Raising Awareness About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • Some noteworthy advances have been made in raising awareness about chronic fatigue syndrome over the past year.  Cort Johnson, editor of the Phoenix Rising newsletter, has written an excellent analysis of recent CFS advocacy efforts in his article “Taking Stock: CFS Advocacy 2007.”

    In case you haven’t been following CFS news closely, I’d like to give you some background on a couple of issues mentioned in Johnson’s article.  

    The CDC Scandal – In May 1999, the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that the Center for Disease Control had mismanaged funds earmarked for CFS research.  Nearly $13 million that the CDC reported as being spent on CFS research from 1995-98 was actually used for other unrelated programs.  The missing money was ultimately restored over the following five-year period.  For more background information, read: “CDC scandal.”
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    The CAA/CDC Media Campaign – In June 2006 the CFIDS Association of America and the CDC launched a $4 million nationwide public awareness campaign for chronic fatigue syndrome.  Although no one admits it, most suspect this was the CDC’s mea culpa for the misappropriated funds fiasco. For more background information, read: “National CFS Public Awareness Campaign to Launch This Summer.”

Published On: July 02, 2007