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Unidentified Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a major cause of school absence: surveillance outcomes from school-based clinics
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    Editor's Note

    Since publication, BMJ Open has received queries relating to the ethical approval statement in the article along with the reference number provided. We have asked the University of Bristol to investigate the accuracy of the statement and to confirm that the correct approval processes were followed. We are also in contact with the Health Research Authority, who are investigating the project.

    Once we have clarification of the ethical approval process, we will post an update.

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    Re:Research is not convincing

    myalgc encephalomyelitis is viral damage to the brainstem. the rest is nhs garbage.

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    Is there substance behind the headline?

    'Chronic Fatigue syndrome affects 1 in 100 pupils'

    This statement featured prominently on the BBC website and drew me first to press article and then the study. It seemed like reasonable research on first glance, it involved 2855 pupils and was published in a BMJ journal. However on closer inspection, the study is flawed.

    The authors present a clear agenda that they feel CFS/ME remains undiagnosed an...

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    Uncontrolled study proves little about value of therapy received

    This paper (1) includes data on two separate (but related) issues: (i) the prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ("CFS/ME") (NICE criteria (2)) in children aged 11-16 and (ii) information on how they fared when they received therapy at the CFS clinic. The relative rigour that is brought to the first set of data may mean some may miss that many questions remain about th...

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    Research is not convincing

    I am concerned by the level of coverage this article has received. For this is a service provision descriptive pilot involving a tiny group of just 23 children. It is short , non randomised, has no controls and interventions completely unblinded. There is also an issue around commissioning bias , for the investigating group clearly believe that CFS is underdiagnosised in children. The Radio coverage presented considera...

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