and P2P (Pathways to Prevention). The CFSAC meeting will be held on  December 3- ... Read on »
Cochrane Review Finds CBT "not more effective than enhanced care" by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome When a physician fails to find a cause for physical symptoms (medically unexplained physical symptoms, or MUPS), the patient is usually given a diagnosis of 'somatoform ... Read on »
"Government unreasonable": Judge Vince Chhabria orders HHS and NIH to pay fees in FOIA suit by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome On January 9, 2014, Attorney Jeannette Burmeister filed a federal lawsuit against HHS and NIH in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for fai ... Read on »