Author name: David Tuller

Trial by Error: The NICE guidelines, and more on the CDC

By David Tuller, DrPH This month, the U.K. organization currently assessing whether to update the clinical guidelines for the illness it calls CFS/ME is seeking input from stakeholders in the process. Unfortunately, that’s not good news, it’s bad news. Why? The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or NICE, is an independent body that …

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Trial by Error, Guest Post: Questions About Professor Sharpe’s ‘Special Ethics Seminar’

by Steven Lubet On 1 June 2017, Professor Michael Sharpe presented the Special Ethics Seminar at Oxford University’s St Cross College. In his posted abstract, he asserted that some areas of scholarship are politicised (U.K. spelling in original), including the role of psychiatric or psychological approaches in the treatment of ME/CFS patients. Sharpe also likened ME/CFS …

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Trial by Error, Continued: More on Graded Exercise from Peter White and The Lancet

By David Tuller, DrPH [June 30, 2017: This post has been corrected and revised.] Professor Peter White and colleagues have published yet another study in The Lancet promoting graded exercise as an appropriate intervention for the illness they refer to as chronic fatigue syndrome but that is more appropriately called myalgic encephalomyelitis. (Two compromise terms, …

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Trial by Error, Continued: Is PACE a Case of Research Misconduct?

by David Tuller, DrPH [June 25, 2017: The last section of this post, about the PLoS One study, has been revised and corrected.] I have tip-toed around the question of research misconduct since I started my PACE investigation. In my long Virology Blog series in October 2015, I decided to document the trial’s extensive list …

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