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Debate on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

MPs in Westminster Hall have debated the problems caused by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis on 2 February 2011.

ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), causes debilitating tiredness.

About 150,000 people in the UK have ME/CFS, 15,000 of whom are children.

A recent study on children has found further evidence that it could be caused by a virus.

Scientists at the University of Dundee study found abnormalities in the white blood cells of children with ME/CFS, suggesting they had been fighting off infection.

The debate was led by the Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar Ian Swales.

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